Christian Schrock

Graduation date: May 2011 schock

Degree objective: Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance

University highlights, achievements and awards: Academic Dean’s List for six consecutive semesters, Honor Student, 2010 Presser Scholar, 2009 Paul W. Hagan Concerto Competition prize winner, member of the music society Pi Kappa Lambda, selected by audition to perform on the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Contemporary Music Festival Student Recitals.

High School: Home School

Hometown: Covington, IN

Family ties to ISU: None

I chose to attend ISU because... I came to ISU for a couple of reasons. First, I had met my private teacher before coming to ISU and wanted to continue my studies with him and to learn under the other high quality professors that ISU could offer. Secondly, I wanted to take advantage of the many opportunities to grow as a musician that only a school the size of ISU can offer. From weekly convocations to the Contemporary Music Festival to performing with the Concert Choir in Indianapolis to competing in the Concerto Competition as a freshman, ISU has provided me with performance opportunities that I would not have found at a larger school.

When I have free time, I like... I like to play spontaneous games of ping-pong and basketball with fellow students in the beautiful new Student Recreation Center. Since I was ten years old I have also enjoyed chatting with people locally and around the world using amateur (ham) radio. I also enjoy relaxing by playing church hymns on the piano.

My favorite places on campus to study are... I like to study in the listening library because of its lack of distractions and its location in the Fine Arts building.

My favorite professor is... Picking one professor to call my favorite is very difficult because it is obvious that all of the professors here at ISU have their students’ best interests at heart. Even in light of this fact, I still have to say that Dr. Fowler is my favorite professor. In lessons he is less interested in making me play something just his way than playing the piece musically. He is not only interested in helping me develop musically but also professionally. He has helped me make many important professional decisions. He seems less like a professor and more like a mentor.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with... If I had the chance I would love to be able to spend an afternoon with the world-renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma so that I could pick his brain about what it means to be a great musician.

If I knew I could not fail, I would... Start a youth symphony to allow other kids to make the same kind of memories that I made while I was a member of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony and have the same sense of accomplishment that I had when my youth symphony played original full-length works well. The experience of working with a group of other musicians and achieving a high level of excellence was very influential in my decision to study music. Because of this, I want to provide future generations with the same opportunity.

After graduation, I plan to... Study with Yehuda Hanani at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati for a Master of Music degree in cello performance to prepare myself for my long-term goals of becoming a private teacher and orchestral musician.

The one ISU experience I will always remember is/will be... I will always remember helping other students in music theory and history classes. The sense of accomplishment that I had when one of these students passed a class because of the tutoring that I gave them is something that will stick with me for the rest of my life. The ability to ask for and then give help is what makes the ISU experience so rewarding and fruitful.

If I knew then what I know now, I would… If I knew how much professors want to help their students when I first came to college I would have gone to my English teacher to get help on my first paper as he had suggested instead of going to him after I got the paper back with a C on it.

If I could serve as a mentor for future ISU music students, I would tell them/suggest that they… If I could give future ISU music students some advice I would tell them to take their academics seriously and to do the very best that they can. I would encourage them to maintain the highest possible standard of excellence. I would also advise them not to accept a low grade that resulted from a lack of preparation and continue on their way but rather to take a look at that grade and strive to do better. I would also tell them to not be afraid of asking for help from a professor. It may be scary at first but I can guarantee the professors at ISU are always very willing to help.