What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I am currently finishing my two year term on the board of the Maryland Students for the Arts student organization. This school year as undergraduate co-chair I worked to bring a new initiative to life called MSA Outbursts - a program that arranges and encourages spontaneous chamber music performances in unusual locations on the UMD campus. After hearing from many music students about both their desire for more performances opportunities and their dissatisfaction with the low student audience turnout at our large ensemble concerts, I founded MSA Outbursts in an attempt to remedy both issues. So far we have partnered with The Clarice and the School of Music. Though the program is still in its early stages, it has been a pleasure and an excellent learning experience to get it off the ground!
In addition to my work on the MSA board, this 2016-17 school year I was elected to serve as an undergraduate student representative to the School of Music Assembly. My role as a representative is to attend Assembly meetings (the Assembly comprises all UMD SoM faculty and staff) and voice questions or concerns of the undergraduate student body. The meetings are extremely informative, and I have gained many new perspectives of the School of Music thanks to my position as a representative.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarships are the reason I am able to study at the University of Maryland at all. As an out-of-state student, tuition is sky high for me, and I simply would not be able to attend university here if it weren't for the generous donors that contribute to my scholarships. When it comes to studying of music, my world has completely opened up and changed since beginning my studies at the UMD School of Music. I have countless opportunities to learn and perform, with enough flexibility built into the program that I can venture into new artistic territories at a personalized pace.
My junior year has been a whirlwind of exciting musical endeavors. In the fall semester, two colleauges and I gave a recital of oboe, viola, and piano music, highlighting the work 5 Schilflieder by August Klughardt. I also took a chamber music course entitled Meaningful Connections, led by Professors Irina Muresanu and Rita Sloan, which focused on innovative ways to program and give valuable chamber music performances, and culminated in a class recital of works written only by female composers. Both the trio recital and my involvement in this course were extremely empowering performance experiences. I cannot wait to take all that I learned from that course alone and begin to program and perform chamber music independently.
This spring semester has been equally as challenging and nourishing. On April 21st I gave my Junior Recital, which is a requirement of my degree. The program featured the Bach G minor Oboe Sonata BWV1030b, the Mozart Oboe Concerto in C Major, and two contemporary works to begin and end the program. It was a huge undertaking, and a valuable learning opportunity. The next step is graduate school auditions! I will be giving my Senior Recital in the fall 2017 semester, and auditioning at music schools for my masters in the winter and early spring of 2017-18.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
I chose to attend the University of Maryland to study with Mark Hill, the oboe professor a the UMD School of Music. He has been a great teacher and advocate for me since I began my schooling here, and I'm grateful for his guidance. The best part of being a UMD student is the freedom to fall down any rabbit hole of my choosing! I have the liberty and support to explore any and every interest, particularly in the School of Music. It is remarkable to be at a music school that is not too entrenched in tradition to welcome its students' curiosity and desire to play music by ALL composers. I am happy to be a part of such an innovative community and learning environment.