Oral History Information
Katie Helgeson remembers the day in the fourth grade when a local music store brought instruments to her school to try out. She asked the instructor which was the hardest to learn and so started her journey in music with the French Horn. After college, she gravitated to the same music store she hung out at as a kid and began cleaning instruments and helping out whenever she could. Today she is the Operations Manager for the Music Shoppe in Normal, Illinois. Katie participated in the Women of NAMM (WoN) leadership summit in October 2022. WoN is a council of NAMM dedicated to increasing female representation in the music industry by connecting, supporting, and growing female leadership.