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Inside YSM: Matthew Gray '17MMA, horn

Meet horn player Matt Gray ’17MMA, who spoke with us recently about his experiences studying with Prof. William Purvis.

“The dynamic in the YSM horn studio is similar to that of a big family,” Matt said. “Each member of the family has strengths and weaknesses, but together we are a capable and formidable group. This sense of family and camaraderie comes directly from Prof. Purvis.

“Prof. Purvis has a style of teaching that focuses directly on the steps his students should take to assess and improve their own playing while also motivating and encouraging his students to pursue their own strengths to the fullest degree.”

While at YSM, Matt has worked in the Concert Office and has developed an interest in the administrative side of the field. “With the employment opportunities that YSM provides to its students, we have the opportunity to gain a whole host of skills that are only possible in other academic institutions or elsewhere through internships or hard-to-come by entry-level jobs,” he said. “YSM opportunities include concert production; orchestra, stage, and facilities management; music librarian positions; and music-education opportunities. These opportunities have provided me with the skills and experiences needed to be a more marketable musician and administrator, and have even been directly responsible for the job offers I have received for employment after graduation.”