Alumni Stories

Kristina Rodriguez Salaverry DDS, MS '05

Kristina Rodriguez Salaverry DDS, MS
Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology

I moved to New York City after graduation in 2005 for dental school (and later a residency in periodontics) at Columbia University.  Since finishing all my training in 2012, I now work as a Periodontist in private practice in Manhattan and also as an instructor at the dental school.

Bailey Hoar '13

I came to Dartmouth expecting to sing and perform, but I certainly didn't expect music to shape and define my Dartmouth career in the way that it did. The Music Department faculty encouraged collaboration and exploration, providing an incredible set of mentors and instructors from whom I could learn and with whom I could perform. Thanks to classes in music theory and history that transformed me into a well-rounded musician, I discovered a newfound confidence and desire to push the boundaries of my musical comfort zone. As a result, my senior year at Dartmouth was a veritable musical playground: I created an Honors recital program that married my interest in the Classics with my passion for opera; I dabbled in sprechstimme in a performance of Pierrot Lunaire; and I collaborated with voice faculty and three other senior women to perform our very own opera scenes concert in Rollins through the Chamber Music program. In each project, I cultivated friendships and professional relationships with other undergraduates, grad students, faculty members, and professional musicians--an excellent primer for a professional career in classical music.

David Martosko '91

David Martosko '91 -- US Political editor, The Daily Mail (London)

I worked with some wonderful music teachers at Dartmouth, and they encouraged me to attend a top-flight conservatory for a graduate degree in orchestra conducting. The process taught me that sometimes the most important person on stage is the one who works with performers to coax the best out of them, yet doesn't make a sound himself. It's the same dynamic I've found in newsrooms, where an editor can set a publication's tone and manage its quality control, even though his name is seldom on a news story. I wouldn't understand my role in journalism without my Dartmouth experience.

Emmett Knox '09

I was overwhelmed by the talent of my cohort as a Dartmouth freshman. The intimacy of the music department was just what I needed to get a foothold in an unfamiliar place. While I found the music major cumbersome at times with its various requirements, it was a department that offered great access to really accomplished musicians and musicologists from a diverse set of fields. I'm now a professional musician, making a living doing what I love, and I certainly wouldn't be here without my many hours in the Hop basement.

Kabir Sehgal '05

I pursued a double major, including one in music, because I wanted a broad liberal arts education that would prepare me for my future career.
Studying music at Dartmouth helped me develop my critical thinking skills. The composition classes taught me to translate my ideas into action.
It was good preparation for my Wall Street career in which I must communicate effectively every day. 

Bradford Proctor '06

My Freshman fall, I was thrown into the Music Department headfirst with an introductory class in Electro-Acoustic music.  From then on, I spent many Friday nights and weekends locked in the music department's BritTrax recording studio, creating my own pieces and playing with new sounds and ideas outside of class.  It was this kind of extra-curricular encouragement, to not only learn the core theoretical elements in the major, but also be inspired and given the tools to experiment on my own that ultimately shaped my Dartmouth music experience.  From student-run A Cappella and musical theater productions to the annual Glee Club opera and performance trip to Rio de Janeiro, the experiences I was afforded outside of the classroom gave me the autonomy and stimulation to venture out into New York City and create my own music.  Music, ultimately for me, has been fulfilling in my post-college life as it was at Dartmouth: as a self-chosen, participatory experience.

Pen Vineyard '11

I was drawn to the music major by the varied, novel coursework and unparalleled intimacy. Even though I did not choose a career in music, the department afforded me with a strong network of advisors and friends to help me find my way. I have been teaching Spanish for the last three years in Connecticut. As a teacher, I place great importance on developing the 21st century skills that I honed through my music studies: communication skills, scholarship, critical thinking, collaboration, and adaptability. I will always think back very fondly upon the countless (and windowless!) hours spent in the Hopkins Center basement.

Nick Brown '09

I cannot claim to be a concert pianist or professional composer - unfortunately these days my piano and guitar sit dormant more often than not. That said, my major in Music modified with Engineering has served me very well as I've moved into the software field. Discussing complex compositions with a group of intelligent, musical peers is invaluable training for tackling large problems in almost any domain. Musical analysis teaches the value of diverse perspectives, the importance of threading together creativity and analytical rigor, and is perfect training for looking at the big picture without losing sight of intricate details. I often look back fondly on my term abroad in London and am amazed by the opportunity we were given to listen to, think about, discuss, analyze and explore music in depth every day for ten weeks. I wouldn't trade that experience and what I learned studying Music at Dartmouth for anything.

Michael T. Roberts '00

For me as a musician, Dartmouth was a place where anything was possible. I entered as an electric guitar player, thrilled to find a home playing jazz with the Barbary Coast and rocking fraternity parties on the weekends with a great band. I graduated as a music major who had discovered a love of Mozart, cultivated skills on the classical guitar with a great teacher, and spent my entire senior year composing and producing my own opera. It helped to have phenomenal professors like Bill Summers, who quickly spotted my interest in writing musical theater and, in literally my first week at Dartmouth, began encouraging me to pursue a Senior Fellowship, eventually mentoring me through the entire process. It was a life-changing experience that could not have happened anywhere else. What I learned as a music major at Dartmouth has enriched every day of my life since—through graduate school at the San Francisco Conservatory, and now in my career as a guitarist, composer, and teacher.

Carmen Flores '00

One of the biggest influences during my time at Dartmouth was the Music FSP in 1999, which took place in London and led by Professor Sally Pinkas. During my junior year, I was fortunate to explore this fantastic city along with 16 of my classmates, where we attended concerts of everything from opera, symphony orchestras, string quartets (the Brentano Quartet at Wigmore Hall was one of my most vivid memories), to jazz singers, experimental and electronic music. Absorbing these experiences like a sponge, we were immersed in musical life of London, and learned about the dedication and practice required to bring our creative and artistic ideas to fruition.

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