"To be able to compose at the highest level, where my music could reach the most people, would be a dream come true."

Jonathan DelToro

"I believe music is a means to helping people. It's a medium that almost anyone can relate to or understand on some level. That's why I decided I wanted to study music in college. The problem was that I'd learned to play instruments by ear, by watching my parents. I couldn't read music, and most schools required auditions for enrolling in their music programs.

"Bucknell allowed me to come in undecided and declare my major at the end of my sophomore year. I used those first two years to practice piano and learn to read music. Now I compose mainly classical music, and I've evolved my style to include electronics, acoustic music and songwriting. I've even composed the score for a documentary by my friend Diego Chiri '12.

"In Fall 2012, I'll study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. I've always wanted to be part of a giant musical community. I want to work in the music industry as a professional composer, sound designer and musician. To be able to compose at the highest level, where my music could reach the most people, would be a dream come true."

Jonathan is from Manassas, Va.

Posted March 27, 2012
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