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The Well-Rounded Student
Laura Loge
Who else was writing music at that time? How was the piece received by audiences? Where was the text from? What form is the text—poetry, libretto, liturgical text? Was it traditional or newly written?
It’s impossible in just a few years of school to learn the answers to those questions for every piece you’ll ever sing. One of the best things you will take away from your studies, though, is an understanding of what questions you should be asking and how to investigate those questions. The age of search engines might tempt you
to think that all you’ll ever need is your browser to learn more about music, but your professors will give you the tools to think and research more deeply.
You never know when your studies will come in handy. Soprano Leah Hungerford took varied classes in literature, including mythology and French literature, and recently found it connecting to her work. She
says of her studies, “Two years ago I would have told
you [those classes were] all for my own enrichment
and entertainment—but it turns out I’m super into
story theatre, so there’s a career win!” Years after those courses, she is still drawing on what she learned in recent performances with Forte Chicago.
Undergraduate and Graduate degree programs in:
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Puccini’s La Bohème Fall 2018
Floyd’s Of Mice and Men Spring 2019
Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice Summer 2019
64 Classical Singer | September/October 2019
Constant’s La tragédie de Carmen Summer 2019

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