Congratulations to Alix Bigley, a second-year graduate student in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, who has been named a 2014-15 Classical Music Student Ambassador.
Originally from Tarpon Springs, Florida, Alix received her bachelor’s degree in voice performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. She is the daughter of Scott Bigley and Rebecca Shaffer. As a new student ambassador, Alix is looking forward to hosting “events that excite and educate students from all academic areas about classical music” and she also wants to include other student musicians in these events. The outlet for personal creativity is one of the most exciting aspects of the program for her. “It is exciting to shape a brand new program along with other talented students!”
She is currently a voice student of Ted Christopher.
The Classical Music Project Student Ambassador Program was developed in fall 2014 as a partnership between the Center for the Performing Arts and the School of Music. Classical Music Student Ambassadors—selected for their musicianship, leadership, and commitment to music advocacy—are provided with residency training and are charged with creating and implementing student-centered engagement and music advocacy programs. The work of the ambassadors is supported in part through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The program is based on the principle of “students-engaging-students,” and will be used to train student musicians to become strong arts advocates and future community-engaged leaders. The ambassadors’ objective is to bring live classical music into the fabric of student life and the community by coordinating activities such as dorm concerts, performances in non-traditional venues, and “informational performances” in both general education music classes and non-music classes. They are also tasked with generating enthusiasm for classical music and drawing attention to upcoming Classical Music Project programs offered by the Center for the Performing Arts.