Yang Chen ’17
Hometown: Denton, Texas
Comps Topic: A composition or performance Comps
Musical Interests: I play predominantly the violin, but I also play some piano and the erhu. I like classical music (mostly romantic like Chopin) and Mandopop music.
Other Interests & Activities: I like to draw, write stories, play computer games, tennis (once in a while), and Dance Dance Revolution (yes! I challenge you!) I travel occasionally back to my hometown in Taipei, Taiwan. You'll most likely find me asleep in the MRC.
Caroline Glazer '17 (Double Major with Linguistics)
Hometown: Woodside, CA
Comps Topic: ???
Musical Interests: 1930s-60s American folk music, 1960s-70s rock, bluegrass and old-time music, Irish and Scottish fiddle, Brazilian choro mandolin
Other Interests & Activities: rock climbing, running, cooking, cheese making, linguistics
Molly Hildreth ’17 (Double Major with English)
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Comps Topic: I am interested in the spread of Irish folk music to places outside of Ireland and how the musical tradition evolves in those places.
Musical Interests: I play flute in the orchestra and am a member of Carleton's Handbell Ensemble. I also play traditional Irish flute and tin whistle.
Other Interests & Activities: I love literature, writing, and the outdoors! I also tutor elementary school students and am interested in education.
Jin Lee '17
Hometown: Boston (born) raised in Korea
Comps Topic: Conducting the Hebrides overture by Mendelssohn with the Carleton Orchestra
Musical Interests: Classical music (mostly late romantic modern/contemporary), Rock music (alternative/indie rock). I'm primarily a violinist and guitarist, and have done some orchestral conducting.
Other Interests & Activities: Ex-English major. In my free time I like to play video games on my 3DS or Netflix. Also like playing/ watching soccer.
Joe Lowry ’17
Hometown: Watertown, MA
Comps Topic: Unsure, possibly musicology paper
Musical Interests: Everything really. I like rock, jazz, blues, folk, classical, and early music. I mainly play piano and sing, but I also play clarinet, and a little bit of alto saxophone and drums. And more instruments soon, I hope.
Other Interests & Activities: I'm also a history major and a MARS (medieval and Renaissance studies) concentrator. I love travel, reading, history, adventures, and getting lost.
Patrick O'Reilly '17 (Double Major with Math)
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Comps Topic: TBD
Musical Interests: My musical interests include jazz, blues, and rock guitar; composition and arranging; music technology; and musical cognition.
Other Interests & Activities: I run on the track and field team, play in ensembles and student music groups, and think math is really cool.
Josh Ruebeck ’17 (Double Major with Physics)
Hometown: Easton, PA
Comps Topic: Composition (probably choral)
Musical Interests: Choral music, 60s/70s rock & folk, bluegrass/newgrass, barbershop, art song, doo-wop, whatever.
Other Interests & Activities: Rock climbing (especially bouldering), swing dance (Lindy Hop/Charleston), physics (theoretical quantum/particle stuff)
Kaylee Shiao ’17 (Double Major with Biology)
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Comps Topic: Folk Music and Freedom Songs of the Civil Rights Movement (?!)
Musical Interests: The Knightingales(!), piano, waking up to music, lots of terrible string playing, people who fingerpick the acoustic guitar, headbanging to indie folk rock, listening to birds sing.
Other Interests & Activities: Panicking around insects, biology/medicine, not exercising, foreign languages, writing, talking, eating.
Andy Tirro ’17
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Comps Topic: Composition
Musical interests: I especially love soundtracks and incidental music. Composing, playing piano, Brad Mehldau, Elliot Smith, Danny Elfman, Wagner, and too many others to name. My favorite orchestra section is woodwinds, minor > major, romantic > classical, and le > ti > fi > si > all other notes.
Other Interests & Activities: Watching anime, contemplating a double major with German, being too serious, searching for good video games, waiting for the next Patrick Rothfuss book, worrying, and making contingency plans.
Sam Wiseman '18
Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut
Comps Topic: Something relating to Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky
Musical interests: I’m a pianist and violinist who loves lots of repertoire. Singing is fun, too! Some favorites: Bach, Brahms, Ravel, Prokofiev, Beatles, Sondheim, and Sufjan Stevens.
Other Interests & Activities: Academically I like computer science, French, religion, and art! If I’m not working I’m social dancing, performing, snacking, practicing, or playing a Nintendo game.