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Dane Madrigal '17 Featured in the OCRegister
Dane Madrigal '17 Featured in the OCRegister

Courtesy of the OCRegister
By Heide Janssen

We asked graduating high school seniors to share with us their post-graduation plans for the fall.

We heard from 172 vocal music students. Some plan to go to work and some are taking a gap year, but most are off to college, to study everything from vocal performance to business to neuroscience.

We've listed them by the school they will attend, including their major and minor fields of study, statements about how the arts have influenced their plans, and their reason for choosing the institute they'll be headed to. $ = scholarship received

Dane Madrigal, Servite High School- Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey

Major: music education and sacred music, $

Why this school? I ultimately committed to this institution over the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School because of three factors. The first and foremost being the family atmosphere that Westminster offers. The next best trait for this school is the numerous performance opportunities in cultural centers, while still having the isolationism of being in Princeton. Besides this, Westminster also has the five-year master's program and dual degree programs that I was looking for in an institution.

How have the arts influenced you? The arts have always been a huge portion of life since they have basically take up all of my high school career. I started with choir and theater and did well in both. But it was in music that I found my true passion for life and the majesty that is in it. The art of music is the sound of creation. It is the crashing sea and the morning dove. Music is our common language and music lifts our hearts above.

Art, more specifically music, has given me a transcendent reality that goes beyond the turmoil of the modern world and has shown me truth, beauty, and knowledge that is beyond human measure, of which, I plan to dedicate the rest of life sharing this with the rest of the world. I hope that it will be in both performance and education, but art has shaped my future by calling me. Art has informed what I plan to study in the future because I see no other future than the glory that is music.

What else? I thank my God and my family for every opportunity and blessing that life gives.