Samuel Parrilla

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Major: Music education and Music Composition & Theory

Research project: I am composing a new work for wind ensemble.  I will be writing and scoring it while participating in the Cortona Sessions and soundSCAPE new music festivals in Italy.

Research mentor: Forrest Pierce

Q: What surprised you about doing research?

A: I was surprised by how diverse the possibilities for research are.


Q: What do you like most about your research?

A:  I like that it allows me to pursue activities, while subsidizing my time, that I would still be doing even if I didn't have the award.  It also feels rewarding to have my work be more associated with the university.


Q: What advice would you give to a friend wanting to get involved in research?

A: Apply for a UGRA!  You can learn what you don't know about research as you go.  That's what I'm doing.


Q: How do you spend your time when you're not doing research?

A: I read a lot.  I watch a lot of sports, too.