Up-and-coming artist sings NSCC's praises

Up-and-coming artist sings NSCC's praises

Student awards enhanced Laura Roy’s learning in unexpected - and joyful - ways.

Working with students in some of the other programs at NSCC was great. We tapped into each other's expertise. Music students would often work with students in Recording Arts, Photography and Screen Arts.

Fast Fact

Laura says one highlight of the Music Arts program was arranging a composition for a string quartet in her second year and then hearing an actual quartet play it.

Laura Roy’s interests couldn’t have been more diverse when it came time to choose a path for her post-secondary studies. “I was trying to decide between taking marine biology at a Halifax university and enrolling in the Music Arts program at NSCC’s Waterfront Campus. I decided to go with music because it’s my passion, and I’m glad I did. ”

Just 14 when she picked up a guitar for the first time, the Canning, NS native had taken lessons, but not formal training, before entering the program.  "It was a challenging course. But the instructors were very supportive, I made great connections and I came out of that program with the confidence and skills to be a professional freelance musician."

Such was her confidence that, before starting her second year, Laura went to Ghana where she collaborated with musicians and taught a music class at an orphanage. "It was an incredible experience to travel and to be able to use what I learned during my first year to benefit others.”

The trip was made possible in part thanks to financial support she received through a Garfield Weston Merit Scholarship.  At graduation, she was given an additional award through the NSCC Foundation - the Don & Jean Worsley Music Excellence Award.

Laura has continued to pursue her passion since graduating. She’s released a single, High Road, on iTunes, she participated in a songwriter's camp hosted by Gordie Sampson, and she's gigging with bands on weekends.

”The great thing about the music community in Halifax is that it is very supportive. People will go out of their way to assist you in any way they can, and I think that will help me build my career.”

10/10/12

Working with students in some of the other programs at NSCC was great. We tapped into each other's expertise. Music students would often work with students in Recording Arts, Photography and Screen Arts.

Fast Fact

Laura says one highlight of the Music Arts program was arranging a composition for a string quartet in her second year and then hearing an actual quartet play it.

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