St. Louis, Missouri
History, Leadership Studies


Music (violin), swimming, reading, writing

About Me

Colombia here I come!

March 9, 2013

I just realized that even though it takes up a large portion of my time, I have not yet written about music programs at the University of Richmond. Before I give you all sorts of valuable information and insights, I want to share some exciting news with you: I'm going with the orchestra to Cartagena, Colombia during Fall Break next year! 

Several months ago I sent in an application for one of only 11 spots for the trip and thankfully I was selected! So, this semester I have been busy participating in private violin lessons, the University orchestra, and Chamber Ensembles group. When we go to Cartagena, we will performing together with local student musicians. This will be a wonderful opportunity both musically and culturally.

Orchestra this semester has been a lot of fun. Last semester we played more stereotypical orchestral music but this semester we're playing some interesting jazzy pieces. At first that was a little bit of a transition for me but performing a new style and hearing different solo instruments has made this semester very enjoyable. Below is a video of one of the pieces we performed last semester with one of our own University musicians as a soloist.

Though I truly enjoy orchestra, I have loved participating in the chamber ensembles this semester. For those of you who aren't familiar with string instruments, a chamber group is usually made up of four (sometimes more sometimes less) musicians who each play a different part. Our chamber group is performing Mozart's Einekleine Nacht Music and currently has two violins, a bass, and a cello (we'll be adding a violist in Cartagena). Playing in a small group is different than an orchestra because there is a lot more interaction between musicians (since there is no conductor to boss them around!) 

The music program at U of R isn't huge but it is certainly very lively. Performances by UR students as well as other groups happen almost every week. If you have time, stop by and listen to the choir, band, orchestra, or one of the many other groups perform!

Hi, I'm Rebecca. I'm from Saint Louis but haven't lived there my whole life. In fact, I've actually moved thirteen times! I'm the oldest of eight kids which is pretty atypical nowadays. So, in case you were curious about what its like to live with so many small children, I made you a list.

9 ways you know you have a big family:

1. Doing laundry is definitely an all day affair

2. Buying a cow seems like an economical alternative to buying milk

3. You have two refrigerators AND two freezers

4. You refer to your family's twelve passenger van as "hot wheels"

5. You drive your siblings to a violin lesson and people think the orchestra has arrvied

6. Food just seems to disappear 

7. You see a "normal" sized family and wonder how they keep from feeling lonely

8. The number of shoes in your house rivals Imelda Marcos

9. Your family picture takes up the entire wall

Other interesting things about me? I'm planning on majoring in history and possibly leadership studies. I'm a Richmond Scholar so feel free to ask me about that. I love traveling and can't wait to spend a semester or year abroad. I play the violin and have for about ten years. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. My new favorite TV show is Vampire Diaries (don't hate me, I'm sorry!) I hope you enjoy my posts!

Why UR?

Why UR? Well, it was the small class sizes, School of Leadership Studies, reputation of good academics, and sheer curiosity that made me apply. But, seeing the dedicated faculty, sitting in a fascinating class discussion, and meeting so many friendly people was what made me commit.