Milos Karadaglic and the ISO

Saturday, November 17, 2012 by Katherine Hill

This past Sunday provided a wonderful opportunity for students and community members.  The School of Music brought the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to DePauw for an amazing performance featuring Milos Karadaglic, a classical guitar player.  He played beautifully and I enjoyed the mix of classical guitar with a traditional orchestra.  That was something I hadn't heard before.  The tickets were free for students, and Kresge Auditorium was packed!

After the ISO finished their performance, the audience applauded so enthusiastically for so long that they even gave an encore performance!  The best part is that the ISO is coming back to DePauw again second semester...I cant' wait!

I love being a College of Liberal Arts (CLA) student at DePauw because while I am not actually part of the School of Music (SOM), I can enjoy the concerts and events such as these frequently!  The music school provides over 150 concerts and performances a year, so there is always something to watch!  

Midterms, Greek God and Goddess and Voces8- Just a typical week at DePauw

Friday, October 26, 2012 by Katherine Hill

As students, we are reminded of DePauw's academically challenging environment especially during weeks like this.  Midterms have kept almost all of us busy for the past two weeks, so at this point, we're all looking forward to our full week-long fall break!! 

While we have been studying and writing papers constantly this week, there have also been some amazing study break opportunities to take advantage of.  

Last weekend was one of the athletic hallmarks of the school year.  For the Old Gold Football game, many alums come back to see DePauw and interact with current students.  It was also Dad's day at my sorority, so my dad came down to watch the game with me!

  Another student life favorite event happened last night.  The Greek God and Goddess competition is a dance competition between all of the fraternity and sorority houses.  The level of effort put into routines ranges from several hours of practice to several weeks of practice and all of the houses show off their routines in the Lily Gym.  Kappa Alpha Theta won for the sororities, and here's their winning routine if you want to check it out! 

Last night was also one of the Guest Artist Performances hosted by DePauw's School of Music.  Voces8, a British acapella group, sang in Kresge!  Not only did they perform for students, faculty, and Greencastle residents, but they also worked with the music students throughout the day and hosted a master class.  During their performance, they took a break from their planned pieces and called up the DePauw Chamber Singers to perform a piece for the entire audience.  It's opportunities like these that make me appreciate my small liberal arts college environment where as a science major, I can still enjoy the incredible events hosted by other departments, or in this case, the School of Music. 

Moral Leadership - The Light that Cannot Fade

Monday, October 8, 2012 by Henry Dambanemuya

A crusader for peace and author of the Arias Peace Plan, former two-time president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Dr. Oscar Arias spoke at yesterday's Ubben Lecture in Kresge Auditorium located in the School of Music. The former President's visit and lecture comes a few weeks after DePauw University's first ever International Education Week (IEW) Celebrations themed after the Millennium Development Goals, a topic that reverberated throughout Dr. Arias' speech. After winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Arias founded the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, and the Center for Peace and Reconciliation to work for demilitarization and conflict resolution in the developing world.

"We make our world more dangerous when we invest in war instead of moral choices."

-(President Oscar Arias)

In his speech, Dr Arias asserted that even though we could not have prevented the earthquake in Haiti,  we could have prevented what followed. The provision of clean water could have prevented the cholera epidemic. What followed after the earthquake was not inevitable. It was not just unfortunate but immoral, he said. The President also discussed how poverty is a major barrier to education, especially among older girls in developing countries. Dr. Arias' Center for Human Progress helps to promote equal opportunities for women in all sectors of Central American society. He also reminded the audience that the power to eradicate preventable diseases is in our hands. "If we reduced the U.S military spending by only 5%, we could provide enough mosquito nets to protect the entire populations of developing countries from malaria three times over, but we are caught up in military spending," he remarked.

"Moral Leadership has always been about making the choices that enhance Human Life."

