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Meet Christianna Barnard, the 2014-2015 Westminster Choir Blogger

Name: Christianna Barnard
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Sacred Music
Voice part: Freshly Converted Alto
Class Year: 2015

Professional plans after graduation: I hope to pursue a doctoral degree in musicology, and then a career in academia, public arts education, and professional choral singing.

Composers I admire: Hildegard von Bingen, Josquin des Prez, Michael Praetorius, J. S. Bach, Claude Debussy, Gustav Mahler, Béla Bartók, Benjamin Britten, Arvo Pärt, John Adams, and John Corigliano

Why Westminster: Because nothing is better than singing in choir every day with forty to two hundred of your closest friends.

Life outside of class: I tend to combine unequal parts studying, poetry-reading, taking walks in the nature preserve near my house, and laughing in unsuitable places at inappropriate times.

What's on my iPod: Works of the aforementioned composers, along with an eclectic mix of The Dresden Dolls, Tegan and Sara, Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Lambert, and the complete discography of Anonymous 4.

Favorite food: Fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil in any arrangement.

Last book read: The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

Last movie viewed: Serenity—I’m a bit of a Joss Whedon addict.

If you were trapped on a desert island, what would you like to have with you? The complete works of Virginia Woolf and the Brontë sisters, lots of music to sight read, and my miniature Frida Kahlo doll.

Favorite Westminster memory: Performing El Niño at Spoleto last summer was one of best experiences I’ve ever had.