Natalia Panozzo is combining her Miss Treasure Coast crown with her passion for music education.
Panozzo received her crown in March, and since then has advocated for music education to promote healthy child development. As Miss Treasure Coast, Panozzo will meet with Florida legislators and business executives to advocate for school music departments so every student has resources, instruments and opportunities to perform.
Panozzo is a sophomore at Palm Beach Atlantic majoring in music education with a double concentration in vocal and instrumental pedagogy. She plans to use her education and experience to become a music teacher.
“Music is the perfect opportunity to encourage and teach kids in a way that math or science can’t,” said Panozzo. She sees the variety of music styles and genres as a way to teach young students to be thoughtful and open-minded.
Music has always been a part of Panozzo’s life. Her mom encouraged each child to appreciate the arts and learn an instrument. As a young girl, Panozzo found her niche in the strings department, mastering the violin and the cello.
She connected with PBA through her high school’s performance at The Breakers Palm Beach. Dr. Jason Lester, dean of the College of the Arts, gave Panozzo his business card and encouraged the young musician to apply for PBA’s music department. Shortly after, Panozzo was accepted and enrolled in Fall 2020.
In June, Panozzo will compete for the Miss Florida crown to continue her advocacy for music education on a state level. She added, “I don’t know where all I will go, but I do know I will be speaking God’s hope and love with each step.”
Photo 1: PBA sophomore Natalia Panozzo, who is studying music education, was crowned Miss Treasure Coast. She is using her title to advocate for more musical opportunities in schools.
Photo 2: PBA sophomore Natalia Panozzo plays the cello while competing for Miss Treasure Coast.