Name: David Brookshier '15
Hometown: Capitola, CA
Minors: Music, Chemistry
Musical Involvements: Wind Ensemble (principal oboe), chamber music, Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble (oboe coach), San Jose Youth Symphony Orchestra (camp counselor, alumni musician)
Involvements Outside Music: Summer 2014 research in Marine Biophysics at UC Berkeley Koehl Laboratory, summer research at Naval Postgraduate School in previous years
On why I chose Puget Sound: To be honest, I didn't do as much research as I should have about any of the colleges I applied to. What really convinced me to choose Puget Sound was how the school felt when I visited. Before I came here, I knew very little and wasn't expecting much. During my visit I felt so much at home the entire time because of the welcoming and friendly atmosphere and I got to sit in and play with the Wind Ensemble and have a lesson with the fantastic oboe teacher Dan Williams. When I left I had made up my mind.
Favorite thing about Puget Sound and the School of Music: My favorite part of Puget Sound and the School of Music is how easy it is to be involved in multiple disciplines. Even though I am not a music major, I can still participate in, and even play a leadership role in numerous groups at the School of Music. Also, all of the the music professors are outstanding, quirky, and inspiring people who excel in their individual fields, which makes it an incredible environment to be a part of. The Wind Ensemble has grown under our conductor Dr. Gerard Morris to be a close-knit family that is dedicated to practicing performance at a high standard.
Favorite Class: My favorite class so far has been Animal Behavior (BIO 472). The subject matter is very intriguing to me, and professor Stacey Weiss is a very challenging, yet fantastic, teacher. This semester we had the opportunity to do a research project at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium creating a new enrichment item for the Siamangs, which was a success. We also experienced the entirety of creating and applying for a research grant, a long and arduous process.
Favorite musical memory at Puget Sound (so far): My favorite musical memory will forever be our performance of Maslanka's 4th Symphony this semester for the final Wind Ensemble concert. We had very little preparation time, yet everyone put in the hard work necessary to make it happen, and it was a spectacular ending to an incredible year.
Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is the music lounge. It's almost always got some friendly music students in it, and it's cozy and comfy when it's raining. The ambient noise of people practicing in the background is a soothing atmosphere.
What I'm looking forward to: I am practicing the Strauss oboe concerto this summer in preparation for the concerto competition next year. I am very excited at the possibility of performing such a delightful piece with our school's orchestra.