Student and Alumni Spotlights for the Music Program

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Tory, Music Ministries Major
Tory Senete

Micheal, Music Ministries Major
Micheal Justin Hall

Abigail, Music Ministries Major
Abigail Crumley

Nicole, Paino Major
Nicole Nutting

Victoria, Musical Theatre
Victoria Jelstrom

Tory Senete, Music Ministries Major

Name: Tory Senete
Major/Minor: Music Ministries Major, Vocal emphasis
Hometown: Brookfield, Connecticut
Fact: I go to the auto races every Saturday night during the summer!

I chose to come to Belhaven University because... it just clicked.  The music faculty walked into the Center for the Arts where I was waiting for an audition, and it's hard to describe, but I just knew that Belhaven was where I was supposed to be.  I knew before I even auditioned or met any of them.  It was truly an answer to prayer because I needed that confirmation to come as far away from home as I have.

One relationship that has meant a lot to me while attending Belhaven University is... that of my music theory teacher, Dr. Sauerwein.  I started his classes not knowing anything about music theory except that it's a subject most music students dread, and he really transformed that for me.  His door was always open for me to ask any question I wanted, and that was one of the most important things I wanted in a college—I wanted to be able to learn as a person, not a number.  By my final semester in theory, he asked me (with a twinkle in his eye, I might add) if I was "actually starting to like the stuff!?" I couldn't say no, because he had not only taught me music theory, he had also unlocked a love and respect for that aspect of music.

Because of my degree from Belhaven University… I have the options of performing in various venues, cutting a CD, conducting a choir, teaching private voice lessons, missions work through the arts, and/or teaching music classes.  There are so many different fields that need educated musicians—especially churches and volunteer organizations.  I never want to stop performing, but because of what I've learned in my music classes, I also feel obligated to give back through teaching. I'd like to be able to prepare students to use the full capacity of their gifts in ways that I wasn't privileged to experience before coming here—and Belhaven has taught me how to do that.

One word to describe your experience at Belhaven: Warm.

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