As a double major at St. Lawrence, Ms. Hoffman decided to go to SLU's Vienna program to study Music and History. This experience helped her discover "who I really am, and what I am capable of."
"This current year, my senior year, I will be living in a new theme house on campus called The Annex. This theme house is for students who participate in, or are majoring in, Music and the Performing Arts. I mostly play Viola and Piano nowadays, but I can play various other instruments including percussion, woodwinds, and other string instruments."
Austen came to St. Lawrence University (SLU) with a preconceived notion of what music is and what it meant to her. The Music Department at SLU has helped her to see that "there is more to music than what you listen to or the act of playing notes on a page." The department has taught her "to have confidence in the music I produce, whether written or played. Through close relationships with my advisor Dr. In-Sil Yoo, and other professors on the faculty, I have come to realize my potential in music -- that the music I create inside and outside the classroom is something to be proud of."
"Following graduation, I am hoping to get a Masters or Ph.D in Musicology. I have a specific interest in Music History of Vienna, Austria, from the Classical through the Romantic Periods (the time of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, etc.)."