WORCESTER, Mass. – Bethany Collier, a member of the Holy Cross Class of 2000, from Pittsfield, Maine, has been selected as the 1999-2000 Fenwick Scholar. This is the highest academic honor bestowed on a student at Holy Cross.
Students selected as Fenwick Scholars design a program of independent study and research, with the consultation of one or more faculty members, to be conducted during their fourth year at Holy Cross. At the end of the academic year, the Fenwick Scholar makes a public presentation to showcase the project.
Collier’s project is entitled “Exploring Vocal Styles in Balinese Music: A Study of Music as Culture.” Recognizing a significant gap in the ethnomusical study of Balinese music, she will focus her research on vocal styles and the interaction between voice and instruments in Indonesian gamelan music.
A music major, she plans to travel to Bali this summer to interview performance artists and village spectators about the functions of various vocal styles in ceremony and song, carefully observing temple ceremonies and instrumental technique.
Her research will culminate with the production of an enhanced compact disc, the writing of a thesis, and the presentation of her research in Spring 2000.
The award is named in honor of the late Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick, S.J., the founder of Holy Cross.
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