- Jan 30 Opening conversation for "The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection"
- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
- Feb 19 Robert Blanchette on "Tombs, sunken ships and historic huts: studying ancient wood reveals secrets from the past"
- Feb 19 Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vanska
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I spent my entire junior year at King’s College London, expanding my studies in music and religious studies with a focus on music composition. I honed my skills with the help of multiple composition professors, freely composing music in my own style while also learning the tricks of composers such as Schubert, Wagner, and Bach. This prepared me to embark on my senior honors project—a 16-minute, multi-movement piece written for 11 musicians, which premiered on April 28.
London had so much to offer. I explored England’s deep religious history, visiting centuries-old churches and historical sites and attending performances ranging from classic opera to
contemporary art music to rock music showcases. I participated in music clubs and other organizations, such as the “Geek Society.” In student productions, I sang tenor and performed the role of “The Spokesman” in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
My year abroad was deeply rewarding and immensely fun, but not without its challenges. At King’s College, actual class time is minimal and professors expected students to work and read independently. They offered an extended reading list from which students could choose the material best suited to their individually determined paper topics. Professors gave very few, if any, deadlines; students were expected to manage their own time. I survived the adjustment and feel much wiser for it. Study abroad experiences like these help students to develop in new
and exciting directions.