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Amanda Boundy

In a nutshell, what do you do?
I recently transitioned from a performance career into the field of arts administration. At FCS, I execute the performance season for nine youth choirs and one adult symphonic chorus. I also help to manage the fundraising, outreach and marketing activities for the organization.
What are you working on right now?
We just completed our December performances that consisted of two youth concerts, one adult concert, three outreach performances and one fundraising event. This month we will begin preparing for three March concerts, which include a partnership with the Fairfax County Public Schools and a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams works in collaboration with the Amadeus Orchestra.
Why do you love what you do?
I get a thrill when FCS singers take the stage. This is especially true of our youth choruses. Music education and outreach have become my passion, and seeing the camaraderie that develops among these young singers really brings me back to why I love choral music. It is the team sport of singing and really creates a special community. Every year we ask our seniors to write about their experience with FCS so we can share it in the program of their final concert. Last season, a young singer wrote about how he planned to end his life, but attending choir rehearsals brought him back from that dark place. I love what I do because it is so important.
How did Albion help you get there?
I never would have become a singer, and then an arts administrator, if I did not attend Albion. Several professors in the Music Department saw something in me that I was not aware of as an 18-year-old first-year. The Music faculty offered me my first choral solo, first role in an opera, first time singing with an orchestra, first competition win, and even a couple of professional gigs. They were the first people who told me that music was not just a crazy dream, but a legitimate professional goal.
For me, Albion...
...is a place to discover who you are supposed to be.

Take It Further: Music Department, Anthropology and Sociology Department

Jennifer Trost

In a nutshell, what do you do?
I teach voice to undergraduate and graduate students; I also teach the song literature and opera literature courses. As part of my research, I am required to perform and so I do occasional opera roles and frequent recitals.
What are you working on right now?
In addition to my academic work, I am beginning to work on a new piece called “Beethoven’s Slippers,” which was recently composed for me by Judith Cloud. It’s a monodrama (one-woman show) lasting about 25 minutes and accompanied by piano and string quartet. I hope to do the world premiere in the fall of 2016 and then take it on tour. It will have modest staging and may even have projections of the librettist’s paintings as a backdrop. It will be very exciting to create this work from the ground up.
Why do you love what you do?
I find that it is fulfilling to be able to communicate universal emotions and experiences through song. I also enjoy singing in foreign languages and being exposed to other cultures, ways of thinking, and being exposed to exotic places and history. I like having to try to improve myself and my abilities on a day-to-day basis.
How did Albion help you get there?
Albion allowed me to explore all of my interests, to explore my potential and to develop into the person I am today. I started in biology and ended up in music. Through the mentoring and instruction of caring and talented faculty, I was able to grow and put aside my inhibitions and embark on a journey, which took me beyond my wildest dreams.
For me, Albion...
...was a life-altering experience. I stood at the fork in the road during a significant chapter in my life and I chose the road less taken, and to quote Robert Frost: “and that has made all the difference.”
Anything else you’d like to add?
I am grateful for the knowledge, experience and mentoring I received at Albion. It was a safe and nurturing environment for me. I discovered my passion for music and was inspired to stretch myself and see how far I could go. Who knew it would take me to foreign lands and introduce me to people and cultures I never dreamed of being exposed to!

Take It Further: More on Jennifer's career, Music Department, Education Department, Biology Department

