Emily Dunlap from Old Town, Maine is a rising fourth-year music education student with an instrumental concentration. She is also in Honors College. Dunlap received the Thomas E. Lynch Honors Fellowship, was recognized as a James S. Stevens Outstanding Junior, and is a former member of Macy’s 2021 Great American Alumni Marching Band. Besides academics, she is involved in a wide variety of extracurricular programs, including UMaine UVote and the college chapter of the National Association for Music Educators. In the fall of 2020, she was part of an externship program with her old college where she taught free online Zoom classes — an experience she says made her realize the level she wanted to teach in. his future. After graduation, Dunlap plans to apply for a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in musicology or begin her teaching career.

Why did you choose to come to UMaine?
I chose to come to UMaine because it has accompanied me all my life growing up in the old town. Both of my parents are college alumni, and they have a wonderful and supportive group of teachers and colleagues at the School of Performing Arts.

What difference has UMaine made in your life and how has it helped you achieve your goals?
UMaine has helped me grow not only as a person, but also as a leader in my own community. My professors and colleagues have shown a level of support that I haven’t seen anywhere else, and that makes attending the University of Maine all the more worthwhile. If I didn’t have that kind of support, I don’t know if I would be where I am today.

Was there a particular initiative, program, or set of resources that helped you succeed at UMaine?
For me, one program that helped me succeed here at UMaine was the Honors College. The program has helped me see myself in a different light, as well as be curious about the world around me and how I can apply those curiosities to my music career.

Did you work with a teacher or mentor who enhanced your UMaine experience?
When I think of a teacher who has enhanced my experience at UMaine, the first person that comes to mind is my clarinet teacher and thesis supervisor, Beth Wiemann. Not only has she helped me a lot in improving my clarinet craft, but she also sets the bar high when it comes to organizing and mastering my work.

Do you have any advice for incoming students to help them get off to the best start in school?
I have a lot of advice that I could put here, but the most important one I can think of is this: don’t hesitate to contact your professors or colleagues if you ever need help (even if it’s not not academic)! I have been blessed to have such incredible support in all facets of the School of Performing Arts.

Contact: Hope Carroll, [email protected]