Irene Kohute joined the School of Music family in 1994, and she currently serves as the Admissions Coordinator. She was the recipient of the College of Arts and Architecture's award for staff excellence in 2007. Irene received a bachelor of science in music education (bassoon) from Mansfield University, and taught vocal, general, and instrumental music in Pennsylvania as well as in Fairbanks, Alaska. From 1978 to 1986, she served as principal bassoonist of the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestra. The mother of three children and two stepchildren, Irene is choir director of the Orthodox Church in Osceola Mills. When not busy with her work responsibilities, she enjoys studying the Civil War and touring battlefields, and especially visiting her grandchildren, Zachary and Christina, in Texas.