SHARON MANSUR, Dance Artist, UMD Assistant Professor, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
This is the moment when I knew I wanted to dance for the rest of my life: My high school boyfriend’s mother, Susan Dowling, was the executive producer for dance programming at public television station WGBH in Boston.
I wanted to … needed to … HAD to experience that intimate and compelling mingling of art and life.
SHERI PARKS, UMD Professor of American Studies
At first, I was not even looking. I was just a little kid at her teenaged sister’s school performance, playing with some toy in my lap, when I felt the air go still. It was 1968, the end of segregated education in Asheville, North Carolina. My sister’s class would soon move from their all-black school to the much bigger, all-city white school, leaving behind a safe and caring community to go to a place that did not want them.
DAVID DICKEY, BM in Oboe Performance, BA in Vocal Performance, UMD School of Music
It was the summer of my senior year of high school. I was at the Eastern Music Festival, playing the second oboe part in Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, which I had never heard done before, which is stupid because it’s such a staple, such an amazing work. So the first time I was hearing the piece was as I was playing it.
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