Name: Whitney Reveyrand '15
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Instruments: Flute, Piccolo
Major: Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance
Residence: Off-campus house
Musical Involvements: Sigma Alpha Iota (Editor), Symphony Orchestra (Principal flute/piccolo), Flute Ensemble, Seattle Flute Society, Las Vegas Flute Club, National Flute Association, Music Admission student assistant
Involvements Outside Music: Repertory Dance Group, worship team at Westgate Baptist Church, photography
On why I chose Puget Sound: The flute program drew me in, in addition to the appeal of a liberal arts education. Each field has its own language and I believe that to be a successful member of society, you need at least a general understanding of the languages of a variety of fields, while specializing in your own. That is the beauty of this institution. I am required to explore a variety of fields for a general understanding of how each area is inter-connected. When I came to visit, I immediately fell in love with the campus. What amazed me, however, was the friendliness of every person I came in contact with. I feared that because I was a prospective student, they were simply giving me extra kindness. After being a student here for three years, I absolutely know that the kindness I experienced as a prospective student was sincere.
Favorite thing about Puget Sound and the School of Music: What makes the School of Music at University of Puget Sound so special is the community. I know that had I chosen any other school, I would not have the same relationship with my professors and peers as I do now. I can walk through the School of Music and hold up a conversation with a professor about music or about life in general and feel comfortable. I can walk into the music lounge by the practice rooms and find a friendly face to encourage me. The accessibility of the supportive community within the University of Puget Sound made my transition into a collegiate music student comfortable.
Favorite Classes: There has not been a class yet that I can say I legitimately disliked! As a freshman, I took a class to fulfill my Writing and Rhetoric requirement called "Music Criticism" (MUS 123) taught by Gwynne Brown, and that would definitely be a top contender for my favorite. I also took a course in Japanese culture called "Aesthetics and Identity in Japanese Culture" (ALC 104) at the same as I was taking a Japanese language course. Both of the classes I took were taught by the fabulous Jan Leuchtenberger. I was able to take the very minimal knowledge I had in Japanese cultures/history and develop an interdisciplinary understanding - ah, the beauty of liberal arts!
Favorite musical memory at Puget Sound (so far): The walls of the music building have witnessed quite a growth in my playing and knowledge, from personal practicing achievements, to the piecing together of a recital, to settling into myself as an ensemble performer. However, I would have the say the culmination of the work of putting together a recital was a pinnacle moment. I was privileged to have the opportunity to join one of my dearest friends in recital in March 2013 and put together a fun program to perform. This sort of performance opportunity is not something that is accessible at most schools, and I am reminded how fortunate I am to be in a community where my flute professor, Karla Flygare, can help me shape my playing and prepare me for a recital so early in my undergraduate career.
Favorite Place on Campus: Karlan Quad is amongst my favorites because of the nearly constant music resonating from the practice rooms and music building. Also, after it rains, the quad has a strong scent of Evergreen trees, reminding me of Christmas!