-(President Oscar Arias)

Dr Arias also emphasized the need to protect the environment for future generations to come. I had the chance to ask President Oscar Arias what the toughest challenges in meeting the Millennium Development Goals are, what needs to be done and by what means? The President is a staunch proponent for disarmament, cutting millitary spending, and channelling resources where they are needed the most. "We declared peace to the world when we decided to get rid of our army. We chose the right path... We don’t have to spend our resources this way but we do it by choice... The decision to choose life does depend on us and the choices that we make... There is a reason to believe in a better future, a future that our children deserve... What we need is a world guided not by greed but by our ideals... If we all prioritized our moral choices our countries would never, never be the same," he responded.

"As a student, it's very difficult to find free time to get involved, but I think as DePauw students we prioritize and contribute our time to causes that really mean something to us."

-(Molly Nolden, '10)

Student Mass and Dinner

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Katherine Hill

An important part of my student life on DePauw's campus is my involvement in the Catholic Student Association (CSA).  I love St. Paul's, the Catholic church within walking distance of campus. Fr. Darvin is so student-focused and he does a lot for the college students when we're here!  His first homily of the year always says something along the lines of, "When you guys are at DePauw, this IS your home church." 

The exec board members of CSA do an amazing job of planning events such as Fr. Darv's at Marv's (lunch at Marvins with Father), laser tag, student Mass in Meharry Hall once a month (on DePauw's campus), monthly student Mass at St. Paul's followed by dinner, and many other events.  Tonight was our monthly student Mass at St. Paul's followed by a home-cooked meal.  The ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, bread, pasta salad, and a full table of desserts filled our poor college student bellies after a great Mass.

Students do all of the readings, Eucharist ministering, and the singing (cantor, pianist and choir) is led by School of Music students.  Overall, it's a great time to spend in worship with fellow student Catholics. 

My Last DePauw Play

Monday, April 18, 2011 by DePauw student

I had to compartmentalize what I did this week, for better or for worse.  There was school work, and there was the play.  Until Saturday evening at about 10pm when I left the play for my fraternity formal, that was it.  While I liked the simplicity of my schedule, I did feel rather trapped.  I would go to class, do my homework immediately after, go to dress rehearsal (which lasted anywhere from 3-4 hours), do more homework, and then go to bed.  Fortunately, I did not have too much due, though I did have to read a romance novel for a literature class.  Let me repeat that.  For a literature class.  We're currently discussing the difference between great or canonized literature and popular literature.  It's really very interesting.  And hilarious.  Everyone read a different romance novel (of their own choosing), and then we all discussed ours in class.  I had a lot of fun with the assignment, despite the embrassment I faced when buying a romance novel and reading it in public.

The play, however, was far from embarassing, though I did have to play a drunk who fell down a lot.  I received a surprising amount of praise and compliments for my efforts, which both flatters me and concerns me.  Overall, the performances went really well and seemed to go over very well the audiences.  I don't think we had a bad crowd, and we sold out two of the four nights.  It was a wonderful way to end my DePauw Univeristy Theatre career.  It was a short run (I did 4 shows), but I'm so glad I did it.  I'm grateful I even got the chance to be on stage.  There's just so much you can do at a good, small liberal arts college.  Below is a picture of me during our dress rehearsal.  That's right.  I grew a 'stache and chops.  And I'm keeping them until I have a job interview or graduation, whichever comes first.  Now that the play's over I guess I need to focus on both those things.  Anyway, enjoy!

