Making Beautiful Music
The opportunity to perform with an exceptional orchestra while not being a music major was the attraction of Concordia for Katelyn James, Fargo, N.D.
“It’s pretty much unheard of for a student to be able to participate in an orchestra like this one and also be involved with a baccalaureate program like nursing,” says James. “I believe Concordia is the only college around in which this happens.”
James believes the nursing program actually encourages students to pursue their extracurricular passions.
“In order to do both, we learn time management skills very quickly,” says James. “We develop perspective and how to perform at your best under pressure. So yeah, playing cello in the orchestra is actually pretty good training for a nurse.”
While nursing is important as her future career, James says some of her best memories at college come from playing in the orchestra.
“Playing in the Christmas concert, doing a concert tour of Europe and traveling on a May Seminar Abroad are once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” she says.
“These are part of an education that is unique to Concordia. I think other students would greatly benefit from playing in a high quality music program while also being professionally prepared as a nurse.”