Author Archives: Cresslyn DiRosa

About Cresslyn DiRosa

My name is Cresslyn DiRosa and I am in love with music. It is my life and one of the biggest reasons I get up in the morning. This is my freshman year at the University of Mount Union and I'm going for a degree in music education.

Favorite Part of Italy

Favorite Part of Italy

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I believe every person has his or her favorite part to each vacation. I just got back from Italy, and in my opinion, my favorite moment was singing in The Pantheon. It happened at the end of our choir tour in Rome, where we had spent almost three hours walking around, taking pictures and learning all about the city. Finally we came to The Pantheon and since Dr. Shearer had mentioned to the choir that we might perform an impromptu concert, we all went straight to him at the end of the tour to ask. He said to get into a big circle and choose a song to sing. We all agreed to sing “E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come.” As we began to sing, people started to stop and gather around us. You could feel all the eyes in the room watching us. I noticed a few people taking pictures and videos of us, which was a great feeling because people were actually enjoying watching us perform.

As we left, there was still that energy and intensity in myself that felt so amazing. A few people even stopped me before we left and told me that we sounded amazing and they really enjoyed hearing us. The experience was truly my favorite. Even though we did perform in three other churches while in Italy, this was my favorite performance and really inspired music in me to come out for the rest of the week.

I am adding a video that I had found of this performance and trust me, it sounds amazing, so please take a listen.

Ciao from Italy!!

Ciao from Italy!!

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Well was what the Mount Union Concert Choir was saying for a week in Italy on the 2011 Choir Tour. The choir spent five days in lovely Florence, Sienna, Rome, and Vatican City, the weather was beautiful, the food was amazing and of course of music sounds fantastic.

The trip began the day after Mother’s day in Cleveland-Hopkins airport,and may I just say an eight hour flight is a very long one. When we finally did land though, we took a three hour bus ride to Siena and had an entire day there full of walking and shopping and lots of eating. In my group, we had pizza at a small restaurant and it was really nice, but my favorite part of the day was going to The Duomo in Sienna. There was an amazing stairway on the side of this building and it was so fun to climb up. As we continued to walk around the city there were many small coves and stores that we found and had such a great first day.

Day one ended in Montecatini, which was were the choir spent two days. The city was very small and made it very easy for a some students to do some late night shopping. I will warn anyone who has never traveled over seas your bed may be a bit tiny and the temperature controls are in Celsius.

Be sure to keep checking for more stories of the trip to Italia and any stories from the choir

Experiences that College Students Have?

Experiences that College Students Have?

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Some people come to college thinking life is a party and I am here to enjoy it. Others believe that you are at college to find your career and then graduate. I however came to college hoping to gain experience, and so far after my first year I believe I have gained quiet a bit of experience. From things that I did with my friends to the classes I’ve taken as well as talking to my professors – I’ve gained a lot of experience and have learned so much.

My mom had always told me that my life is a puzzle, anytime something happens … I make a new friend, new boyfriend, have a dramatic day or anything for that matter … that they are all pieces of my puzzle. As my freshman year of college comes to an end I believe that I have gained a few puzzle pieces along the way. I began my Mount Union adventure when I went to marching band camp. The first night of being there I met my best friend and we are still best friends today. She is like my twin. We share so many stories, and I am so glad to have her in my life. As my first semester continued, I made many other friends. In fact, something that really popped out at me were that some of the guys I knew in marching band had a band of their own, Ram In the Bush. If you haven’t heard of them I would highly suggest listening to some of their music on Facebook or even coming to one of their live performances. They have just released a new CD and it actually has a full storyline behind the music and includes an orchestra. Anyone in the Mount Union community should really try and support this local band. Supporting local music is very important. So if you know someone who is in a band, go and listen to them because it really helps with everything the musical community is trying to accomplish. Also, if anyone is interested, I am adding a video of Ram in the Bush to this post. Please take a moment to listen.

I just also got back from my first choir tour – the amazing part was we spent it in … Italy!! This was the best investment I have made and I am so glad that the school gave me this opportunity to take such an amazing trip. Keep reading as I post more about the trip and any other stories I receive from the other members of the choir.

So if you are just beginning your college experience or are just about finishing it up, take everything you learned and experienced and add to your own puzzle. I truly hope that it turns out to be a masterpiece.

Finals

Finals

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I hope everyone does great on all of their finals. In my case, I actually have nine finals. And, with all of the classes I am taking it is lots of work especially at the end of the semester. When getting myself to study I like to watch a video and listen to music. This helps me focus and really gets me to work. I would like to share one of my favorite videos with everyone so that it may help you all with your studying and or if you need a “pick me up.” Enjoy. Hope this information may help all of you!!

