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Kirstie and Kristie Bronner
Kirstie and Kristie Bronner are senior music majors at Spelman College who study classical voice and are active members of the Spelman College Glee Club. Kirstie Bronner serves as the student conductor and alto one section leader, and Kristie serves as the chaplain and soprano two section leader. They are members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. In the fall of 2011, Kirstie and Kristie studied abroad in Milan, Italy for the first semester of their junior year, studying classical voice, Italian opera, and visiting one of the most world-renown opera houses, La Scala.
At Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral (WOF), Kristie and Kirstie lead the youth praise team and are assistant directors of the S.A.L.T. teen choir. They also serve as the teachers for the “Jewels 4 Jesus” Sunday school class for young ladies, ages 14-18. Similarly, they do inspirational speaking and ministry to young women at schools, churches, and other events. Kristie and Kirstie have coordinated the purity conference of 2011 at WOF and the three-day “Awaken Me: Removing the Blindfolds” conference of 2012 that drew over 600 young people from WOF and beyond. After graduation, Kirstie and Kristie will work for Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral as the youth event coordinators and leaders in the worship and arts department. In addition, they will write, teach, and record Contemporary Christian and gospel music. Kristie and Kirstie Bronner will continue in these musical and ministerial endeavors that connect with their passion for God, music, and fulfilling the great commission.
During the fall 2012 semester, I studied abroad at Goldsmith’s University in London, England. These are a few pictures from around my campus. While I was there, I took classes in music theory, music performance, music in London, and theatre. I also participated in the Gospel Choir Society and had a show at the campus radio station. Even though London is an English speaking city, there were subtle differences that I had to get used to. But overall, I felt very safe and comfortable in London and that allowed me to have that much more of an amazing experience.
London is rich in musical culture and history. Many famous musicians including Mozart, Handel, and Jimi Hendrix have all lived and worked in London. People in London really enjoy African American music, including jazz and gospel. In addition, you can see any genre of music performance from dubstep to punk to ethnic performances to opera and top quality musical theatre.
London is the most multicultural city in the world. In addition to numerous musical opportunities, you can do basically anything you want in London.
-They have amazing renditions of every type of food imaginable. (Thai, Ethiopian, Jamaican, Lebanese...to name a few!)
-They have wealth of world class museums housing fascinating works of art and ancient relics such as the first printed copy the King James bible.
-They have awesome castles, palaces, and ancient architecture to explore. It would literally take you a month to get to all of the castles and palaces alone.
-They have first rate theatre and musical theatre located in their west end.
-There are lots of parties and entertainment venues to keep you occupied at all hours of the night.
-The city plays host to many vibrant sub cultures.
-There are many wondrous places to shop including outdoor markets and Harrods, the world’s biggest department store where you can get anything, from a new liver to an elephant!
And of course, London has their world famous tourists attractions to keep you occupied for weeks! The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben Clock tower, The London Eye, The Tube, Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the Globe Theatre, etc.
Because of it’s central location, London is the gateway to the world. You can easily and inexpensively get to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. During my abroad term, I went to Paris and visited the Louvre, the Sacre-Coeur, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triomphe, and walked along the Champs-Élysées.
I went to Amsterdam and saw the beautiful canals, had amazing Dutch pancakes, and participated in some of their Christmas traditions.
I went to Istanbul, Turkey and visited several middle eastern Palaces, saw even more ancient relics such as Moses’s staff that parted the red sea, I visited the Kapaliçarşi (Grand Bazaar), a medieval fortress, beautifully designed mosques, and tried amazing new foods.
I also went to Rome and saw the Colosseum and Palatine Hill, The Spanish Steps, The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, The Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, and gelato!
Finally, I spent some time in the English country side. It was beautiful to experience the different ways that each place viewed not only Americans, but African Americans in particular. It was almost like I myself was a walking museum. It was interesting to have the cultural exchange go both ways. It was also fascinating how even though these places are so close together, they are so vastly different in food, culture, and language. .
Some interesting facts about English culture:
-They do not have a celebrity culture. If a famous person was walking down the street, no one would turn a head and tabloids would not go crazy.
-The British have a very dry sense of humor. They would say the funniest things in the most boring way, and if you weren’t listening, then you wouldn’t catch it!
