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Featured Student: Ross Hanson

Ross HansonExpected graduation date: May 2020

Degree objective: Music Education (Choral and Vocal)

Instrument: Voice (Baritone)

University highlights, achievements and awards: Creative and Performing Arts Award Scholarship Winner of the 2016 Paul W Hagan Aria Concerto Competition; Two-time performer on the President’s Recital; Student recital performer at the Contemporary Music Festival; Vice President of the ISU ACDA student chapter; current conductor of the Terre Haute Children’s Lyric Choir through the Community School of the Arts; music theory and skills tutor; and Residential Peer Mentor with the University College.

High School: North High School

Hometown: Evansville, IN

Family ties to ISU: My dad, graduated in 1986!

I chose to attend ISU because… The voice faculty here is so good, they are the top! I knew from my audition, and interaction with my teacher, Dr. Carlisle, that I would learn so much from studying voice here!

When I have free time, I like… I really like bike riding, cooking, playing disc golf, and watching YouTube.

My favorite places on campus to study are: Normal Hall is great, so beautiful! I also really like to study in the study rooms in the library.

My favorite professor is… There is such great faculty to choose from, but if I had to pick, my favorite professor(s) are Dr. Dean, Mrs. Edwards, Dr. Davis, and my voice teacher, Dr. Carlisle

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with… My whole family!

If I knew I could not fail, I would… Buy a lottery ticket! LOL! No, I would audition for opera roles across the country.

After graduation, I plan to… Go onto graduate school for vocal performance, I want to learn more about how to become the best singer I can be!

The one ISU experience I will always remember is/will be… I got the opportunity to sing an aria with the ISU Symphony Orchestra this past year. This has been on my bucket list for a long while, and I’m so happy I got to do it!

If I knew then what I know now, I would… Study the scores as much as I sing them. You have to know every part of your music.

If I could serve as a mentor for future ISU music students, I would tell them/suggest that they… Devote themselves to their studies and realize that a degree in music is a lot of work! Graduating in four years is no easy task—but it is an important goal to have!