David Wunderlich

In a nutshell, what do you do?
My main focus is acting; it’s what I love and what I came out here to do. However, this year, I’ve been involved on the other side of the camera as well. I started my own company, Break Free Productions, as a platform to create and cast myself in my own work. It’s been quite the learning curve, but incredibly rewarding as well.
What are you working on right now?
As I’m writing this, I just stepped off the set of General Hospital. I recur on that show as the bartender at the Metro Court Restaurant. I’m also currently in the process of submitting a short film I produced and starred in to various festivals locally, nationally and internationally. It’s something I’ve been working on with some colleagues for the past six months, and now the film is finally finished and we’re in the process of getting it out there and (hopefully) being recognized for our hard work. This film has taught me so much about the filmmaking process. I’ve been there every step of the way from inception to completion, and then some! It’s insane the amount of work it takes to get a movie made. I have a whole new appreciation now when I sit down and watch a film.
Why do you love what you do?
I’ve loved movies for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been fascinated by actors, too. I can remember as a kid watching the red carpet just to see the interviews of the actors and then changing the channel as soon as the awards started because I didn’t know any of the movies that were nominated! There was just always something so unique and authentic about actors and from a very young age it’s been a quality I’ve admired. And once I started acting, I knew why this quality exists in actors. Learning to be a better actor is learning to live a fuller life, plain and simple. Any reservations you have as an actor are the same reservations you have in your life, and learning to work through those is unbelievably rewarding.

It’s also because of the way films have affected my life. Films have the power to open your mind and your heart to something, or to bring clarity to a struggle you’ve been dealing with, and even to change the direction of your life. It’s happened to me so many times, and my hope is that I can someday return the favor, maybe help some kid realize his dream.
How did Albion help you get there?
I did my first play at Albion. Albion also gave me the opportunity to come out to LA and intern on the set of Cougar Town my junior year, and it was during that internship that I decided I was going to go all in and pursue acting as a career. If it weren’t for my four years at Albion, I might not even be out here right now. But, ultimately, the liberal arts education I received there has helped me more than I had ever imagined. I opened my mind through it, and nothing could be more helpful for a career in the arts. 
For me, Albion...
...is a place I'll always look back at and smile. The classes, the football games, the Greek life, and most importantly the friends, are some of the best memories I'll ever have.
Anything else you'd like to add?
The older I get, the more I realize, especially in this day and age, you can make money doing anything you want to! People are inventing new jobs every single day. Find what you love, whatever it is that you’d gladly do for free, and go make a living out of it. Don’t take the safe route, it’s not even guaranteed to be safe! So take a risk, do what you love and find a way to make money doing it. That’s what you got an education for, isn’t it? Use it!

Take It Further: David's IMDB profile, Communication Studies, Theatre

Connie Van Onselder

In a nutshell, what do you do?
I manage, direct and oversee all aspects of Keeneland’s cash management, financial reporting and other financial matters. This includes managing the finance staff, maintaining banking and other outside relationships, overseeing audit and tax reporting and presenting financial data to the Board of Directors.
What are you working on right now?
I am currently analyzing the financial impact of potential changes to a vendor contract as well as reviewing the daily profit-and-loss statement for our spring race meet.
Why do you love what you do?
There is no finer institution in the sport of Thoroughbred racing or Thoroughbred auctions in this country. The tradition, history and beauty that are Keeneland make it a wonderful place to come to work every day. I am also blessed to work with a superb senior management team that is collaborative and innovative while maintaining the long-standing traditions of giving back to the community and the Thoroughbred industry.
How did Albion help you get there?
A liberal arts education and Albion in particular taught me critical thinking. As a top financial officer, it is imperative that you know how to question and apply logic as well as manage people. Management is actually taught at Albion, something that I have seen fellow colleagues struggle with. Experience is essential in management, but having the basics in your head before you start and working through scenarios in a classroom setting definitely provide an advantage once you work past the “number crunching” positions.
For me, Albion ...
... encouraged independent and critical thinking, provided real-world internship opportunities that opened doors once I graduated, exposed me to topics and people that I had not been exposed to before, and introduced me to some of my closest lifelong friends.
Anything else you’d like to add?
So many schools today are concentrating on educating for the major and job. This may provide students with their first job, but the well-rounded liberal arts requirements are what will produce the leaders of tomorrow.

Take It Further: Connie featured in Io Triumphe! magazine (Spring-Summer 2013 issue), Economics and Management, Gerstacker Institute

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