We invited members of the Marywood community to share their memories, wisdom, and messages of thanks as we approach our Centennial in 2015. These are their responses.
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Being here for 5 years, you meet a lot of people. With these friendships with your peers and faculty, they get to see you succeed and if you are having a hard time, they get you through and push you to be even better. The entire Music Department faculty has been my family and my motivators for these 5 years. In Music Therapy, I am grateful for being able to learn with Maria Fay and Dr. Anita Gadberry. The few years I have worked with them, they see so much in me and push me to be the best music therapist. I am thankful for them believing in me and to learn from them, it is a privilege. Along with them, Ellen Rutkowski has been like my mom away from home. She has been my voice teacher ever since I came to Marywood as a freshman and I never thought I would become the singer I am today with her help. I cannot believe we are preparing for my senior recital and I definitely wouldn't ask for anyone else but her by my side. Thank you Ellen!! :) Another person has go on here without question, Dr. Rick Hoffenberg. I have been studying under Dr. Hoffenberg for Campus Choir and Chamber Singers for a long time among other classes with him and him accompanying me on the piano for recitals. Among being a wonderful musician and teacher, he is one of the most positive and wisest people I have ever met. He never gives up on anything or anyone, he goes to your full potential and exceeds. I always learn something new everyday and it inspires me to raise my calibur as a musician. I am grateful for our friendship and hope it lasts after graduating. Lastly, I am thankful for Chamber Singers. This group is not only filled with such talented musicians but kind, caring people. They have been my family and every year that passes, I am so glad new people get to come in and share this experience with everyone. Whether we perform for a Marywood function, give a concert, tour or have a barbecue in Lackawanna State Park, I would not trade these experiences for anything because of you people. Thank you for being my family. <3
-- Leann C. Ostrow Class of 2013