Jenna Seubarran is more than your typical Biology student. While others may see this discipline as just the study of life, Jenna can see music intertwined throughout everything she does.
What year are you and what is your intended major?
I am a senior this year and my majors are Biology and Music, with a focus in Viola and Voice, and a Chemistry minor.
What part of the music department are you in and what all do you do?
I am a part of the PC Chamber Orchestra, as Principal Violist. I am also a part of the percussion ensemble and the instruments vary per piece but it is always something fun! I take voice lessons with Dr. Christian Elser, as a soprano singer. I am a part of the PC chamber ensemble, which also varies year to year. I have played viola in quartets, as well as violin in a trio. I will be playing violin in the Chamber Ensemble this semester.
What is it like being in that department?
It is always busy, yet fun being a part of the music department. There is also always something to be done, whether it is practicing, going to lessons, or numerous rehearsals.
What other organizations on campus besides music are you involved in?
I work at Springs gym and I am also a part of the Biology department at the school.
How long have you been involved in music or what has been your history with music? How long have you played your instrument or sang, and what made you want to start?
I have been singing since I could speak, but began singing in a choral setting in Kindergarten. This means I have been singing for 17 years now. I began playing viola in the 4th grade, so I am going on my 13th year of playing viola. I started playing with the after school program A.R.M.E.S at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC.
How has music played a role in your life and why is it important to you?
Music has always been one of the most important things to me. It is my safe and happy place. The one thing I can listen to or play and it just makes all my problems disappear in that moment. Music has brought me to my boyfriend, as well as some of my best friends.
Why do you think the music department is important to a college like PC or to colleges in general?
Music at PC is very important because it helps sculpt a well rounded education especially at a liberal arts college like PC. Music has played a great role in history and continues to play a role in people’s daily lives so it’s important to know the basics.
What has been your favorite memory with being involved in the music department here at PC so far and why?
Playing in the orchestra is by far one of my most favorite things in the music department. Orchestra is the time of week where I can unwind and enjoy playing really great music. My most precious memory was the Vivaldi concert from last year. This was the last concert to be played before getting shut down from COVID. This was especially important because it was the last time I got to play with my best friends who were a part of the 2020 graduating class. I cherish that moment always and now know to never take advantage of these little moments.
The PC Department of Music offers a variety of opportunities including PC Chamber Orchestra and small chamber ensembles (duos, trios, quartets, and quintets). All students at PC are eligible to participate. Studying music at PC allows for a more intimate environment of learning that fosters musical growth through community, access to close faculty mentoring, and the flexibility to fully explore musical and intellectual passions. To learn more about the Music Department, faculty, staff, ensembles, clinics, and events, visit www.presby.edu/music.