20 Aug 2017
How did you discover your passion for music?
When I first picked up the flute in fourth grade, almost 11 years ago, I thought that music would simply be a fun elective. I had always enjoyed watching films and various live productions but hadn’t envisioned myself on the stage or in front of the camera. This was until I saw “Wicked” in fifth grade, which was my first Broadway experience. I vividly remember leaving that theater with a mindset much different than the one I entered with: “I’m going to be a performer.”
What has been the hardest part about pursuing music?
Both of my parents were in the U.S. Army, so it’s safe to say that we’ve moved quite a bit, with Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music being the 20th school I’ve attended. I am grateful for my experiences as a military brat and the diversity, flexibility and knowledge I have gained from it. One thing that never gets old is seeing the emotions that a symphony or musical can bring out of an audience. The hardest part of performing is knowing that some people may never be fully aware of the power in fine arts.
Why did you pick Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music?
When selecting a college, I looked for quality of education, affordability, availability and diversity of opportunities, and connectivity. It is important to go somewhere where you feel comfortable socially and effectively challenged. Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music’s larger student body awards students with countless opportunities to perform with a broad range of elite fellow performers and colleagues, all under the guidance of world-renowned faculty members. The student body is my favorite part of Jacobs because it’s almost dreamlike to be around people who understand and share the same passion for the arts as you do. With Jacobs being an international school of music, it is fascinating to see that music affects people from all around the world.
I will never forget when I saw my first Jacobs opera production. I was sitting in the second balcony, just frozen in complete awe of the quality of performance occurring on the stage. After the show, I ended up getting season tickets because I couldn’t wait to see more. The ballet department also left me speechless, not just because of the ways their bodies could bend in comparison to mine, but because of how dedicated and detailed each dancer was. Sure the level of achievement required at Jacobs can seem daunting, but why not apply to a school that will effectively push you to be better at your craft?
What do you like best about Jacobs?
Yes, the field of music can be extremely competitive, but here at Jacobs, students genuinely want their peers to succeed, and this unique knit between students helps to foster the extremely high levels of performance. A perk of such a large student body is the number of concerts and recitals. These opportunities to see various types of performance really mold Jacobs students into very well-rounded performers and teachers.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
As a triple major in Music Education, Flute Performance, and Musical Theatre, (which shows Jacobs’ level of degree customization), I see myself in 10 years sharing my passion everywhere from symphony hall and television to film and Broadway.