Hansen fellows expand boundaries this summer

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Hansen Fellow Chaska McGowan, pictured with Professor Hitomi Koyama, whom she studied with in summer 2017.

The Hansen Fellowship Program in the College of Musical Arts provides funding to selected undergraduate students for musical experiences vital to students’ long-term advancement. From travel, to music summer training programs, to recording and performance opportunities, Hansen Fellows are uniquely and more impressively prepared for their musical careers. There is no other program like this throughout the country. Hansen Fellows are given extraordinary opportunities for professional development that are more typical for master's and doctoral study. 

Each year, two entering freshman students in the College of Musical Arts are designated as Hansen Fellows. Our new Fellows for the class of 2021 are Erin Burks, voice and Christian Bush, tuba.

Our current Fellows had great learning experiences in summer 2017! In July, Gretchen Hill attended the International Clarinet Festival in Orlando, Florida, where she attended many performances, made connections, and explored new music for the clarinet. Ling Na Kao attended the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy, where she performed in a chamber ensemble, string orchestra, and solo. She had lessons with violinist Lucia Hall. Returning Hansen Fellow Chaska McGowan spent the summer studying piano with Professor Hitomi Koyama. She met Professor Koyama at the Atlantic Music Festival last summer. She also took Alexander Technique lessons.