Get Lost [and other advice for travelers]

Posted by Maddie Galer on Jun 23, 2017 2:31:56 PM

 

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:

 

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Topics: Study Abroad, Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, The Student Experience, Globally Engaged, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

Traveling back home from home

Posted by Maria Vizcarra on Jun 19, 2017 11:28:25 AM

 

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?!

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Topics: Student Experience, The Student Experience, Globally Engaged, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

Broncos in the Baltics

Posted by Savannah Gonsoulin on Jun 15, 2017 12:14:10 PM

 

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. 

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Topics: School of Music, Student Experience, The Student Experience, Globally Engaged, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

A Bronco Abroad: Molly’s Guide to London

Posted by Molly Hill on Jun 5, 2017 2:02:28 PM
 

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!

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Topics: Student Experience, The Student Experience, Department of Theatre, Globally Engaged, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

Moving to change

Posted by Kyleigh Terris on May 31, 2017 3:53:43 PM

 

As a BFA dance major at Western Michigan University, I have been offered many incredible opportunities by the Department of Dance. However, the opportunity that has had the greatest impact on not only my dance career, but my character, goals, and ultimately my life, is my participation with a student organization called Movement Exchange.

Movement Exchange is an organization that unites dance and service with the intention of providing dance education to underserved communities and creating equal opportunity for all in regards to the expression and emotional release this art form provides. Not only do we participate in local outreach, offering dance programs to preschools, afterschool programs, retirement communities, and anywhere else we can get our hands on, but every year we are presented with the opportunity to participate in an international outreach program.

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Topics: Student Experience, Student Organizations, The Student Experience, Globally Engaged, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

Going places - Summer 2017

Posted by College of Fine Arts Dean's Office on May 30, 2017 3:06:35 PM

 

Some with passports in hand and others with noses in textbooks, our students are spending the summer months practicing their passions and tightening their grasps of their art forms.

We've asked a few students from each of our four academic areas to share with us their summer stories in a blog post. So while they're jetsetting across the country (or world!) and gaining incredible experience at camps, agencies, companies and festivals, we'll be living vicariously through their exciting summer exploits here on the Fine Print.

In the coming weeks and months, stay tuned for posts and pictures from the following fine arts students and recent graduates:

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Topics: Study Abroad, The Student Experience, Globally Engaged, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

A day in the life of a music student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on May 4, 2017 12:32:00 PM

 

2 majors, 18 credit hours, 10 classes, 2 part-time jobs and countless clubs and extracurricular activities. We don't envy Caitlin Borke's schedule this semester, but the passion she maintains throughout it all is music to our ears.

With aspirations of someday merging her passions of language and music as the director a refugee choir, Caitlin is truly using her voice to make a difference. Accompany Caitlin through a day in her life in the video below to hear and feel her passion:

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Topics: School of Music, Student Experience, The Student Experience

A day in the life of a Music Theatre Performance student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Apr 12, 2017 5:08:12 PM

 

Student. Teaching assistant. Personal trainer. Performer.

He plays the Lion in University Theatre's production of The Wiz, but senior Music Theatre Performance student Troy D. Wallace takes on many different roles in his day to day life. See some of the many scene changes in a day in Troy's life in the video below: 

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Topics: Student Experience, The Student Experience, Careers in the Arts, Department of Theatre

Why WMU's musical theatre program

Posted by Drew Porrett on Apr 5, 2017 3:06:19 PM

 

Hello! My name is Drew Porrett. I’m a senior Music Theatre Performance major graduating next month. I was accepted into the program at Western Michigan University's Department of Theatre in the Spring of 2013. It has truly flown by. My credits here include: Frank Schultz in Showboat, Ensemble/Dance Captain in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dorilant in Country Wife, Paco in Man of La Mancha, and Ensemble in 9 to 5. My hometown is Yale, MI, where you can find a whole lot of livestock and one stop light. That said, being immersed in the study of musical theatre was a lot to handle at first. But now, at the end of my college career, my sincerest gratitude goes to my peers and my professors.

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Topics: Student Experience, College Decision, The Student Experience, Department of Theatre

5 ways the WMU Department of Dance prepared me for the professional dance world

Posted by Sarah Jones on Mar 16, 2017 11:26:43 AM

 

“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”  -Jean-Luc Godard

 

Inspired … how I always felt at Western Michigan University.  Inspired by my professors, the guest choreographers, the repétitéurs, the alumni and my peers. Inspired by their stories and experiences. Inspired to find my own voice. Inspired to trust that voice. Inspired to train and chisel my body into a vessel for that voice. Inspired to get to the next level. Inspired to give back.     

That inspiration reaffirmed me when I felt rejected, steadied me when I stumbled, and picked me up when I fell; all of which you will experience in the professional dance world. With every dismissal, you dig in and dig deeper, until finally, you get your shot. I am proud to say that this small town girl used that inspiration and her WMU education to get to the bright lights of the windy city as a company member of DanceWorks Chicago!

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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, Student Experience, The Student Experience, Alumni

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