Dumby 
 

What I wanted to do over break vs. What I did over break

Monday, March 28, 2011 by DePauw student

So in my last post, I said I wanted to work really hard on my thesis, send out a lot of resumes and cover letters, and get ahead on material for the comedy group.  While I did send out fifteen letters to various friends of the family regarding my impending graduation and job search, I did not work on my thesis or anything related to the sketch comedy group.  I did, however, finish writing a song for which I have been working on for like two or three years.  That is not to say that I have been slaving over it every day for the past few years, but rather that I wrote a few lines and just never found time to finish it, despite saying I would.  The song is a part of the EP I mentioned in my last post, something that also didn't go as planned.  Garage Band (Apple's music recording software) is great, but doesn't do well when recording multi-track songs.  If you don't have a sound board (which I don't), then a delay occurs on the additional tracks when you're using headphones.  Long story, my friend and I did not make the elaborate demo we wanted to make, but instead had to settle for single track recordings of the five songs we had.  I'm not too disappointed, but I was expecting a slightly better end result.  I guess it is just a demo, though...

Anyway, here are the lyrics of the song I wrote, proudly displayed for the first time ever to you.  Whether you are a DePauw University alum, current student, prospective student looking at liberal arts colleges, my mom, or just someone who likes to read student blogs, I hope you find something in these rather playful words.  In short, the song is about kids fighting off the snowmen they made which have become evil in the nighttime, but I'll just let the song speak for itself.

Snowman Invasion
By Gerard Pannekoek

Don your boots and your warmest winter clothes.
Keep the lights off.  Watch the windows.
Grab a sled, follow me into the night.
We made them wrong, now we've got to make it right.
The main fort's about a quarter mile from here.
Stay low!  The coast is never clear.
We're outnumbered 25 to 1.
Snowman invasion has begun!

If you go running back,
Be sure to cover all your tracks
Because the snowmen are trying
To catch you and force you to work
For their snowman king.


From the fort, we can see for mile around.
We've got the trees.  We've got the higher ground.
See the shifting silhouettes below? 
They're the snowmen we made just hours ago.
So find a stick and get behind your sled.
Nevermind all the stories we were read.
The snowmen want to steal our precious fun.
We're going to take out every one!

Chorus

And we'll fight
Under starlight.
Our hearts shine bright
On this snow night.

The watchman gives a signal from the trees.
All's clear on the front he oversees.
Sound the horn so that everybody knows
The time is ripe to down the dominoes.
Hold the line as we scamper down the hill.
Stand tall!  Embrace the winter chill.
Leave behind all your doubts it cant be done 
For we have the promise of the sun!

Chorus


 

DePauwpera

Monday, February 14, 2011 by DePauw student

Today was the final performance of this year's operas, Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief and Ravel's The Child and the Magic Spells.   A lot of work was put into the rehearsals, but for the most part the work paid off and the performances went well!  I had a few short solos in the Ravel this year, so that was of course super nerve-wracking.  

Every year the opera(s) is/are double cast, which is great for the mountain of singers here at DePauw University.  It means that most, if not all, of them get the opportunity to sing during their tenure here.  It's not like at some of the other Indiana colleges and universities where all the grad students take all the rolls and the undergrads are stuck with nothing decent.  This year a few freshmen had lead rolls.  Good for them. 

The operas were fun, but I must say that I'm glad they're over now, because spending a little more than two hours in rehearsal every night was starting to detract from the time I had to do my work.  Not that my "work" is really like actual work.  I really like this semester.  So far it's two for two as far as the professor bringing in snacks for the Anthropology of Food class I'm taking.  Hoorah.  After today's matinee performance, I went over to my friend's house for a little and then scurried over the the faculty recital.  My bass professor played a movement from a sonata.  It was nice to see him perform.

Below are some pictures of the opera.  Last year the university photographers were great about getting some pics of me in the pit, but this year there are no good ones.  Que lastima.


The Old Maid and the TheifMaid and theif 2
Ravel 1Ravel 2

Diversity, with President Casey

Thursday, November 4, 2010 by Henry Dambanemuya

I just got out of a discussion on diversity with President Brian Casey. I've been dying to go to one of his talks. Today I finally got  the chance to take a study break and hear the president speak about an issue that has become increasingly important on campus. What is diversity and how has it affected DePauw University's campus relations? It's definitely not just a numbers game: how many international students we have on campus, etc. It's also not just about differences in people's physical appearances, language, skin-color or having a diverse group of people from different parts of the world and cultural backgrounds on campus. Diversity also entails the different perspectives that DePauw University students bring to campus. It's the basis of our intellectual rigor.