-England has the lowest suicide and depression rate of any first world country.
-The accents are every bit as impressive in real life as they are on tv!
-It doesn’t always rain!
-Europe loves Obama and they are very open about it!
Being in London truly re-instated my passion for music and for life in general. Everyday was a new, exciting adventure. The people were nice and helpful and I made numerous, amazing friends from all over the world.
Earlier in the summer, I also had the opportunity to go to Bari, Italy with my piano teacher Spelman’s own Dr. Chung for a classical music festival. Bari is in beautiful southern Italy.
During the festival I stayed with a host family and ate amazing home cooked Italian food.
I participated in private lessons, master classes, and concerts. It was fascinating taking a lessons from people who didn’t even speak english!
It was fun to make such great life long friends with similar interests. I am very blessed to have that opportunity to learn and travel.
If you’re interested in studying abroad, studying in London, or just going to Europe, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have!
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Angelica M Grays
is a 2011 graduate of Spelman College. Coming to Spelman was always her dream and through her journey as a music major, she found it to be her destiny.
During her matriculation at Spelman College, Ms. Grays had the opportunity to exercise her business skills in the arts as The Spelman College Glee Club’s Tour Manager. Angelica was the tour manager for the Glee Club for two years and in the spring of 2010 was asked to continue, making her the first student to serve the position for three consecutive years. Being a self-starter, she takes an active approach to project management. She has successfully planned and executed three national tours for the Glee Club and has proven to be gifted in dealing with individual clients.
Outside of Spelman activities, she was a 2010/11 participant in various 105 Voices of History endeavors; she
had the opportunity to become involved in projects such as the Annual September Concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Washington National Opera Vocal Workshop and The Wells Fargo Emerging Leaders/Entrepreneurs Workshop & Business Plan Competition, of which she won first place.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music at Spelman College in Atlanta GA, Ms. Grays entered the Master of Arts Degree program in Arts Management at George Mason University, from which she will graduate in May 2013. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to develop, implement and oversee various artists in the role of tour manager and most recently, artist liaison with the Aspen Music Festival this past summer of 2012 in Aspen, Colorado. She is also a passionate advocate for the advancement of minority women in the arts industry.
In September 2012, Ms. Grays became the recipient of the 2012/13 North Carolina Arts Council Community Arts Administrator Fellowship. Under this program, she worked with the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro through December of 2012. During her internship at UAC, Ms. Grays focused her work on strategic planning, research, funding policy issues and other activities under the direction of the President/CEO. She is currently working as a development intern for the United Nations Foundation headquartered in Washington, DC.
As she prepares to complete her graduate degree this May, Ms. Grays is excited for the next phase in her career and the many things God has in stored for her in the New Year.
Hyunjung Chung, D.M.A
Location: Fine Arts Building, Room 105
Born in South Korea, pianist Hyunjung Rachel Chung has actively performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in Italy, France, Thailand, Canada, Korea and throughout the U.S. She has distinguished herself in several competitions including the 27th Artist International New York Debut Audition, Milosz Magin International Piano Competition, and International Web Concert Hall Competition.
After presenting her New York recital debut at the Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in 1996, Chung has appeared in various concert venues, and invited to perform and present lectures and master classes in the Grumo Festival in Italy, Forty Fingers International Piano Festival in Rome, Arioso Musica Domani International Composition Prize, Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival, Hawaii International Conference for Arts and Humanities, College Music Society International Conference, and Van Cliburn Piano Institute to name a few.
Her unique programs exhibit her strong commitment to promote new music written by living composers and rarely heard music by known composers. As an acclaimed collaborate artist, she has worked with many established instrumentalists, and served as an accompanist and orchestra pianist for the Delaware Valley Opera Company and Hudson Opera Theater in New York. As an active music educator, she has adjudicated numerous competitions and auditions including World Pianovision Competition, ACT-SO, and National Federation of Music Club Audition.
She is assistant professor at Spelman College in Atlanta. Chung holds her bachelor's degree from Seoul National University, her master of music degree and Professional Study Diploma from the Mannes College of Music, and her doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from Rutgers - the State University of New Jersey.
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