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November 8, 2017

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Composition student Adam Rousey ’18 has been challenged and inspired in Asbury’s Music Department

WILMORE, Ky. — If you’re familiar with Asbury University’s Music Department, you already know about its widely-recognized Music Education program, rigorous performance emphasis and vibrant vocal and instrumental ensembles (involving hundreds of students from all majors). Here’s something you might not know: Asbury also offers a Composition/Arranging emphasis, equipping students to create music of their own.

Music Major Adam Rousey ’18 is one student who has honed creative and theoretical skills in the Music Composition/Arranging concentration. Having written for a variety of settings, from solo piano to vocal ensembles, Rousey says composition at Asbury has been a driver for academic and personal growth.   

“Composition has been a great avenue to learn how to express creativity, and the Music Department has been a place to learn and flourish, both musically and personally,” Rousey said. “Not only that, it’s an opportunity to bond with the community even more as I write pieces and work with other students to perform them.”

Outside the Music Department, Rousey says Asbury’s robust liberal arts curriculum has provided a depth and complexity that enriches his musical pursuits.

“At Asbury, I’m also exposed to classes like Biology and Psychology — there’s beauty and artistry there,” Rousey said. “You can explore that, and elements of that come into your music. You look at life, see that it’s beautiful, and try to capture that through your writing.” 

In addition to rigorous academic preparation, Rousey has deeply appreciated Asbury’s integration of faith and learning in the classroom.

“Faith and learning has always been such a breath of fresh air at Asbury,” Rousey said. “Here, you have genuine people of faith teaching you, regardless of the department. Dr. Vicki Bell always starts off class with prayer, which is really meaningful. She not only makes time for prayer; she makes time for us and our specific needs. That’s something that’s so good at Asbury. You get the academics, and you also get the faith.” 

Rousey’s compositions can be heard in performances on and off campus. On Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. one of Rousey’s pieces will be performed in a concert — free and open to the public — at Lexington Christian Academy. Titled “Lullaby Suite,” the piece is a two-movement, four-part a capella composition for mixed choir. 


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