As an international student I think diversity also brings discomfort in certain situations, but I guess being uncomfortable is okay at times because sometimes discomfort helps us to adopt to new situations. It is out of discomfort that diversity and variations also emerge.

DePauw is one of the Indiana Colleges and Universities that is increasingly becoming more diverse and international. It is also becoming more national and even more challenging, but how is that being promoted? Our campus has quickly become so diverse that now it's time to ask ourselves, how did we do this and what does it mean to say, we are now more multicultural and diverse?

DePauw is also one of the small liberal arts colleges in America that excels in economic diversity. Our university has first generation students coming from relatively low income communities in the U.S.A , and can still afford the top liberal education offered at DePauw, through Rector gifts and other private scholarships. The same is true for international students who receive prestigious presidential awards and scholarships from the university.

However, DePauw is underrepresented from Africa and South America, and much more can be done to recruit students from other regions in the world and not just focus on one or a few regions. Of course the President loves trees and wants to see more of them on campus but he also hopes for a more diverse community where people are confident to mix and mingle and are not confined to their micro social bubbles.

I love the DePauw moments when students move out of their cultural bubbles and mingle with other students from different backgrounds. Do you think campus diversity is an important factor when applying to college?

Happy Earth Day!

Friday, April 23, 2010 by DePauw student

Today is Earth Day.  At DePauw University, that means more than just recycling more, or planting a tree.  The Environmental Club and dining services provided a free, locally grown, organic dinner for the entire campus! There was a lot of food, and it was all really good.  I had no idea that broccoli or asparagus could grow in this desolate, barren land!  I thought corn and soy were the only crops.  If the free food doesn't convince you that a private liberal arts college is the way to go or prove why DePauw is one of the top 50 liberal arts colleges, I don't know what will! 




This is going to be a very busy weekend for the SOM.  There is a total of ten concerts/recitals going on!  I'd like to go to all of them, but I don't know how realistic that is.  The band concert is this weekend, and I'm playing for one piece, Aurora Awakes.  It's nice.  There are a lot of junior and senior recitals.  It's always nice to see what my peers are up to musically, plus I know they appreciate the support. 

This is it.

Saturday, April 17, 2010 by DePauw student

Disclaimer: Just so everyone knows, people have been saying "this is it" way before the Michael Jackson tribute.  This blog is in no way, shape, or form related to Michael Jackson.

Ok, so I guess I'm excited??

Tomorrow's the proficiency exam!!  AHHHHHHH!  It's a big day.  My last rehearsal with my accompanist tonight went well.  And then I played through everything again and it was horrible.  So, hopefully tomorrow afternoon at 3 I will sound beautiful.  Actually,  I KNOW that tomorrow at 3 the music that will be coming out of that bass will be beautiful.  Breath taking.  Amazing.  Spectacular. I believe in the power of positive thinking, so there 'ya go.  I am wonderful.  And so are all of my friends taking their exams tomorrow, too.

And speaking of exams, my third academic exam was this morning!  As soon as I turned in that horrifyingly long, brain draining exam, I immediately felt a weight being lifted off my shoulders.  Now all that I have to think about is the proficiency.  

The nice thing about small liberal arts colleges, and I think especially DePauw University, is that for the most part, we all know each other.  Yesterday, for example,  I organized a study group for today's exam, and at first I thought, "Oh no, what if these people don't know each other outside of class?  This could be really awkward."  But it wasn't, because it turns out that the two other people are actually planning to live together next semester.  Our study group was a success.

The band is going to be recording a CD in a couple of weeks.  The conductor asked me to play a piece with them because it has a prominent bass part.  I'm enjoying working with him and the huge amount of wind instruments (some times I just have to pretend that the large puddles of spit on the floor are actually just "condensation" that accumulates in the instruments).  We had pictures taken on Tuesday.


