Your favorite...

Marty Erickson! Not only is he a musician of the highest caliber, he also cares deeply about the well-being of Lawrence students, especially in the Conservatory.

I would have to say Introduction to Film Studies. There’s something uniquely gratifying about learning how cinema came to exist, learning basic techniques, and then applying them to create an original work.

SLUG Hill. No contest. There is no other single place on campus where you can take a nap, practice an instrument, do an intense aerobic workout, watch the river, and climb trees (this is pretty much a list of my favorite activities).

I love when during early spring the snow melts and collects in huge puddles on the main lawn. The color palette of dark green, dark grey, and white is really appealing.

It’s hard to say. There are so many little moments that I really cherish, like the first time I saw pelicans fly over campus. If I had to pick a big moment, it would probably be when we played Lincolnshire Posy in Wind Ensemble this year.

What are you studying? Why are you studying this?Cole Foster

I currently study Euphonium Performance. Euphonium has allowed me to express the inexpressible through music. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without it.

How have you benefited from donors while you are at LU?

My mom, a single parent, always stressed the importance of a liberal arts education. When I got into playing euphonium and decided I wanted to pursue it in college, Lawrence came up as a very rare combination of top notch music instruction and liberal arts emphasis. However, I would not be able to attend Lawrence without the contributions made by donors. I truly owe everything I have here to them.

What experiences do you think you’re getting at LU that some of your friends at other schools don’t?

Top level music instruction with extra emphasis on being a good person as well as a good musician.

What are your plans after Lawrence? And how is Lawrence helping you get here?

First I’d like to get my Master’s degree. The high expectations for student professionalism, musicality, and technique, as well as conducting, pedagogical, and teaching experience are all things which will be incredibly valuable in getting accepted to a program and excelling within it.

How has being a student at Lawrence impacted you?

This might sound cliché, but it’s just made me grow up. Since I got here, I’ve become more efficient, empathetic, and motivated to pursue things I’m passionate about.