Current Majors


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:
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.