Music's Lia Jensen-Abbott Explores Variations in Global Diabelli Project

Lia Jensen-Abbott, assistant professor of music, Albion College

Music professor Lia Jensen-Abbott

It's fascinating music trivia: one of Beethoven's greatest piano works, the Diabelli Variations, is Volume II, but Beethoven did not write, or even contribute to, Volume I. Some 200 years later, Albion College music professor Lia Jensen-Abbott—whose doctoral work focused on Beethoven's Variations—is now putting a new spin on Volume I, with an idea the creative genius of Beethoven could never have imagined.

Trip to Republic of Georgia Gives Briton Singers a Glimpse of Multiculturalism

Briton Singers in Republic of Georgia

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Albion College Professor and Director of Choral Activities Clayton Parr, '80, has long viewed the Republic of Georgia as something of a second home so when the chance was presented to take his Briton Singers, a 12-member a capella group, to the country in May to perform and learn about the culure, it was an opportunity not to be missed.

Ikpemesi Ogundare, ’20, Soars in Her Opera Pursuit

Pem Ogundare, '20

Pem Ogundare, '20
Her voice recently resonated through Goodrich Chapel during her junior recital, and this summer it will resonate in Europe—in particular, Austria. Ikpemesi Ogundare, '20, was accepted to the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies, or AIMS Graz, located in Graz, Austria. It is a world-renowned program designed to prepare individuals for a career as a music professional.

Josh McGarry, '19, Masters Music, Science, Tennis at Albion

Josh McGarry, '19

Josh McGarry, '19
"One thing can't be everything. You can't sacrifice what you are passionate about," says Josh McGarry, '19, a music performance major from Macomb, Mich., who is minoring in chemistry and kinesiology with a pre-med concentration. He also plays on the No. 1 court for the Albion men's tennis team. "I made time for academics, tennis and a social life," he continues. "My perspective has changed. Everything I do is stuff I enjoy. I'm not doing it because I have to."

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