By Michelle Grosser, Staff Writer
What is your major?
Music (BA) with a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
What is your instrument?
Voice – mezzo soprano
What has been the most important part of your conservatory experience?
The community! Everyone in the conservatory is so loving and supportive of one another, and we all seek to encourage and build each other up. I wouldn’t have half the confidence in myself as a musician without the community of the conservatory staff and faculty.
How will your time here have influence on your career in music?
The lessons I’ve learned here have helped me become a more well-rounded musician. I am now able to make better connections between the music itself and its historical and cultural contexts, have developed some skills to educate others in music, and gained tools to become a better musician and singer.
What are your plans for after graduation?
My long-term goal is to go be a missionary in Indonesia. I hope to establish music programs around the country in different villages to promote traditional music as well as build community within the villages. However I am considering attending graduate school for ethnomusicology before I leave for Indonesia.
Tell me about your recital.
My recital is featuring many songs that are dear to my heart. My sister will be coming to join me on stage to sing two duets from Humperdinck’s opera Hänsel und Gretel. These duets are very special to us because they were one of the first classical songs we have ever learned, and it set us towards a love of music. I am also featuring four Indonesian art songs in an effort to promote them in the conservatory and encourage other students to study and perform them.
What is your advice for future conservatory students?
Know your limits. The conservatory will throw a lot of wonderful and fantastic opportunities at you, but do not feel pressured to accept every single one in fear of missing out. While these things are presented with good intentions, they can often add to your stress and anxiety levels. So know your limits, and know that it’s okay to say no.
Nicole Densmoor’s senior recital is on February 25 at 2:30 p.m. in Paul Recital Hall, Schmucker Hall.