Jillian Andersen, Flute
Name: Jillian Andersen ‘13
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Major: Double majoring in Computer Science and Music (emphasis in Music History)
Lives: Off-campus in a house a block from campus
Musical Involvements: Chism Research Scholar in Music History for Summer 2012, Wind Ensemble, flute choir, flute studio class, works as Recording & Lighting Technician in Schneebeck Concert Hall
Involvements Outside Music: Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Favorite Thing(s) about Puget Sound and the School of Music:
Jillian loves that there are “tons of options" for courses in all departments, and well as an enormous number of performance opportunities. Students get a lot of performance exposure if they want it. The faculty work hard for students. Jillian appreciates that she can double major here. The professors are “extremely personally supportive,” and really believe in their students. She also loves music history! Jillian recently applied for and was offered a Chism Summer Research Grant, and during summer 2012 researched the authorship and authenticity in music by Mozart and Josquin, and how that relates to the reception of a piece by the general public. Her project is entitled “Questions of Authorship in Josquin and Mozart: Documentary versus Stylistic Evidence.”
- Music – Music 231 (Music History) with Dr. Geoffrey Block. She loves looking in depth into music and developing the ability to recognize characteristics of musical eras.
- Computer Science – Intro to Computer Science. She appreciated having a very supportive and approachable professor, as many are at Puget Sound. This class is what made Jillian decide to pursue a major in Computer Science.
Why did you choose Puget Sound?
A friend told Jillian about the school because she wanted serious academics and serious music. She was impressed by the website, the small size, and that classes were always taught by professors, never Teaching Assistants. She also really loved meeting Karla Flygare, the flute teacher, who she found to be kind and supportive. She appreciated that the professors wanted to get to know each student and not treat them like a number.
Jillian, like many instrumentalists, suffers from tendonitis. She has been amazed by how supportive the faculty are in helping her heal and deal with her tendonitis. Additionally, since Puget Sound has a top-notch Physical Therapy program, Jillian has been able to work on healing her tendonitis here on campus in the clinic.
Favorite place on campus:
Event Lawn and the music lounge.