Serious about music
"Trumpet is the main instrument I use to express my passion. It's become an important part of me. When I graduate, I want to pass what I feel about music on to other people."
Mislav Forrester '13, music education
Update: After graduation, Mislav will interview for music teaching jobs. He also plans to start a trumpet studio and teach private lessons.
"I've been playing trumpet since fourth grade, and music has always been a passion of mine. I wanted to look at being a music major, but music performance is just too risky. My teacher at home said, 'That's like playing the lottery,' and I don't play the lottery. I think that a degree in education is more likely to land me a job in today's environment. So, I decided to pursue music education, and my high school guidance counselor recommended Bucknell.
"I came to campus in February to audition and was really impressed by the new faculty in the music department — people like (professors) Bridget Sweet and Barry Long. At the audition, you have to show proficiency on your primary instrument, which for me is the trumpet. I came in and performed a couple pieces — movements of the Hindemith Sonata and the Haydn Concerto for Trumpet.
"When I graduate, I want to pass what I feel about music on to other people. I'm thinking probably of a high school setting where people are secure enough about themselves that, if they're doing music, they're serious about it. I want to be serious about it. Serious people communicating with serious people would be a good relationship."
"I'm in a lot of groups — the Symphonic Band, the Jazz Ensemble, the Bucknell Improv Intensive Ensemble, where you basically make music out of anything — your instrument, body, or whatever you can find in the room. It's very experimental and nothing like anything I've done before. I really enjoy that. It's a totally different kind of freedom of expression. And then I'm in the Gamelan Ensemble — the Indonesian music aspect is also very different. I think I'll also want to audition for Orchestra next year.
"I go out to hear a lot of music on campus. Friday night I had a Jazz Ensemble performance. Saturday there was a student recital in the middle of the day, and then there was an orchestra concert which featured a professional violinist at night. Then, on Sunday, there was a choir chorale. There were four musical opportunities in the span of three days. That's pretty good. I really appreciate how often we have musicians visiting and performing; it creates an energetic environment."
Mislav is from Swarthmore, Pa.Posted Feb. 1, 2010