Anna Buck

Expected graduation date: May 2013buck

Degree objective: Music Education

Instrument: Voice

University highlights, achievements and awards:
ISU Presidential Scholar
ISU Presidential Recital, February 2012
Regional NATS Contest Winner, 2010, 2011
Spokesperson for ISU Honors Recruitment Video, 2011
ISU Jazz Ensemble December 2011
ISU Contemporary Music Festival Student Performer, 2011
September 11 Commemorative Concert, soloist, 2011
Singer for ISU Presidential Christmas Card 2010, 2011
ACDA President, Vice President, 2010, 2011
ISU Honors Recital, February 2009, 2010
ISU Concert Choir, 2009-Present
ISU Sycamore Singers, Spring 2010-present
SNATS Member, 2009, 2010

High School: Noblesville High School

Hometown: Noblesville, Indiana

Family ties to ISU: My eldest sister, Sarah, is a senior at ISU.

I chose to attend ISU because...To be honest, ISU was the last school I applied to because I thought I wanted to go to a bigger university. After visiting with the music faculty, specifically Dr. Buchanan, I felt like attending ISU would give me performance opportunities that a larger university never could. Dr. Buchanan reassured me that this school would do their best to help me accomplish my goals. I also really loved the environment. I appreciated how the faculty seemed to really get along in order to help their students. This sense of community is what really drew me in. Moreover, because it is a smaller school, I am able to receive a lot of individual feedback which has really helped grow me as a musician.

When I have free time, I like...To SING! And to meet up with my friends at a local coffee shop or to have a movie night at my apartment.

My favorite places on campus to study are... The atrium in University Hall! It is usually so quiet and, it’s a great place to get hot chocolate!

My favorite professor is...This is not a fair question! The faculty are all so wonderful. I have really appreciated my time with all of the voice faculty such as; Dr. Balensuela, Dr. Carlisle, and especially my voice teacher, Dr. Colleen Davis. I have really enjoyed classes with Dr. Terry Dean. Although music history is one of the hardest classes I have ever taken, Dr. Dean does a great job of working with the students and he really loves what he does. Similarly, Dr. Scott Buchanan has also been a great help to me during my time here at ISU School of Music. He convinced me that ISU would be the best fit for me and he is always available for advice. The School of Music faculty are great. I really loved my class in the Honors department with Dr. Feinsod. That man knew more about Ancient wisdom literature than anyone I have her encountered. And, he was so passionate about what he taught. I also will never forget my Urban Legends class with Dr. Nan MacEntire. She is one of the sweetest, most intriguing women.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with... I would love to spend an afternoon with Renee Fleming. Not only does she have a beautiful voice, but she seems to be a wonderful woman off the stage as well. It would be wonderful to get to pick her brain a little bit about performing and what life is like as a professional singer.

If I knew I could not fail, I would... What a loaded question. I think I would do two things. First, I would LOVE to sing a leading role at the Met. Then, after becoming rich and famous, I want to travel to India or to Germany and work with International Justice Mission, a Christian organization that works with women who had been abused or sold into sex slavery to show them that there is hope. In doing this, I would help to teach them practical skills so they might be able to have a new life. Also, I would help them cope with what had occurred in their past using music. After all, music has this incredible way of reaching our souls.

After graduation, I plan to... I hope to pursue a masters degree in vocal performance or to go straight into teaching middle school choir. I am also considering taking two years to teach English at a university in China before going into music full-time. Either way, I want to use the gifts I have been given for the glory of God. No matter what, I have to keep singing!

The one ISU experience I will always remember is/will be... Goodness. Where do I even start? I have loved nearly everything about my time here at ISU. I have met so many incredible people. I think what has been the most incredible thing is seeing how much people have grown and matured as musicians and as people. I love watching the voice division recitals (I love instrumentalists too, but I’m bias towards vocalist…). It is so exciting to hear how much someone progresses just after one year! I love that. I will never forget the Madrigal dinners with both Dr. Buchanan and Dr. Carlisle. After all, it’s hard to forget an event where all the guys are wearing tights! I will always remember traveling to Orlando, FL to work at Universal Studios with Campus Outreach Ministries. And even though it hasn’t happened yet, I know the trip to Florence, Italy with Sycamore Singers will be unforgettable!

If I knew then what I know now, I would… I would tell my self not to worry so much about the small stuff. Every season of life comes and goes so fast. It is important to have a vision for your time and to pursue it with everything you have. If we waste our time or lesser things, we will miss out on the bigger picture of life.

If I could serve as a mentor for future ISU music students, I would tell them/suggest that they… What I should say is study and practice! These are both extremely important, after all, as musicians and students we have a responsibility to do our best, but you should also be doing what you love! Think of each class as a window through which we see a different side of music. Music theory and history may seem non-creative and unnecessarily stressful, but without such things, music wouldn’t be this beautifully complex thing that we all love. Also, be sure to plan out your time and to make time to have fun. Finally, be sure to make friends outside of the School of Music; it never hurts to get outside perspective.

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