When Emily Duncan first learned to play the flute, it was supposed to help her become a better singer. Now, it's her ticket to the Juilliard School in New York City to begin a two-year master's program in flute performance.

Music was important to Duncan from an early age. Her mother, a church music director, supported her desire to pursue singing but suggested she learn to play an instrument so she could read and understand music from a different perspective. The instrument soon grew out of its supplementary role and into her primary passion.  

Duncan, a University of Iowa graduating senior from Iowa City, Iowa, will graduate from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday with degrees in flute performance and English. Though she was determined to continue her education beyond undergraduate studies, she initially found applying to the prestigious performing arts school intimidating.

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