New music program immerses students into outside opportunities

By: Jessica Lohner

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The College of Mount St. Joseph’s music department began a new program this year that immerses students into different areas of the music industry. The immersion program focuses on performing, music education, studio recording and studio teaching.

The philosophy behind the immersion program is to expose students to areas of the music industry that they might not have considered as a career choice, and has so far proven beneficial to several students who have been a part of the program.

Tony Gourley, a senior studying music education, has had the opportunity to sit in with both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Kirsten Grimsley, a junior studying music education, had the chance to join the Fillmore Wind Band, a community band in Kentucky made up of almost all professional musicians.

“The immersion program has given these students a chance to sit in and perform with groups that they might never had the chance to play with,” said Bryan Crisp, program coordinator in the music department. “It’s really beneficial for them, and helps them find out what they really want to do.”

Dan Wilson, a senior studying music with an emphasis in classical guitar feels that the program has solidified his career choice.

“The program helped me to discover that my real desire was to continue to teach private music lessons as a career choice once I graduate,” he said.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.