A Summer of Opportunity

Andrew Symington, Brevard Music Center summer institute student

Sophomore Andrew Symington performing with the Brevard Music Center summer institute. Photo credit: Sarah Megyesy

by Public Relations

September 19, 2011

Cedarville University Department of Music and Worship allows students to excel in an area of study that they are passionate about while glorifying God every step of the way. While studying music in a classroom is essential to a student’s education, having the opportunity to put it into practice gives a students a different perspective on the way the world portrays and interprets the information they are fed. Professors at the University want the students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world, which is exactly what Kyle Schick and Andrew Symington set out to do.

Schick, a junior at Cedarville, had the opportunity to perform for Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was cast as a saxophone player in a high energy outdoor performance, performing six days a week. The opportunity to work with professional musicians allowed Schick to cultivate some of his own professional goals. His experience at Busch Gardens opened his eyes to the fact that Christians tend to neglect this field of music.

“I learned how much the arts community needs Christian performers,” said Schick. “Christians often underestimate what a profound influence the arts community has on the hearts and minds of our country.”

Symington, a sophomore at Cedarville, attended the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival in Brevard, North Carolina. Symington received private instruction from Dr. Jean Martin-Williams and Richard Deane. Symington was able to participate in an orchestra of more than 400 high school and college musicians from around the world. The group performed once or twice a week. Talented musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Matthias Bamert and Keith Lockhart made an appearance at some of the orchestra’s performances.

Symington came away from the Brevard Music Center with full confidence that God has equipped him for a career as a professional musician. “Throughout the summer, the love, omniscience, grace and sovereignty of God were made clearer to me” said Symington.

These students not only embraced the opportunity to enhance their musical abilities but they were able to see God work in their lives through their experiences.

Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.

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