Name: Stephen Abeshima, '16
Hometown: Saratoga, CA
Instrument: Euphonium, trombone
Major: Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Residence: University Hall suite with other music students
Musical Involvements: Wind Ensemble (Principal), Symphony Orchestra (trombone) Jazz Band (2012-2013), Tuba/Euphonium Quartet, Pep Band, Winner of 2013 NW Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference Young Artist Euphonium Solo Competition
On why I chose Puget Sound: When I originally chose Puget Sound, I was not planning on majoring in music, so I chose it because it was a place where I could study another subject but still have the opportunity to participate in music. In addition, when I was visiting the school, I loved the beautiful campus and all the faculty members I met.
Favorite thing about Puget Sound and the School of Music: Once of my favorite things about Puget Sound, especially the School of Music, is the fantastic faculty. They are all so knowledgeable about what they are teaching, and also really easy to talk to if you ever have a questions and care a lot about their students.
Favorite Class: "Physics of Music" (PHYS 205) with Rand Worland - It is really fascinating to learn about all the science behind music; there's a lot of it that I didn't know about before. Also, the class is really fun!
Favorite musical memory at Puget Sound (so far): My favorite musical memory so far at Puget Sound was the Wind Ensemble concert in April 2013 where we performed Karel Husa's Music for Prague 1968. It was the most intense performance I have ever been a part of - one that left me speechless and in awe of both our ensemble's artistry and Husa's writing. The final unison statement was the most intensely emotional and moving section of music I have played, not only here at Puget Sound, but in my entire life.
Favorite place on campus: The music lounge - there are always fellow musicians there to relax and hang out with.