Anna Blauw

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Hometown

Maple Grove, Minnesota

SCHOLARSHIPS I RECEIVED

  • Music Activity Scholarship
  • Marcia Roskamp Verbrugge Music Scholarship
  • Alumni Association Scholarship
  • Anne Heynes De Beer Music Education Scholarship

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS

BJ Haan Auditorium

FAVORITE CLASS

MUS 313 - Choral Music Education with Professor Smit!

A CONCEPT THAT BLEW MY MIND

In Contemporary Music Theory and Literature we learned about 12-tone rows and how to construct a row matrix to use in contemporary composition. It blew my mind how even music that doesn't sound how we would expect can have such careful planning and structure behind it.

COOL THINGS I DID AT DORDT

As a member of the Concert Choir and the Chamber Orchestra, I had the opportunity to travel and share music across the county, country, and world. I love the experience of bringing music to so many different people and ultimately sharing the message of Christ with all of them. While are on tour we stay with host families in their homes. This is an amazing chance to connect with the broader Dordt community and get to learn a little bit more about the culture of the place where we perform and stay. When I went to the Netherlands with the choir last June, one of our host families took us on a bike tour of their town and it was amazing to see a personal side to a country that holds so much heritage for me.

OBSTACLES I'VE OVERCOME

Dordt has helped me overcome a fear of heading into the unknown. My freshman year I went on PLIA over spring break and I was so scared to spend a week far away from the familiar, with people I had just met. Because of this experience, and the people that I met, I understand the beauty of putting myself into situations that are out of my comfort zone and getting to know people that have different interests than me.

WHO I WAS WHEN I CAME TO DORDT

When I first got to Dordt I was very shy and not sure of who I was, independent of the people and places I grew up in. I had an idea of who I wanted to be, but I spent a lot of time thinking about who the people around me said I should be, rather than who God wanted me to be.

HOW DORDT IMPACTED ME

My experience at Dordt has helped me understand how the faith that I grew up with is my own. God has shown me his faithfulness during my time at Dordt and I am so thankful that I got to spend the last four years at a place where I was able and encouraged to grow my relationship with God.

WHAT'S NEXT

I am hoping to go on to get my master’s in harp performance.

WHAT I WOULD TELL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

I would tell students considering Dordt to ask lots of questions. Talk to the professors and students that you meet and ask why they recommend it. Ask about your intended major, find out about dorm life, and most importantly, find out how you can grow emotionally and spiritually. Find out if Dordt is the place that will be right for you.

HOW DORDT has HELPED ME DO MORE

The community at Dordt, specifically the professors who have taught me and the friends I have made, have helped me grow in my knowledge of my field, my understanding of myself, and in my knowledge and love of the Lord.