 

Proficiency!

Friday, April 9, 2010 by DePauw student

The sophomore proficiency exam is coming up!  It's a really big deal.  We're not allowed to continue as performance majors if we don't pass the 20 minute performance exam.  I'm a little worried about it, but I know that if I just practice all day, every day until then (the 17th), I'll be okay.   The 17th is a week from Saturday, and while everyone else is outside enjoying the sunshine and Little 5 (a bike race at DePauw University that's kind of a big deal), all of the SOM sophomore performance majors will be on the other side of the GCPA's glass wall, trying to keep the anxiety under control.  This week:  Tuesday-- Modern Latin America essay exam, Wednesday-- Theory IV exam, Friday-- a Spanish exam that I really need to do well on, and Saturday.....  the proficiency!!  Yikes.  Usually my exams are more spread out, but it just figures that everything would just pile up right before the most stressful/important performance of my career at DePauw.  Ahhh!














On a happier note--  I was just notified of my official acceptance to the study abroad program in Mendoza, Argentina for the fall 2010 semester!!!!!!!!  I can't wait!!  It's going to be amazing.  Everyone always says that studying abroad can really change a person and that it's a really rewarding experience.  I know it's going to be unbelievable.   I clearly see now how DePauw is one of the top 50 liberal arts colleges.  And I am so thankful that I chose to attend a private liberal arts college as opposed to one of the other Indiana colleges and universities because I'm honestly not sure if I would have had the same opportunity to study abroad as I, and everyone else, does here.  It's amazing.  And the off campus study staff is really friendly and helpful, too.  

Wow.  This is going to be great.  :)







 

Spring, it's almost here!

Monday, March 15, 2010 by DePauw student

Finally, we've been out of the thirties for over a week!!  The weather is finally starting to warm up.  The grass is turning green thanks to all of the rain this past week, and pretty soon maybe there will be leaves on the trees!  I am more than ready for Spring.  And with Spring comes Spring Break!!  I am very excited to be going home!  The high for the day I arrive, Friday, is eighty degrees!  I can't wait. 

Pretty soon I'll be able to study outside again like these people are!
I just finished writing my first of three essays for the second Modern Latin America exam this Tuesday.  This first one is over a thousand words.  Hopefully I can write a thousand words in an hour and a half.  My last exam essay was about 750 words, and it took me an hour and ten minutes.  We'll see how it goes!  I have a feeling that tomorrow I'm going to be up late again finishing the next two essays.  Staying up late is becoming a habit for this DePauw University student.  I'm not a fan.

 


The nice thing about the two non-music classes that I'm taking this semester at this liberal arts college is that occasionally what I've learned in one class overlaps with what I'm studying in the other.  With these two classes being Modern Latin America and Into to Hispanic Lit, I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised, but it's nice all the same.  I've been able to participate more in class, using my exogenous knowledge.  Latin America!I'm glad I attend a private liberal arts college because it affords me the opportunity to participate in class.  If I were at a large university where each class is comprised of 200 students or more, class participation wouldn't even be possible.  And a lot of learning comes from hearing what other students have to say.  It's great.

So, that's it for now!!  I'm eagerly anticipating the end of this week and the beginning of my week-long hiatus from the cold!
 

Finals week!

Monday, December 14, 2009 by DePauw student

Do you know the main motif from of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5?  (if not, go here--> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4IRMYuE1hI&feature=related  and listen to the first 5 seconds).  Well, I feel like if my life were a movie/cheesy, over-played commercial, that motif would be following me around this week.  Today was my music history final.  At DePauw, we have three hours to take a final.  Most finals only last about one and a half to two hours, but today I used all three hours and still didn't even finish.  Can you believe that?  Three hours of non-stop writing and listening to musical examples, and I still didn't finish.  I wasn't the only one not done, either.  There were listening examples, where we had to identify the title of the piece, composer, date of composition, and characteristics and then some other writing-intensive components as well.  It was really, really rough.  After taking that final, I was completely exhausted and needed a nap.  But that means one final down, four more to go!  Tomorrow is econ (which I'm definitely not looking forward to) and then I have music theory, Spanish, and musicianship. 