Crazy times are ending

Crazy times are ending

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It has been a great and crazy semester. For me, it has been a very exhausting week. There have been many concerts and many recitals this semester that have included great talent. This past week included the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band featuring guest artist Bob Ferrel, two Concert Choir performances and an Alliance Symphony Orchestra performance featuring the Solo Con Tutti winners – Jenna Grant, Ally Oyster and Drew Duncan. Just within the last few days the Concert Band performed and trumpet, trombone and percussion ensembles had recitals. If you missed any of these amazing performances, I highly suggest trying to attend one next semester to see all of the amazing music making that goes on within the walls of Cope Music Hall.

If you are still interested in seeing a fantastic performance before the semester ends and graduation begins, stop by on Thursday, April 21 at 8 p.m. to see the Flute Choir perform. It will be a great recital, and if you go you will be very glad that you decided to attend. Hope to see everyone in Cope more often to hear all of the wonderful performances that take place every week.

The end

The end

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Not really for me, but maybe for others. The spring semester is coming to an end and many students are preparing to change, whether it is transferring to another school, graduating from Mount Union or just moving on to new classes. As for me, I am preparing to go into my second year as a music education major, and I am excited and very nervous.

Going back to the topic of this year … As the semester comes to a close and finals start to roll around and everyone starts to make sure that all of their grades are great (as all Mount Union students have), the stress starts to kick in. For me, it is a very big deal that my grades are great and that all of my finals go very well. Being in music, it is important that we pass our finals. If any student struggles in finals it doesn’t look very good when it is time for sophomore evaluations (which decide whether or not the students can continue in the major).So, all I am trying to say is enjoy the rest of the year. If you are a senior getting ready to graduate, good luck in the world. And, if you are thinking about coming to Mount Union, don’t let the thought of finals and stress scare you. Good luck to everyone else continuing at Mount Union and at other schools as well.

Spring sports

Spring sports

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Spring is here. The weather has taken a turn for the best, and students have started to leave there dorms in their best summer clothes. Also, with spring comes sports. As I sit here, a few friends of mine are playing ultimate frisbee outside of HP (Hoiles-Peterson Residence Hall), a game that combines frisbee and football. This game is also offered as a fall intramural sport, but they enjoy it the most with just a small group.

The spring weather has also brought other students out to play soccer, volleyball, baseball and my favorite … a toss and catch volleyball game that my friends and I have come to call Nuk’em.

I hope that if there is anyone out there that has not participated in a spring sport yet, that he or she get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather before the terrible Ohio winter returns!

Music

Music

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As I have mentioned in my previous blog posts, I am a music major. I love music and it is my life. The one thing that many people don’t know about music majors is our schedules. A music major has classes all day and they aren’t just classes that start at noon.  Actually, most classes have started before or by 10 in the morning. Another part to our schedule is recitals. We are required to attend and participate in a certain number of recitals every semester or our grades for lessons will go down. Being a freshman, I just completed my first recital performance and let me just say I was very nervous, but I played my bassoon piece well.

Even though our days start pretty early, that doesn’t mean we don’t go to bed early. In fact, many of the classes we take require practicing parts. Basic Musicianship is a class taken all through freshman and sophomore year and it requires a lot of practice. The class helps music students learn what they will need to be teaching or using in music.

If anyone ever has the chance, come over to Cope and hear some wonderful music. There are always recitals going on and there are many amazing musicians in this building!

Time to Return

Time to Return

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I’m preparing to head back to campus. It’s the end of spring break, and I am getting things ready back home to go back to school. The most difficult part for me is saying goodbye to my family. We are a close group and I hate not being able to see them every day and talk to them about things that go on in my life and their lives. Another difficult part is when I get back to school I have to be ready to jump right back into the swing of things. Tests and student recitals … speaking of which, if you have never attended a student recital in Cope music hall, I would suggest going. It is a chance to see fellow students perform. I have my first one this Tuesday, so if anyone is interested in hearing a bassoon, come on over to Cope at 10:30 a.m. Hope everyone is ready for the last half of this very long semester, and that it was a good week off for everyone.

Spring Break for Me

Spring Break for Me

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Wow. It’s spring break already. I wanted to relax and take a break from school work. Most students take this time to let everything from school escape them and sleep in. But, me on the other hand, I have gotten up early every day and have gone to elementary schools in my area to observe a music teacher. Being an education major, I am required to observe a teacher for 30 hours. I don’t have enough time in my regular schedule so I’m doing it during spring break. It actually has been quite enjoyable seeing all of the students and being back in a teaching position. Doing this really makes me very excited to teach.

The last part of my spring break will be like other students’, but for the week I’m going to go to school and teach music. Hope everyone else is having a great spring break and comes back to school all refreshed and ready for the last half of the semester.