Major: music, economics
Hometown: Beijing, China
Graduate School: Berklee School of Music (Valenica, Spain)
Field of Study: master's in scoring for film, television and videogames
Hometown: Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
Graduate School: University of Oregon
Field of Study: music
I will pursue my master's of music (M.M.) in trumpet performance. I will also hold the graduate employee position in the brass area, where I will play with the University of Oregon Brass Quintet, instruct trumpet tech classes and serve as the trumpet studio's TA.
How has Dickinson prepared you for your future?
Dickinson has helped me engage with my craft in a way that is intellectual, interpersonal and genuinely meaningful. I learned this approach in the Dickinson classroom, through conversations over late-night study sessions, in grabbing coffee with professors and by reflecting on the significance of global engagement when walking around campus. Every moment, whether big or small, helped me get to this point.
What are you most anticipating about your future?
I'm excited to continue to bring my liberal-arts approach to my trumpet playing and pedagogy. I long to be a scholarly performer and well-rounded teacher, and while I have years of training ahead of me, I believe that Dickinson laid the foundation for me to engage with music in a holistic, critical manner.
What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?
Traveling to Poland and playing in a professional orchestra on a Dickinson Kenderdine grant was a life-altering experience. For me, this was the equivalent of studying abroad, and I gained extremely valuable professional experiences that put me in the right frame of mind as I prepared for graduate school auditions. Taking musicology and ethnomusicology courses helped me to think about music far beyond just notes on a page. Office hours, meals and conversations with Dickinson's faculty never failed to leave my mind blown in even the shortest and most casual of interactions. Being a part of the 94th Class of Wheel and Chain brought a whole new meaning of community into my life, and every moment spent with these individuals changed me for the better.
Published April 24, 2018