Washington State University senior biology and music double major and future veterinarian Thomas LeClair is the 2020 recipient of a prestigious, nationally competitive Fulbright Student Award that will fund his master’s degree studies in marine biology in Bangor, Wales.
This fall, he will travel to Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences to pursue his Fulbright topic, “Investigating Anthropogenic Effects on Cetacean Populations.” That is, the effect humans are having on marine ecology, specifically dolphins and whales. His program calls for nine months of master’s-level coursework and three months of research.
“As varied effects of anthropogenic changes have already begun to take their toll on the seas, it is imperative that we gain a deeper understanding of both our relationship with the environment and what steps we must take to mitigate these existing human-made changes,” he wrote in his application.
Thanks to the Fulbright, LeClair can also pursue additional learning experiences.
“I’ll be able to gain the skills and knowledge I’ll need to succeed while satisfying both my practical penchant for science and my passion for music.”
Timothy Schrader of Blaine, Washington, a first-year student at Washington State University majoring in tuba performance and music education, recently placed second in the 2020 Music Teachers National Association Senior Brass Division Competition on April 13.
He was one of five finalists from a national pool of applicants for the online competition. Timothy performed an impressive program of music originally written for tuba as well as transcriptions. Major repertoire included Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto and the Fantasy for Tuba by Malcolm Arnold.
“This is an enormous accomplishment for this up-and-coming performer,” said Chris Dickey, clinical associate professor of music at WSU. “As Timothy’s private teacher, I am so proud of what he has done. I knew he would do well because of his constant devotion to tuba and music making. He is most deserving of this honor.”
As many artists have done in the face of crisis, Joel Roeber, a songwriter and music student at Washington State University, turned to his art as a way to process his thoughts and feelings about the coronavirus pandemic and to help others cope.
Roeber’s new composition, “Crown of Fear,” is a gently unfolding instrumental jazz tune written in response to the anxiety and hardship brought by the virus. He also named the song in reference to the virus – “corona” means “crown” in Spanish and Latin.
Roeber, a senior from Spokane, Washington, performed “Crown of Fear” during a recent Songwriter’s Roundtable, hosted online by his teacher and mentor, WSU music instructor Gabe Condon. Seven other WSU student musicians also presented their original compositions and joined Condon and fellow music faculty member Horace Alexander Young in providing feedback about everything from lyrics and chord progression to marketing potential.
The Pan Pacific Ensemble’s debut album “Feng” has been listed as one of the top 10 classical recordings of 2019 by The Daffodil Perspective.
Washington State University School of Music faculty members Martin King (horn), Keri E. McCarthy (oboe), Shannon Scott (clarinet), and Sophia Tegart (flute) make up the Pan Pacific Ensemble along with bassoonist Michael Garza (Principal Bassoon, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra).
“Feng” was initially funded by a WSU New Faculty Seed Grant and was recorded in the WSU Recording Studio.
The album contains works by Asian and Asian-American composers, several of which were newly commissioned for the Pan Pacific Ensemble.