“I’m a voice major, a lyric soprano. It’s one of my concentrations. The other concentration I created is called ‘World Viewpoints.’ It’s a combination of anthropology and photography, which both deal with our view of the world. Anthropology allows me to embrace my love for culture and history, specifically my own family history. Everyone is affected differently by the places they come from, but for me, it’s a huge part of who I am.
My thesis deals with the relationship between music and culture, particularly Adirondack culture. I plan to look at the culture and the songs that have emerged from the Adirondacks. I am fascinated by the songs, but I also want to know more about the people who wrote and sang them. They were incredible individuals; they lived through so much and contributed so much. I think it’s important to study their music, where it came from, and record a comprehensive history of the music and the people who created it so that neither is forgotten.”
• Bel Piacere, an Italian Aria by Handel
Where are they now? Brianna graduated in 2011. She spent last year studying abroad in New Zealand, where she met the love of her life. Her thesis documents and helps to preserve traditional Adirondack folk music.