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Kalamazoo College

Valentin Frank


Belmont, MA
Study Abroad:
Valparaiso, Chile
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Hazelnut and Chocolate
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
We are all creative people, and music helps people explore that.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I came into the music department as an oboe player. I stayed because of the professors and because I discovered my passion for Music Theory. I keep coming back because of the wonderful, ever continuing atmosphere of creativity in a non-stressful, non-pressuring setting.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Let yourself get absorbed in something. In high school, school and life are separate. In college, school is life. And that gives you the opportunity to dive into something fully and intensely. Take advantage of that and jump into either something you already love, or something you’ve always dreamed of trying, or simply something that sounds cool.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Most of my hobbies and interests are linked to sound and music, so the department became a second home for me, both as a physical and emotional space. But that exists on a spectrum, because if I have a quarter where I am more invested in projects outside of the music department, one still feels just as connected to it.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
That studiousness, passion, good grades, success, satisfaction, and fulfillment all go hand in hand, and are most easily achieved when viewed all as part of the same idea and mindset.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class has been Music Theory III, with Prof. Beau Bothwell. It was a small (9 students), intense setting where everyone’s ideas and input was greatly encouraged and fostered. The class was a wonderful blend between academic learning and creative application.

What is your SIP?
I am planning on making a sound installation in the dark, exploring the boundary between “sound” and “music”. Using a blend of recorded and synthesized sounds, I want to explore making an interesting and diverse soundscape, and then break down the pieces of that are musical.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I dream of being able to work as a sound designer for theatre, film, video games, or any other form of performance arts or other media.

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