Federico Hernandez Nater came to Illinois knowing he wanted to do something related to music. He had been experimenting with recording software before applying to the music technology program, and really enjoyed being able to use technology in a music-making setting. He was thrilled to be accepted into the Music Technology program as a James Scholar in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. He also went on to pursue minors in Spanish and Informatics and is graduating as a Distinguished Chancellor’s Scholar.
In addition to his academic focus on music technology, Hernandez Nater was a part of the Illini Union’s noontime performers program. His sets consisted of him singing and playing the piano to pop music or whatever he was listening to at the moment.
Within music technology, he was able to work with Carla Scaletti, a creator of the sound design software Kyma, in a graduate-level course. Both the university and the School of Music allowed him lots of freedom with how he took courses during his four years, which gave him the opportunity to explore many passion areas in an academic context.
Upon graduation, Fernandez Natar hopes to work in sound design, but he is considering the possibility of doing a graduate degree in the future. He also aspires to put an album out one day.
“I don’t think there’s anything more fulfilling than being able to put on different hats and work towards a diverse set of goals. College isn’t easy, and it isn’t going to be a string of successes. You’re going to meet failure at many points, I know I have," he said. "But what you do in between failures and what you seek out is really what makes college a unique and fulfilling experience. My advice to any student is to seek out opportunities as much as you can: that’s what has made my time at Illinois transformational.”