— Larry Brownlee BA ‘96
world renowned bel canto tenor
When I was a foreign exchange student at Daleville High School, I came to campus each week to take piano lessons from Dr. [Randy] Frieling. I remember attending the opera Little Women and being so impressed with the quality of the music and the ability of the students. Later, as I prepared for college, I didn’t consider any school but Anderson. My dream is to teach and perform in a place where I might also use my language skills — Korean, English, and French.
Looking back on my years at AU, I only wish I had had the opportunity to play in front of an audience in the kind of professional setting that I’ll encounter in my career. When prospective students come in and we show them around our classrooms, sometimes they ask, ‘Where do you do recitals?’ We say, ‘Right here.’ The rooms, with their chalkboards and folding chairs, have to do double duty.
Graduate student at Columbia University