Peterson Scholar: Crystal Golden

2016, Music, BM

Masters Candidate in Vocal Performance at Mason

“The Peterson Endowment in Vocal Arts has made it possible for me to attend the program that met all my criteria. Because of this generous gift, I can pursue the vocal education I need for the success of my career, and I can continue to serve at a university that has given me so much. I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity, and I intend to show it through diligent work and continued service to GMU and to the community.

During my time at Mason, I was given the opportunity to compete in several competitions through VA-State and Mid-Atlantic Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), The National Society of Arts and Letters, and Friday Morning Music Club. I was able to travel to Italy for the Amalfi Coast Music Festival three times to perform major roles in the operas. I was also selected to participate in the Oxford Semester study abroad program at University of Oxford.

The defining factor of my time at Mason was the overwhelming support I received from faculty and from the Fairfax community. My achievements were made possible because of the vocal instruction and mentorship I received from Professor Patricia Miller, the artistic team that surrounds me in and out of the vocal studio, the well-rounded music education I received from a world-class faculty, and the superior education standards at GMU.”