We are so excited to be welcoming another talented class of students into the College of Fine Arts for the 2018-19 academic year. Who are these 252 students? Where are they from? Check out the infographic below to find out:
Those first few weeks after move-in almost seemed like summer camp. It felt like any day I would return to my own bed, home-cooked meals, and of course, my dog. The weeks eventually turned to months without returning to the place I grew up, and I was really missing home. I isolated myself to my dorm room and constantly reminisced about my friends, family, and being able to shower without flip flops on.
When I first came to Western, I was only sure of two things: one, dance was an integral part of my life that I never wanted to live without, and two, I only had four years to figure out how I was going to make that happen. My original plan was to double major in dance and education. I told myself it was a great way to combine my love for dance with my strengths of leadership and organization, but I realized it was mostly just an easy way to avoid the “do you really expect to get a job doing that?” question that artists get a lot. I did have a desire to teach, but I could teach dance without putting myself through the rigor of an additional degree.
More than 300 new art, dance, music and theatre students will be joining us on campus this fall, but we just couldn’t wait any longer to welcome them to the College of Fine Arts community. Earlier this week, we mailed these fine arts Broncos their official welcome packet, including some CFA swag and a message to engage with us on social media.
My name is Michael Arellano, and I am a Junior at WMU pursuing a BA degree in both Dance and Psychology. I’m originally from Shelby Township, Michigan and next fall I will be traveling to London to study abroad.
This summer, I spent two weeks at the Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy in Saint-Irénée, Québec. The company RUBBERBANDance Group was in residence at the academy to teach their codified “Rubberband Method” as well as some of their repertoire. RUBBERBANDance was founded by artist director Victor Quijada in 2002 and is based in Montreal, Québec. The works created by this company include elements of both hip-hop/break-dancing, as well as ballet and contemporary.
Hello from Naples, Florida! First let me answer an obvious question: Yes, it is very hot here in the summer! My Midwestern body has been trained for the arctic, so transitioning into this new weather was tough, but it’s been two months and I’m still alive! I consider that a victory.
I am the Stage Management intern for the Naples Players, and this is without a doubt the biggest adventure I have ever been on!
Here are a few of my favorite things about my time here:
For the past month, together with 10 other students and 1 professor, I have traveled to 4 countries, 6 cities, 7 hotels and hostels, and 17 art galleries and museums, and I have walked more miles than I can count. This group is made up of some of the hardest working and generally wonderful people. This trip is called Book Arts in Europe because it's focused on the art of book-making. We have visited different studios in Switzerland, Italy, and now in Amsterdam. Being able to experience and work in these studios was inspiring, and being in these countries and different cities was even more so. After traveling for a month, here is some advice I have for new travelers:
This summer, I was able to go back home from home, compete in a flute competition, meet new friends, and visit family!
It has always been hard for me to decide which place to call “home." Even though I am considered an international student here at WMU, I have been living in the United States for nine years of my life. This is due to the fact that I moved from Peru when I was 12-years-old. As a musician, I could not be more excited to have had the opportunity to train musically in the US and take what I have learned back to where I was born.
My fiancé, Gabe, and I were both able to take a week off work and embark on a beautiful trip back home to Peru for Festival Internacional de Flautistas. Technically, our physical home is here in Michigan, but who can complain about being able to call 2 places home?!
It’s been about two weeks since the University Chorale returned from our ten-day competition and concert tour of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Chorale is made up of singers from all different backgrounds and walks of life, but I think it’s safe to say that this tour was the adventure of a lifetime for every single one. We all set out on this adventure wanting the same things: to forge new connections with singers from around the world, to experience a set of cultures with deep roots in the choral tradition, and to better ourselves as musicians through exposure through these cultures. But I don’t think that any of us could have anticipated the life-changing experiences that waited for us there in the Baltics, or just how far beyond our own expectations this trip would take us.
London, England. Home of High Tea, Queens and royalty, the West End theatre district, and of course Sherlock Holmes. I have wanted to visit London ever since I was a child and my dad and I ran around my neighborhood pretending we were Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, and my desire to visit grew larger as my passion for BBC television and theatre expanded. Finally this summer, I had the opportunity of a lifetime: Three weeks in London! But not just an ordinary three weeks, my mom and I tagged along with my dad, a piano professor at Goshen College in Indiana, and 45 Goshen College students for their May-Term course, “The Arts in London”.
Spending three weeks in London to immerse myself in the arts?! UM, COUNT ME IN!
By the end of the trip I had seen 15 arts events, mostly plays and musicals, along with incredible classical concerts. There is so much I could say, but I thought I would make my own guide to London, specifically for explorers who love the arts (and food). Here is everything you must see if you are planning a trip to London in the future!