Dickinson College Music Colloquium 2014
Ann gave a presentation on Leonard Bernstein's "Lamentation" from Symphony no. 1 "Jeremiah" on December 12, 2014 in Rubendall Recital Hall. She examined how the movement functions as an extended recitative and addresses the theme of "crisis of faith." Additionally, Ann analyzed how his incorporation of musical devices, symbols of Jewish culture, and setting of text contribute to the symphony's musical assimilation into American culture.
This presentation provided Ann with her first opportunity to present her theoretical ideas in a professional setting. She demonstrated strong authority and clarity over her ideas and articulated her responses to questions eloquently.
Ann researched for her presentation for several months and although she felt prepared, presenting at colloquium was still very challenging. When performing a piece of music Ann can rely on her instrument to showcase her talents and accomplishments. But at colloquium Ann had to ensure that her ideas were supported by a well-articulated, organized, and interesting presentation that underscored her dedication to her research. There are many places where Ann can improve her presentation, but for an undergraduate student the presentation was a huge success. It exhibited Ann's growth as a developing professional academic scholar.