Kayli Perrine is a Valparaiso University graduate with a B.A. in Music Performance (Magna Cum Laude ‘19) and an M.A. in Arts and Entertainment Administration (Highest Distinction ‘20). During her time at VU, Kayli held many leadership roles, such as Music Director (2018) and President (2019) for VU’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity for women. In 2019, Kayli was awarded the Sword of Honor and Ruby Sword of Honor for outstanding collegiate leadership from Sigma Alpha Iota. She was additionally recognized as the region finalist for the National Collegiate Leadership Award in 2019 through the same organization. Kayli also held other leadership positions at VU, including Assistant Music Director of Kantorei, the Chapel of the Resurrection’s premier choral group. From 2016 through 2019, Kayli led sectional music rehearsals, helped prepare and conduct choral anthems, and aided the director during Sunday morning worship services. In this group, Kayli also performed as a soloist for many Sunday morning services. Lastly, Kayli was the pianist for Valparaiso University’s Jazz Ensemble from 2016 through 2019. This ensemble was expected to perform many times throughout the academic year, from Tuesday night gigs at Duffy’s Place, to annual performances at Polo Cafe in Chicago, as well as Valparaiso University’s Annual Jazz Festival.
Kayli’s education and career goals were not only limited to music. During her final year of graduate school, she discovered a deep interest in reading and writing poetry while enrolled in a poetry course. In May of 2020, Kayli presented her finalized poetry chapbook entitled, My Love of the Sea, in memoriam of her childhood friend, Corey, at the virtual Graduate Academic Symposium. Presenting at the symposium in addition to her outstanding course record brought the attention of VU’s Graduate School. Upon obtaining her MA degree, Kayli was inducted into the Athenaeum Honor Society for Graduate Students. The Athenaeum is an honor society sponsored by the Graduate School that recognizes the scholarly, creative, and intellectual pursuits of graduate students.
Today, Kayli teaches private music lessons, including piano, voice, musicianship, and music theory at Gratz Opus 118 in Valparaiso, IN. In addition, she plays piano for private events, is a freelance church musician, and a piano accompanist for local middle/high schools. Every once in a while, Kayli is also invited back to VU to perform as a vocal soloist for the Chapel of the Resurrection or as a sit-in pianist for the Jazz Ensemble. Though her music career was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, that has not stopped Kayli from working towards her goals. Her interest in administrative work and passion for helping others is what led her to Family Wellness Center’s office. As Office Manager, she is always more than willing to assist anyone in their outreach for therapy.