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Student Spotlight

Every year, UWO brass students graduate and pursue exciting and unique opportunities.  Meet three Brass Department seniors.

 

Josh Hernday

Josh H

 

Why do you recommend UWO to others?

I would recommend UWO to anyone because it has a great community atmosphere, surrounded by great faculty and staff that want to see the students succeed. It's also in a city that has a ton to offer to anyone and everyone.


What surprised you about your time at UWO?

Nothing really surprised me about UWO. I've lived here almost my entire life and have visited the campus for years.  That's the beauty of UWO though, the community is very supportive of campus events.

 

What will you miss about UWO once you graduate?

When I graduate I will most definitely miss all of my friends that I've made over the years, students and faculty alike.

 

What are your plans after you graduate?

I plan on going to graduate school to get my masters in horn performance. The training that I've received at UWO has been absolutely priceless in my preparation, and is the reason I've already gotten accepted in to two major universities!


What is your favorite UWO musical memory?

My favorite musical memory at UWO would have to be when the Orchestra played Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. We had a brass section that could rival any university's, hands down.


Do you have any words of wisdom for prospective students and incoming freshman?

My words of wisdom for incoming freshman are: Practice hard, have fun, and don't be afraid to try something new and unusual every now and then. The best opportunities are worth looking for!


Tim Kuckuk

Tim K

Why do you recommend UWO to others?

Oshkosh is small enough to get to know your professors on a first name basis, but it's still large enough to see new faces daily.  

What surprised you about your time at UWO?

The opportunities I had to get involved in extra-curriculars and the caliber of professors.  I was also able to perform with professional musicians and in some pretty awesome venues.  Also, the amount of face time you can have with your professors is great for developing personal and professional relationships as well as helping you grow as a musician, student and person in general.

What will you miss about UWO once you graduate?

The community.  The relationships I've developed with classmates and professors have been great.

What are your plans after you graduate?

I will be completing an internship in the audio engineering/mastering field for television and film.  The studio is located in Portland Oregon and they have done projects for TV shows such as Lost, 24, and various programs on MTV.  Their work can also be heard on films such as Where the Wild Things Are, and The Sitter.  My 14 week internship will allow me many opportunities for networking in the business and daily hands on experience editing upcoming projects.  I'm also hoping to be hired into their company after the internship requirements are completed.


What is your favorite UWO musical memory?

Pretty much anytime you get to hear the brass faculty perform or talk about some of the opportunities they have had.  Such as Dr. Robinson's compositional career for film and TV, or Dr. Chmura-Moore's experience playing across Europe.  Or when I used a spotlight and actors to interpretively dance while I performed a multi-movement trombone solo.  One movement ended with the actor doing a backflip, it was sweet.

Do you have any words of wisdom for prospective students and incoming freshman?

Dive in and ask lots of questions.  Nothing is out of reach.

 

Ben Marquardt

Ben M

 

Why do you recommend UWO to others?

I would recommend UWO to students because there is a great sense of community within the music department.  We are all like one big family.

 

What surprised you about your time at UWO?

What surprised me the most is how most, if not all, the professors are known world-wide as experts in their field.

 

What will you miss about UWO once you graduate?

I will miss most all the friends I've made throughout my years here.  Playing music with people has a special way of bringing you together like nothing else can, and that builds strong friendships.

 

What are your plans after you graduate?

I will be going to get my Masters degree in Euphonium Performance from Western Michigan University.  Someday I'd like to teach tuba/euphonium/trombone at a school like UWO.

 

What is your favorite UWO musical memory?

I'd have to say that playing Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky would be the top of my list.  Even though I only got to play in one movement, it was glorious to be able to sit back and listen to the brass do what they do best.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for prospective students and incoming freshman?

Don't be afraid to take a little risk.  School is a place where it is safe to make mistakes.  Without risk there is a limit to how much you can grow.

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