Hope Bruening: November Featured Flutist

The Flute Studio at Oklahoma State University is excited to announce our Featured Flutist for November 2017: Hope Bruening! Every month, we will be highlighting a studio member with interviews, articles, and pictures. We hope you enjoy getting to know our talented and diverse studio!

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Freshman Music Education Major

Where are you from and what brought you to OSU? I am from Richardson, Texas. I was drawn to OSU for its campus beauty and the music department.

When and why did you start playing the flute? I started playing in 6th grade because that was one of the few instruments that I could produce a sound on.

What are some of your hobbies and interests? I like to sketch (roughly) and I love flowers! I would enjoy traveling to lots of new places when I am older.

Who are your favorite composers and recordings? My very favorite piece of music is Samuel Barber's "Adagio For Strings" performed by the New York Phil. I also enjoy Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" Overture.

Who are your music mentors and what have you learned from them? I have two musical mentors: my high school band director, Mr. Blankenship, and my orchestral director, Mrs. Livings. They have taught me everything that I love and have learned through music and always serve as encouraging friends in my life. 

Where are your favorite places to eat? First of all- QDOBA. I was ecstatic when I saw that there was one right next to the Seretean. Also, Corner Bakery has the best Mac & Cheese. 

What is the most valuable lesson that music has taught you? Music has without a doubt tested what I could and couldn't do. "I went from listening to Mars, to playing Mars (thanks, Mrs. Livings)" and it's things like this that have really increased my confidence and desire to continue. The lesson with this is that it will take effort on my part to reap such great rewards. 

What stands out as your favorite musical memory? This memory definitely belongs to my junior year in high school. Our Symphony Orchestra had received a superior rating at UIL, which was not uncommon, but as we stood on the staircase trying to take a picture, no one would stop screaming "We Got A 1". It started as a joke with one person but was quickly picked up by the rest of the orchestra. There was so much laughter and happiness in this moment that it makes me smile every time I think about it.

What are your favorite things about the Flute Studio and the School of Visual + Performing Arts? My favorite this about the Studio is how welcoming and supportive all of my peers are. Even before I was apart of the studio (or a student at OSU) I already had music majors and faculty making me feel as though I were at home.

What is your guilty pleasure? Sleep...I will do it any chance I get. 

Do you have any tips or advice for younger flutists? Fundamentals are and will always be important. Don't neglect them (speaking from experience). 

What are five fun facts about you?
1. I have a twin, Robin!
2. My favorite color is any shade of pink.
3. I can't sleep with socks on.
4. I believe pineapple belongs on pizza.
5. I can't sing but I do it anyways.

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