Getting Involved in Music on Campus with Noah

Segment #1 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Okay, meet Noah, a sophomore majoring in nuclear engineering with a music minor. When he learned about RPI’s music program, he was hooked. In addition to playing music in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Noah also gets to use RPI’s high tech recording studio to create songs. Take it away, Noah.

– Thanks, Alex. Hi everybody. When I was looking for colleges, I was overwhelmed with the sheer volume of options. I had no idea which school would be best for me. RPI really stood out when I saw its amazing Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, also called EMPAC, on campus. Music has always been a big part of my life, so when I found out that RPI has a large music program as well as an interesting engineering program, I was hooked. That’s why I enrolled in their orchestra and started down the path of a music minor. In addition to my main engineering courses, I have been able to express myself creatively through classes like the Songwriting Workshop, where I got help writing original music from a great professor who’s a former rock star. Additionally, I’ve been able to play for the RPI Symphonic Orchestra in EMPAC, one of the most acoustically sound auditoriums in the entire nation. There are also great music clubs at RPI, such as the Audio Makers Club where I can talk with other music makers just like myself and collaborate together with them on new music. The club holds weekly recording sessions where you can record audio to use in your own songs. This year I’ll be taking the class Song Recording and Production, where I get to work in a recording studio independently as a lab space and develop my music creation process even more. And the best part, I get to experience all of this on top of becoming a nuclear engineer. Being a sophomore, I still have lots of experiences left ahead of me and I can’t wait to see what more RPI has in store. Back to you, Alex.

– Wow, Noah, that’s incredible that you get to play in this symphonic orchestra in one of the most acoustically sound concert halls in the entire world. RPI’s music program allows students to combine their love of music with science, media and engineering. RPI is an all-Steinway school, and its orchestra has even performed at Carnegie Hall. Incredible. Thank you, Noah.

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