This is the blurb I had to write to be accepted into the program… lots of people ask me why I am going. This is a good summary.

I have always loved the French language. I studied French in high school, and spoke the language with my friends and in my workplace. I am proud to live in a country that has two official languages, and as a citizen of Canada, I feel it is my responsibility to be able to communicate in both of the official languages. It has been one of my goals in life to become fluent in French, and my participation in the Study Abroad program is a realization of this goal.

In a Chamber Choir tour to Europe in summer of 2004, I was privileged to spend 3 days in the beautiful city of Paris. It completely captivated me, and I was overcome with a desire to learn everything I could about the city. I strongly believe that if one is to truly be enriched by a culture, one must live among the people of the culture to learn their habits, the politics of the country, and the particularities of life in the culture. One must remain there until they have had a chance to experience the positive and negative aspects of the culture. It would be a great privilege to experience the Parisian culture in this way.

As a serious musician, art in general is fascinating to me. Unfortunately, the music student is not often given opportunity to study art apart from music. I think this is a large void in the music program in my university, so I am taking it upon myself to learn about as many aspects of art as I can. Composers and musicians were inspired by other artists and other forms of art, and vice versa. I believe that an increased knowledge of art history and practise will give me greater insight into interpretation and performance practise of the great composers’ pieces.

The Wells College Program for the Arts in Paris appeals to me because of the option to live with a French family, the emphasis on learning the language,and the broad range of art courses offered while in Paris. The programming seems quite pragmatic and integrative, and generally conducive to a complete experience of the Parisian culture. I believe that I have alot to bring to the program, and I expect my life will be profoundly enriched by the experience as well.

COUNTDOWN TO LANDING: 33 days, 6 hours, 30 minutes