Alexandra DoyleDan J. Moran, Jr. and Carolyn Farrel Moran UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment
I’ve always been sort of the artsy type, and I’ve been a bookworm for as long as I can remember; I would lay on my couch devouring books until I was literally nauseous from too much reading even in middle school. Writing has always clicked for me, so I chose a sort of applied writing major in Journalism. Putting words on a page, even if they’re about some silly news topic that I care nothing about, is a real pleasure for me, and shaping phrases is a sort of puzzle to solve. My main focus, however, is music; I grew into a love for the clarinet and I gradually developed the knowledge that I wanted to spend the rest of my life playing as well as I could, especially with a major symphony orchestra. Performing is my favorite thing to do, next to practicing. Speaking of, shouldn’t I be at Moores right now…?
Campus and Community Involvement
I’m a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, the Tier One Organization, the National Merit Organization, a DJ for Coog Radio, and a clarinet player in the UH Wind Ensemble, Symphony North of Houston, and the Galveston Symphony. I'm also an intern at Classical 91.7 Houston Public Radio, where I host a show, Music in the Making.
Awards and Honors
My academic honors include being a National Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction, as well as having been chosen to receive the 2011 Principal’s Award for Outstanding Female Student at my high school. My musical achievements include being a part of National High School Music Institute 2010, the Texas All- State Philharmonic Orchestra 2011, and Houston Youth Symphony. I was a 4- year high school Texas Region Band member and advanced to Area competition 3 years. I also received the National Merit Scholarship at UH, the National Merit Corporation scholarship, and I was offered the Stamps Scholarship at the University of Miami, a full-tuition and fees scholarship for outstanding musical abilities and academic excellence.
I intend to do a study abroad program, either through the Honors College or through the music school, but otherwise I haven’t seriously looked into it. I would love to spend a month or so in France to study clarinet, but touring Western Europe with the HC professors sounds like a good plan, too.
I haven’t done much research on research (ha) and I would love to participate in a study, particularly one regarding acoustics or instrumental music.
I intend to go to either a conservatory or a very strong music school to get my Masters in clarinet performance after my graduation from UH, unless, of course, I get a real gig before then (fingers crossed!). As previously mentioned, I want to play for a symphony when I enter the real working world, but being a studio musician would also be entirely acceptable. I have also discovered that I have a passion for radio broadcasting, and I hope that that makes its way into my future as well, either as a hobby or a profession