I was incredibly intimidated as the only undergraduate in a seminar of mainly doctoral students.
There was a moment when we were all introducing ourselves and talking about our pieces. At some point, Richard Danielpour, the composition teacher, interjected and said to everyone,
“You know, when you applied for the program, I wasn't sure it would be good to have an undergraduate, and I still stand by that in principle, but I talked with the violin professor at CU and he vouched for you. It's clear you belong here."
I felt a newfound sense of confidence and resolve to work to be the best composer I could be.
Nelson Walker attended the Accedemia Chigiana in Summer 2019 to revise and compose an original composition in Siena, Italy. Listen to Nelson's Composition.