Yay!!  A week from today I will be home!  I can't wait.  I've found that the weather fluctuates a lot here, and I think it's actually the same for other Indiana colleges and universities.  Last Thursday it was about -17 with the wind-chill, but today it's in the 40s and 50s!  Unbelievable.  I'm just ready to go back to Arizona where the weather is pretty consistent.  However, there are some things that I'll miss about school while I'm at home for the break and winter term.  I'll definitely miss the liberal arts college environment.  It seems like the general environment at DePauw could be described at intensely focused, yet relaxed at the same time.  We definitely know how to study and meet the high standards that the professors have for us, but we also know how to just take things as they come and not really stress out (most of the time).  I'm sure at first while I'm at home I'll enjoy the emptiness of my schedule, but after a while I'll probably just want to be busy with something again.  I decided to take this winter term off because the proficiency exam is coming up in April, and I want to spend the break practicing so that I'll be as prepared as possible.  

So, I guess that's it for now!  It's time to get back to studying for econ!!

Practice, Practice, Study, Study

Saturday, December 5, 2009 by DePauw student

My jury is in two days!!  I've been practicing all week, but it still doesn't seem like enough.  Thank goodness today is Saturday.  There's nothing on the agenda except for bass, bass, more bass, and a little preparation for the in-class Spanish essay, which also happens to be on Monday.  The other day my friend Phil (who also plays bass) and I were joking about camping out in the GCPA all weekend.  Now that doesn't seem like a bad idea! 

A couple of days ago it snowed for the first time this year.  I loved watching the tiny white flakes dance in the street lights.  It's been pretty cold lately, and for this Arizona girl that means it's time for the fluffy scarves and extra-hot tea!  But I guess I shouldn't be surprised, since the cold weather is to be expected at all of the Indiana colleges and universities since we're so far north compared to Arizona. 

There's only one week of classes left, then finals, and then winter break!  I can't believe how fast this semester has gone by.  I wonder if time passes so quickly at other small liberal arts colleges.  Probably not.  I think time flies at DePauw because we're all so busy!  Ok, enough of a break.  It's time to head over to the GCPA!


Isn't this an
awesome bass?
I wonder what
kind of sound
it produces.



 



Wouldn't it be
cool if it snowed
this much at
DePauw?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Study, Study, Study

Thursday, October 8, 2009 by DePauw student

Fall break is just around the corner!  One week from tomorrow I will be basking in the Arizona sunshine.  My classes are really starting to get tough.  One of the things about attending one of the top private universities is that the professors expect a lot, which is good and bad.  It's good because it means I'm getting a great education, but on the other side it also means that I have a lot of work to do!  But that's what college is, right?  Classes, plus homework, plus hanging out with friends, if there's time.  Lately the only way I've been able to spend any time with my friends is to study with them.  I just finished studying with my friend Jane for our Music History mid-term exam coming up this Wednesday.  The class is really interesting.  The semester began with an analysis of Ancient Greek music, then through the Medieval and Renaissance eras, and now we've reached the 1600's and Baroque music, thankfully.  I definitely prefer the Baroque style because it's when instrumental music gained importance.  So, my classes are going well, but I will definitely be ready for a break next week after my Music History mid-term and economics exam (both on Wednesday, unfortunately).

