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Student Spotlight: Blair School of Music

Posted by on Friday, October 13, 2017 in General Information, Student Life, Vandy Bloggers.

What’s it like to be a student at Vanderbilt? You can learn a lot about life at VU from our website or from our publications (which you can receive by requesting more information). For a closer look at a specific academic program, student organization, or activity, however, there’s no substitute for hearing directly from Vanderbilt students. We make that easy for you with our Contact-a-Student page, which allows you to reach out to students across the university with a wide range of interests and activities. To help you dive in, we’re bringing you a series of profiles of some of the students featured on the page.

Today, we continue he series with students from the Blair School of Music. Feel free to reach out to these students or explore the contact a student page to connect with current students.




Nate Stephenson
Class of 2019
Musical Arts and History
Austin, TX

 Why Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt is the perfect combination of high-achieving and supportive. The students, professors, and administration compel you to do your absolute best, but they care far more about your well being and happiness than your grades.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

My favorite class is Repertoire Analysis with Professor Link. This music theory course is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding classes I have ever taken. Every lecture and assignment has changed how I perceive music, and many lectures and assignments have changed my view of the world completely.

Gloria Liu
Class of 2019
Musical Arts and Economics
Irvine, CA

Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it.

I’m the Director of Partnerships for Moneythink, and our organization goes into the local Nashville community to tutor personal finance to low-income high school students. Building relationships with my students has been one of the most rewarding parts of my college experience.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

One of my favorite classes has been Greek Civilization with Professor Solomon – I took the class during my first year here at school, without any prior exposure to ancient Greece. I felt very comfortable sitting down with my professor to ask him questions and it was very insightful to learn about ideals of the time.

Zachary Kleiman
Class of 2018
Music Performance and Political Science
Cranbury, NJ

Why Vanderbilt?

Vanderbilt provided me with an unbeatable balance between great academic opportunities and great musical opportunities (I’m a Blair student majoring in piano performance with a second major in political science). Furthermore, I was struck by the friendly and genuine students I met and the overall welcoming nature of the school.

Describe your experience becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community.

The Commons was a wonderful and inclusive environment for me and really helped smooth my transition to Vanderbilt. Living with other first-years who are at the same phase of their college careers as you are is extremely reassuring and having fun events that bring that entire community together really eases you into undergraduate life.

Mason Boudrye
Class of 2018
Music Performance
Rockville, MD

Why Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt was the only school that I felt made a concerted effort to make me feel like I mattered and that I was important during the application and admissions process. Not only did I feel valued and supported during that process, but I have continued to feel that way for the past two and a half years I have been a student here.

Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it.

Truthfully, my involvement in Tour Guides has been one of the most fulfilling and impactful experiences during my time at Vandy. Having the opportunity to share how incredibly formative and positive my time has been with hundreds of people is invaluable to me. One of the most gratifying things seeing the excitement and awe that I have for my school reflected in someone else.

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