What was your first impression of NEC? How has that changed since you’ve been here?
When I first saw the NEC curriculum page, I found that it was a traditional place with a long history and world renowned faculty. I thought because it was a very high level place, that it wouldn’t be friendly. I realized it was a very supportive place, where my life and concept of traditional music changed, and that at this higher level there is lots of flexibility.
Tell me about your musical backstory…what got you to where you are today?
I got my bachelor’s degree back in Columbia. I started playing music as a child through a foundation for children who want to approach different instruments in a social way. There, I learned percussion. While I was getting my bachelor’s, I had a teacher from Julliard who, when I finished my degree, suggested places for me to apply here, including NEC.
What is the best thing about life as a vocal performance major?
NEC is based on the human side of everyone. They support everyone’s differences. Every teacher and student has a very different personality and they respect those individualities to make a very diverse community. NEC’s high standards also brings a mixed experience, it is not all just academic or musical, but a mix of both. It has made me rethink and renew my vision as an artist.
Who has been your favorite teacher? Why?
Every teacher here is very different, they are all so unique there is not one best one. Bradley Williams, though, my voice teacher has been very supportive of me. He’s had a very long career as both a performer and a teacher and has helped me grow my confidence. I could tell you this is true about all the teachers here, though.
What makes NEC unique? Why did you choose here over other schools?
I chose NEC because the MM in vocal performance has such a wide curriculum. You have many components within opera, such as staging, different roles, dictation, and acting. You also have the pedagogy component, if you’re interested in teaching, or the option to develop your own path. It’s a really multicultural place with well-known staff, long standing tradition, historical landmark buildings, and they know what they’re doing. It’s a really nice and safe place to grow.
What is the biggest challenge you’re proud to have overcome here?
My biggest challenge was adapting to a new culture. For me, the challenge was to give myself my own pace and to believe that I am here because I can be here. I've found that, yes, I have the strengths and abilities to be a part of this community and I’ve found the best version of myself here.
What advice would you give to incoming students?
To believe in the beauty of your dreams. Here at NEC you have the best platform to make your dreams come true. They offer everything, give it a chance.