One of the things about Indiana colleges and universities that I was not expecting when I arrived at DePauw last year was the amount of rain and wind.  It has been raining the entire day, and there's a 100% chance of rain for tomorrow.  To me, all of this rain is crazy.  But I guess that's how the grass stays green, so I suppose the consecutive rainy days aren't too bad.  Rain definitely encourages studying at this liberal arts college, which is good during this time of the semester.  It also encourages many visits to the cafe in the GCPA for hot chocolate.  :-)

I'm really excited about the next orchestra concert, during ArtsFest.  We're playing the overture to Mozart's opera the Marriage of Figaro and also Shostakovich's fifth symphony.  I played both pieces in high school a couple of times in various youth and honor orchestras, but they're both tons and tons of fun.  Performing them again will be great. The theme for ArtsFest this year is Art and Power.  The Shostakovich is perfect for this program because Shostakovich was a composer in Russia under Stalin, and it was written as a protest against communism.  It's very powerful, yet well written.  I'm excited.

Back to the books!

 

 

El Ultimo Día del Verano

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 by DePauw student

Today is the last day of summer!  And I had a great weekend to cap it off.  My parents came to visit me and see the orchestra performance.  We had a great time.  On Saturday we went to the Nature Park.  A lot of Indiana colleges and universities have certain qualities that make them stand out from the rest.  For DePauw, just one of our great amenities is our Nature Park.  A long time ago it was a limestone quarry.  I heard that an alum sold it to DePauw for a dollar.  The Nature Park is where I like to go when I feel like I need to relax and escape from the stresses of classes and homework.  It's very relaxing and absolutely beautiful and only about a 10 minute bike ride from campus.  I'm excited for fall and when the leaves begin to change colors!  The Nature Park is definitely one of the qualities that makes DePauw one of the top 50 liberal arts colleges.  There are miles and miles of paths.  I especially like riding my bike up and down the hills through the quarry.











These pictures were taken on the rim path.  You can see the quarry and some paths.























Yesterday was the orchestra concert.  I must say that it went quite well.  Friday's rehearsal was actually really stressful, but the performance yesterday was our best yet, so Professor Smith was happy.  I was too, but during the performance I was just thinking about life and music and other things, and I remembered something that a person I once knew told me about performing:  Rehearsals are for the musician, and concerts are for the audience.  And really it's true because I find rehearsing to be much more fun, and it's when I'm not really concerned with what anyone else thinks (to an extent).  Plus on the professional level, the audience pays to hear a nice peformance, not to see a rehearsal.  I had a good time.







 

The violins, some violas and celli can be seen to the left; below is the rest of the celli and basses.  I'm principle and next to me are Phil and Aidan.  There are only three this semester because one was needed in the jazz ensemble and another is studying in DC this fall.

 


 

 

 





















I've had a really busy week so far, and it's only Monday!  I can't wait to see where the rest of the week takes me.  Happy Autumn!



 

I Speak Mozart

Thursday, September 10, 2009 by DePauw student

And yes, phrases like "I speak Mozart" actually are said in the Greene Center for Performing Arts, home to the School of Music.  Right now I'm sitting in "Bum Alley" in the GCPA.  It's called "Bum Alley" because it's common to see people here who have fallen asleep studying late at night in the best chairs in the world.  They're leather, over-sized, and perfectly stuffed.

To the Mozart comment, one of my CLA (College of Liberal Arts) friends replied, "Uh... I speak Spanish....  That counts, right?"  In the real world, yes.  In GCPA, no.  

The great thing about DePauw is that at this private liberal arts college, it's possible to be super involved in a more traditional accademic subject (like a real foreign language) and still participate in activities from high school, like orchestra or band.

Later today I have a meeting with my Spanish professor to discuss my study abroad options for next fall.  One of the things that makes DePauw one of the top private universities is that most students (about 80%) end up studying abroad some time during their four (or five) years here.  I'm excited.  I really want to go to Spain.  I can totally picture myself studying on the beach in Barcelona, with the cool ocean breeze pushing each wave towards the sandy, white shore..... ahhh. 

