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Senior is a leader in Music Department

Griffin Sargent is one student who knows how to rise to the occasion when the spotlight shines.

The 21-year-old senior from Riverhead recently made a grand entrance when playing violin with the University Symphony Orchestra at the Spooky Sounds
Children’s Concert. Sargent, dressed as a ghoul, was wheeled out in a closed coffin during the final song.

“They lifted the lid and I stood up all rigid and zombie-ish and started my solo,” he said. “That was probably the funnest concert I’ve ever done here.”

Sargent is no stranger to the stage. He’s played violin on campus for four years, having won the Concerto and Aria Competition last year for the instrument, and is the Music Department’s recipient of the Janet Brady Memorial Scholarship.

Sargent is a versatile musician: He also plays bass, guitar and drums and has formed a seven-piece rock band called Mr. Uncle’s Mustache that incorporates the violin and cello.

Janey Choi, a violin instructor in the Music Department, said Sargent has emerged as a leader in the department.

“Over his four years here, he has progressed impressively not only technically, but musically,” Choi said. “His strong presence and commitment is felt in every performing group with which he works, but I think above all, it is his warm personality and sense of humor that make him such a great addition to our program.”

Sargent, who is a double major in physics and mathematics, spends mornings in class, afternoons as a tutor in the College-in-the-Woods Discovery Center and evenings working on music.

He hopes to use his math skills after graduation as an actuary, but says music will always be part of his life.

“I’m happy with my progress on the violin through the Music Department,” he said. “I think I’ve gotten

10 times better than when I came in. The department really helps to nurture your talents.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08