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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Student violist says music helps ‘understand the more emotional side of the world’

"Freshman music education major Kathryn Budell picked up a viola for the first time when she was 7 years old." continues Daily Nebraskan.

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She was part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln String Project, an after-school program that paired third and fourth graders interested in playing stringed instruments with university students who could mentor them. After her introduction to the viola, Budell enlisted in private lessons,which have continued for the past 10 years. In high school, she was a member of the Lincoln Youth Symphony. It was there she met Clark Potter.

Potter is an associate professor of viola for the Glenn Korff School of Music as well as the conductor for the Lincoln Youth Symphony. Although Budell said she didn’t know him well at first, her decision to become a music major and their shared interest in the viola strengthened the relationship.

As a part of her major, Budell enrolled in MUAP 106, Potter’s viola studio. And as a part of being in this course, Budell became a member of NEBratsche, a viola ensemble. NEBratsche is made up of students with both majors and minors in music, as well as “interested students and music lovers,” as 
Potter puts it. As the director of NEBratsche, Potter finds music composed for groups of violas as well as composing some pieces himself. Potter also works with Jonah Sirota, a research associate professor and artist-in-residence. Sirota also leads viola students in a studio, and they join with Potter’s students to form NEBratsche.

Potter said that both he and Sirota “like to build strong relationships with our students not only as mentors and models, but also as their biggest fans.”

Source: Daily Nebraskan

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