William J. Mitchell

William J. Mitchell
Biochemistry, Music
New Egypt, NJ
Improv Lab, University Chorus, Gen Bio TA, SLU Pre-Health Club, Track & Field, Tri Beta Biology Honors Society, Organic Chemistry Tutor, Ives Music Honors Society, ODK.


As a senior looking back at my four years at St. Lawrence University, I am forever grateful that I had the chance to double major in both biochemistry and music.  As a biochemistry undergraduate, I soon plan on attending dental school with hopes of running my own practice one day.  Before attending college, I was indifferent about either studying science or music.  St. Lawrence University influenced my decision by saying, “Hey, why not do both?”  Being said, I chose to pick up another major in music to take full advantage of my liberal arts education.  I have always loved and respected music, but never truly tested my potential until arriving at St. Lawrence.  I never pursued the opportunity to play with other musicians before college and am currently enrolled in both the Improv Lab ensemble and University Chorus. 

I continue to reflect on my time spent at college and am amazed at the development, knowledge, and confidence I gained as a musician & composer with each passing semester.  The music department faculty and staff are very supportive and phenomenal in every way.  Each professor challenges students differently by encouraging them to leave their comfort zone within the realm of playing or composing music.  In return, the student earns not only a broader musical knowledge, but also a more respectful talent as a performer or composer.  My all-time favorite music course was the Mozart and the Classical Tradition class where we engulfed ourselves in the letters of the Mozart family and analyzed how Wolfgang composed his legendary pieces.  My fondest memory from that course was dressing up in 18thcentury clothing with my partner, speaking in German accents, and putting on a presentation about Salzburg, Austria, which was Mozart’s hometown.  As I look forward to graduation, I not only have a goal to become a practicing dentist, but also a lifetime goal to continuously expand my musical knowledge and use it for the many years to come to help bring happiness to others, as well as, myself.