An SMTD Scholarship Story: Karalyn Schubring, BM in Composition
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An SMTD Scholarship Story: Karalyn Schubring, BM in Composition

October 10, 2019

[Music] I knew I wanted to be a composer early in
high school, but I also wanted to pursue piano performance at the highest
technical level. What drew me to Michigan was SMTD’s distinguished
faculty of composers and performers and the possibility
of pursuing both of my musical loves. Working between disciplines has allowed me
to learn from internationally-known composition and piano
faculty while building relationships with other talented
peers who are always ready to collaborate. One of the most notable experiences I’ve
had at Michigan is being part of Front Porch, a chamber quartet
of violin, bassoon, percussion, and piano which I formed two years ago with fellow SMTD
students. Thanks to professional mentorship and an incredibly generous EXCELerator award made
possible by the Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund, Front Porch was able to tour as an ensemble
last summer, giving 11 performances in Boston, Atlanta,
and New York City. We were also fellows in Carnegie Hall’s Audience
Engagement Intensive, where we had the opportunity to perform for
middle schoolers and adults with special needs in New York
City — an unforgettable experience. To top it off, last summer I was one of five
students from the school selected for UMS’s 21st Century Artist Internship
program. I had the opportunity to spend six weeks in
the offices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. I am already applying what I learned in New
York to how I run my own ensemble. And this upcoming February, Professor Kenneth
Kiesler, Director of University Orchestras and professor
of conducting, will lead the University Symphony Orchestra
in the premiere of an original piano concerto I created as part
of my composition coursework. I am so honored and excited for this opportunity. It was scholarship support that opened up
Michigan as a possibility for me and it has made the critical difference in
my education. Without the Charles W. and Nancy B. Sunday
Scholarship, immersing myself in all of the outstanding
opportunities the School of Music, Theatre & Dance has to
offer would not have been an option. Thank you for your support. Thank you for believing in the students of
the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. [Music]

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