Ok, back to reality.  Homework.  Music theory is due soon.......
 

A View from the Other Side

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 by DePauw student

In the past couple of months I've had the opportunity to host two prospective students for DePauw's overnight audition program. This is a process that lets prospective students get a better look at what its like to be a student in DePauw's School of Music. Their stay starts off with a student production of one of the top private universities of the midwest - for example, the opera Gianna Schicci or DePauw's Music of the 21st Century Concert (which you can read about here). Following this the student is invited to attend a faculty recital and then a faculty dinner, where he or she can sit down and talk to professors and students of the same area or instrument. The next day the student has an audition, sample classes, a free lesson with a professor, a campus tour, an admission interview, and an information session with the Dean.

When I went through the same program last year, I chose to stay with a student host overnight while my parents stayed in one of the several hotels around Greencastle. This was one of the most important choices I made during my college selection process. Not only was I impressed with the school and the professors, but staying with a student host was such a positive experience for me because of how nice he and all the other people I met were. I really felt welcomed at DePauw. So when I had the chance to host other prospective students I eagerly volunteered to do it. Even though it was yet another time commitment for me, it was worth it to try and give something back. Each of the students I hosted were interested in several colleges of Indiana. I did my best to remind them that although a liberal arts college like DePauw may seem to have a large price tag, financial aid and scholarship can make it a very affordable experience - that's the only reason I'm here!

It is never too late to get involved

Thursday, February 19, 2009 by DePauw student

This past weekend was the Winter Admitted Students Open House. I spent a lot of time talking with prospective students and their parents. Sharing the many amazing experiences I have had while at DePauw was really exciting. Talking about all the trips, speakers, classes, friendships, and amazing opportunities I have had over the past three years served as a stark reminder of the fact that I will soon be done with my four years.

Ever since my return from a semester abroad, I have been thinking about how fast the time is going by, and it has made me want to do even more on campus. I have recently joined the student government and am making an effort to see more sporting events and musical performances. Last week, as part of my ITAP job on campus, I filmed a school of music student singing for an audition to a summer program. She needed us to film her singing a few pieces and then compile them into a DVD to include in her application. I really enjoyed her singing and it reminded me of all the performances offered each year by the school of music and performing arts department. I am going to try and go to more of these performances from now on, I always seem to forget them.

I was really impressed by the prospective students I talked with over the weekend and am excited to see how next year’s freshman class turns out.


~BB
 

Music, Music, Music

Friday, November 14, 2008 by DePauw student

  It's hard to describe what its like when you're doing what you've always wanted to do. Its a great feeling, though. Here at DePauw, my life is filled with music! What a change from what I'm used to. Its funny to think that, in high school, only one of my 7 classes was musical. Here, only one out of 9 is not a music class. Back home I had to seek out musical opportunities - youth symphonies, community orchestras, honor bands. Here, I could not get away from music if I tried. A quick look at just my typical Monday:Typical homework night
 

9:20-10:20    First-Year Seminar: Understanding Music
10:30-11:20  Music Theory I
12:30-1:30    Introductory Psychology
1:40-2:30      Beginning Class Piano I
2:50-3:50      Introduction to Music Education
8:00-9:00      Trombone Choir

  Compared to a typical CLA (College of Liberal Arts) student, I have a lot on my plate. Its easy to look at a schedule like mine and think "Wow, that's a lot of work". Well hey, it really is - no joke there either. There's rarely a chunk of time when I'm not in class, doing homework, or practicing either trombone or piano. After that there's having fun, eating (another favorite pastime of mine) and occasionally sleeping. I really don't look at it like that though. There is a quote I've heard somewhere that goes something like this: "Work stops being work when you love what you do". I feel blessed to be here at DePauw University because it is a good school where I get to do what I want to do.

Now, I guess I may not have said the same thing earlier this week when I was up all night writing a paper, but that is besides the point...don't worry, I have fun too. But that is for another post.