Name: Courtney Eaton
Class Year: 2015
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
Q: Why did you choose Maryville College?
A: Originally I looked at two different colleges. I wanted to play volleyball and learn more about music. At the other college I was unable to do both, so I chose Maryville College.
Q: What got you interested in studying music?
A: Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved to sing. I have been in choirs since I was in elementary school. What sparked my interest to study music was my high school choir teacher, Ms. Sandra Bass. She introduced me to music theory and taught me how to play the piano. The interest she put into teaching me inspired me to pursue music as something I would like to do for the rest of my life.
Q: What have been your favorite courses at Maryville College?
A: My favorite courses are all of my music courses. I enjoy music theory, aural skills, choir, piano lessons, and voice lessons. I love them all!
Q: Since you are in the Maryville College Concert Choir--can you explain how that helps you as a music major?
A: Being in the Maryville College Concert Choir helps me as a music major because I can put what I have learned in my music courses to use. There are instances in choir where we need to be able to read music quickly and understand the tonality of a piece.
Q: What is the best thing about being a music major?
A: I think the best thing about being a music major is having the ability to do what I love, and I'm learning simultaneously. It is exhilarating to be able to study a subject that I am passionate about.
Q: What do you plan to do with your degree after you graduate?
A: I plan to go to graduate school either in Tennessee or in South Carolina, where I am from. I am interested in Music Therapy, which requires the next level of education.
Q: Do you think that your decision to come to Maryville College was the right one?
A: My decision to come to Maryville College has been the best decision I have ever made. Coming to Maryville College has given me the resources to become a better student and a better individual. I am able to figure out who I am, what I love to do, and what it takes to reach my goals. My decision to come to MC has impacted every aspect of my life and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Erin Kramer ‘ 09, studied art history abroad in England.
In the Fall of 2008, Sharon Lankford ’10 and Winston Sullivan ’11, sang with the Knoxville Opera Chorus for their Halloween Spectacular.
Major in Theatre and ASL/Deaf Studies, Katie R. F. Stangarone completed internships at InterAct Children’s Theatre for the Deaf and received a Lilly Vocation Grant (through Maryville College’s Center for Calling and Career) in the to work at the Imagination Stage in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of the American Humanics Non-profit leadership Certification program, a recipient of the Evelyn Seedorf Prize in Dramatic Arts from Maryville College and participated in a research based practicum through the Center for Strong Communities.
In the Fall of 2008, Ashley Wise ’09 appeared in the female version of The Odd Couple in the premiere season of the Foothills Community Players in Maryville, TN.
Winston Sullivan is in his second year as a full member of the Knoxville Opera Chorus. In Fall 2008 he sang in Romberg’s Student Prince and New Moon, in addition to the Halloween Spectacular. In the Spring of 2009 he sang Rigoletto and I Pagliacci.