Notes from the Collaborative
A Note from the Collaborative Director
Defining Collaboration: Collaborative Undergraduate Research Across the Disciplines
Research and Academic Travel Funding Opportunities
Academic Travel Award Recipients
Celebrating Student and Faculty/Staff Collaborations
Mar. 25, 2011 Collaborative Summer-Fall Grant applications due
Mar. 31 - Apr. 2, 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
Apr. 18, 2011 Collaborative Continuation Grant applications due
May 2, 2011 Student Academic Travel Grant and Attendee Grant applications due
Student Profile: Danielle Schroth
On January 20-21 I attended the National Band Association Wisconsin-Chapter
2011 College All-Star Honor Band in Wisconsin Rapids. There were many reasons I decided to
participate in this event. It was an honor to be selected from a pool of many
applicants to represent the St. Norbert College Music Department while doing
something I enjoy. I also attended for my own personal development as a
musician and a future music educator,
because while participating in this honors group I would be exposed to
different directors and their conducting styles, different musical literature,
and fellow colleagues and musicians from colleges across the state.
The event consisted of twelve hours of rehearsals in two
days. I received the music prior to the event, and when I arrived at the event
with fellow St. Norbert College students and other college students we worked
on assembling the music for our concert the next evening. Throughout rehearsals
I had the opportunity to perfect the music I had already prepared while
working with multiple conductors. I learned a lot from each conductor. Each
conductor had his or her own interpretation of the piece he or she chose to conduct, and each conductor had a unique individual manner of rehearsing the group.
with the different conductors, I learned many things that will assist me in my future
career. I saw a variety of conducting techniques and rehearsal procedures.
There were some that I liked and others that I didn't. Rehearsing with multiple conductors gave me an opportunity to be exposed to these different styles, and I could assess whether I might use these styles as a conductor myself. During rehearsal I also started listening to the music more objectively, creating my own personal opinions about the music, and comparing my
assessment with those of the directors. It was interesting to see how many
times my thoughts matched theirs, and how often the directors targeted something different than what I was thinking of. Attending the conference motivated me to start thinking as a future music educator.