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Student Spotlight November 2012

“Yvonne is an outstanding student, is active in the composition and piano area, and serves on the Graduate Student Council. In addition to her musical accomplishments, Yvonne is a sparkly, energetic student that inspires her peers and faculty alike.”
- Dr. Krista Wallace-Boaz, Applied Music Studies


Yvonne Freckmann 1 

Yvonne Freckmann is a second-year music composition master's student at UofL, studying with Dr. Marc Satterwhite. In 2010, Yvonne received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and composition from Trinity University in San Antonio.





Awards, honors, publications:
I have attended many festivals and conferences, including the 10th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music, the Electrogals Festival in Portland, the Czech-American Summer Music Institute, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the Student National Conference of the Society of Composer, Inc. I was awarded the University of Louisville School of Music Bomhard Fellowship, the Trinity University Sanders Prize in Piano Pedagogy, and was named the Trinity University Hendricks Scholar.


Long-term goals/ aspirations:
My long-term goals as a professional musician include having my music performed and commissioned by professional ensembles, and actively building a network of collaborators around the country and world.  I plan to keep creating, performing and challenging myself to grow as an artist. In the short term, I am applying for a Fulbright grant to study in Germany after completing my study at UofL.


What accomplishment, academic or otherwise, are you most proud of?
One accomplishment that still remains very meaningful to me is when I was named a Trinity University Hendricks Scholar for my contributions to the university during my undergraduate career.  The music, art, and theatre departments each nominated a senior from their area, and in the end, the committee chose me.  The application process led me to reflect on my projects, collaborations and growth.


What was your favorite part of the graduate school experience?
A school is not a school without the people, and I think they are truly my favorite part.  The friends and colleagues I have met here are so caring and inspiring, and the professors here are passionate about what they do!  The New Music Festival and Grawemeyer winner visits, as well as the many master classes with established composers, are wonderful benefits.


What do you feel is the greatest challenge that graduate students face and how have you dealt with this challenge?
Graduate school is about narrowing your focus as much as possible, to gain real expertise, and I think that can be wonderful. But sometimes it would be great to reach out a bit and explore other studies. Since I have a liberal arts background I do miss studying other subjects.  I think attending workshops and reading on my own has helped with this.


Family life:
My family lives in Texas, but we keep in touch nearly every day.  I am dating one of my composition colleagues, Hong-Da Chin.

Fun Facts

A talent you have always wanted: Teleportation
Favorite book: Hard question! Fantasy books are my favorite.  
Favorite quote: “Creativity-like human life itself, begins in darkness.” - Julia Cameron
Role Model: My parents; SOLI Chamber Ensemble, in particular Dr. Carolyn True and Ms. Stephanie Key
If you weren’t in graduate school, what would you be doing now? Working to save money to go to graduate school. Thanks to the Bomhard Fellowship, I am in graduate school. Now.


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