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Sunderman Conservatory of Music impacts students

“When I first started at Gettysburg, I wasn't entirely sure if I wanted to pursue music after college,” said Alexandra Clint ’13, a music performance major. “Within my first two semesters as a Sunderman Conservatory of Music student, however, I realized that performing was what I wanted to do with my life.”

Gettysburg College’s Sunderman Conservatory of Music prepares students for success by offering three distinguished undergraduate music degrees, comprehensive music training, academic intensity and synergy in an active community of artists and scholars, and an extraordinary range of music opportunities regardless of major.

The Conservatory is the hub for musical performance on campus, sponsoring a full calendar of events, and provides a variety of ensembles for each musical talent. Students have the opportunity to honor masterful composers with the Symphony Orchestra, perform roaring halftime shows with the Bullets Marching Band, or even play a melody of swing, Latin, and fusion at festivals near campus and around the world with the Jazz Ensemble.

On occasion, Conservatory ensembles also get the chance to perform with prominent visiting musicians, like award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Brubeck.

On Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. on the Majestic Theater Stage, Grammy nominee Brubeck will join students to present the 24th annual Winter Jazz Ensemble Concert. The following evening, Brubeck will again take the stage with Gettysburgians to perform the College’s Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert.

Faculty interactionPerforming alongside acclaimed musicians is rewarding, but for Clint, the daily interaction with the Conservatory’s dedicated faculty members is what truly has left a lasting impression on her academic journey.

“Being able to work with amazing educators on a variety of topics in music – from theory to opera workshops to vocal diction – has made me a more well-rounded musician,” Clint said. “[My instructor] became not only my voice teacher, but also a trusted mentor and a great friend.”

Biology and music double major Jimmy Nguyen ’15 shared Clint’s sentiment.

“I thought I would only be a biology major, but I was drawn in by the amazing professors,” Nguyen said. “I’m definitely a better violinist now, and whatever I learn in music I can apply to my studies in science.”

At the Conservatory, students work one-on-one with faculty artists and scholars who have earned national and international reputations for their strengths in a comprehensive range of music traditions.

With more than 35 talented members, the Conservatory faculty includes skilled performers, composers, conductors, and authorities of music education, musicology, ethnomusicology, and many other areas.

Faculty interaction with studentBut faculty members are not the only individuals the Conservatory calls upon to help students maximize their potential.

Gettysburg alumni often give back to the distinctive program by offering their time and talents as mentors for the campus’ aspiring musicians. Alumni mentors have helped students discover their career paths, land internships and externships, and reflect on their pursuit of musical excellence and appreciate the opportunities the Conservatory provides.

“Having the opportunity to perform with the Wind Symphony and Orchestra, directing a student-run opera, choreographing opera workshop performances, getting feedback from both students and teachers in voice studio – all of these moments have positively influenced my growth as a singer and performer,” Clint said.

“Whether you're a full-time musician or just want to be able to perform with one of the ensembles while pursuing a non-music degree, the Conservatory has a place for everyone. Including music in your life in some form just enhances the college experience.”

Auditions for Gettysburg College's Sunderman Conservatory are now closed for the 2013-14 academic year. Students who are still interested in auditioning for admission to a music degree program and have not scheduled an audition may contact the Conservatory for an appointment after they have received an acceptance to Gettysburg College. Auditions will also be held during the orientation days prior to the start of the fall semester. If you have any questions or extenuating circumstances regarding Conservatory auditions, please contact Dr. Teresa Bowers (717-337-6134).

Audition dates for the 2013-2014 academic year will be released in April.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Mon, 18 Feb 2013

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