Senior Elia Danielson recently won the R. Cedric Colness Vocal Competition and the Levi, Mildred, and Rusch Dees Endowment Award. In January, she sang in a special Music of Harry Potter concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Elia studies Music Education, actively performing on both flute and voice, with a minor in Spanish. Last summer was awarded a research grant from the Graduate Studies Office to study music in Italy. Elia regularly performs at CMU commencement ceremonies and has sung for President Davies' Investiture ceremony.
"My favorite opportunity at CMU is being able to perform in so many different capacities"
What is your favorite thing about our school of music?
My favorite thing about the School of Music is the welcoming environment and family that is created here. Everyone knows you and cares about you. I generally spend more time here than any place else on campus.
What is your favorite opportunity that you’ve had as a musician at CMU?
My favorite opportunity at CMU is being able to perform in so many different capacities. I have sung with the band and orchestra, played in both, and participated in competitions. I have sung opera, art song, musical theatre and pop songs. You get exposure to everything!
What are life lessons that you've learned through music at CMU?
While at CMU, I have personally learned what it looks like to help and receive help. I have had a tutor and now I have become a tutor for CMU undergraduates. I have struggled with medical issues, and all the teachers have been encouraging and accommodating. The grace they have shown me is immense. They care more about what I learn rather than when. When I become a teacher, this is a theme that will carry through my teaching.
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