Sunderman Spotlight: Eby Buscher
By Alex Pearson, Staff Writer
What is your major?
Bachelor of Music Education
What is your instrument?
What has been the most important part of your conservatory experience?
The musical community, especially the faculty. There aren’t many places like this where the professors are this compassionate and dedicated to your future, or where there are this many performance opportunities for undergraduate students. Over four years, I have been able to perform in ensembles as different as Opera Workshop, Camerata, Gamelan, and the Bullets Marching Band, and sing pieces from the early Renaissance to newly commissioned works. On top of all that, the people in the conservatory are so supportive and have no doubt helped me grow immensely as a musician and a person, and I am so thankful.
How will your time here have influence on your career in music?
My time here has helped me become a more conscious musician, not only of the sound I create, but through examination of the music and text, historical and cultural significance, and meaning and expression. It has also made me a much more confident performer, and I am prepared to “go forth and change the world” through my performance and teaching.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I hope to go on to graduate school to pursue a Masters Degree in Vocal or Opera performance.
Tell me about your recital.
There is no underlying theme, but there were a number of things I wanted to highlight in my recital. First of all, I wanted to tie in my experiences abroad by starting my program with three Italian arias. I have been extremely fortunate to go to Italy for two vocal summer programs to study Italian language, music, and culture at Orvieto Musica and Si Parla, Si Canta and these programs have had a huge impact on me as a performer.
Secondly, I wanted to show my love of Baroque music, so the first half of my recital is early music accompanied on harpsichord, including my favorite, “Pur Ti Miro” from L’Incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi, featuring Bridget Kennedy.
Finally, I wanted to highlight the some of the many talented people we have at this conservatory with some duets. I am extremely fortunate enough to be singing with Bridget Kennedy, mezzo-soprano (’21), Robby Napoli, tenor (’19), and Olivia Higgins, harp (’19).
What is your advice for future conservatory students?
Take advantages of all that this conservatory has to offer. Do something out of your comfort zone. Explore the music world. Talk to your friends and listen to what they love, find new artists, composers, or genres than you’re used to. And find the joy and love that your art brings.
Eby Buscher’s senior recital will occur on Sunday, November 11 at 2:30 p.m. in Paul Recital Hall.