Why did you choose to attend Catholic University and the Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art?
"I was attracted by the small, close-knit composition department, and I felt that this environment would give me more of the personal interactions, advice, and connections necessary to start really forging a career in music composition. I felt that I would not get this kind of personally formative attention at a school with a larger program, where I would be just one in a giant pool of others."
Why did you choose to study music, drama, and art?
"I chose to study music composition because it is an integral part of my life. I could have just let this be a hobby, but I believe that the world needs good music, and I want to be instrumental in providing that."
What's been your favorite part of being a student at Catholic University?
"My favorite part of Catholic University from the beginning has been the community. Never have I felt more welcomed and supported than here, not just by my close friends, but even by some of my acquaintances."
What advice would you give to prospective students?
"I think one of the most important pieces of advice I can give for music, drama, and art students is to really make yourself marketable. Find what about your skillset makes you unique and how to capitalize on that. Furthermore, begin making connections with people--students and faculty--early on, so that people can start associating you with your skillset. This will open up opportunities later on down the road."