2012 Scholars

Michelle Girardot

Michelle Girardot

Classification: Junior
Graduation Year: 2016
College: CLASS
Major: Vocal Performance
High School: L C Anderson High School
Hometown: Austin, TX

About Me

Music is such an enormous part of my life. My family always seems to be singing or making music together; it’s how we connect with one another and consequently how I enjoy connecting with other people. I am always a busy person because I like to be involved in as much as I can, and I work hard to do my best in all my endeavors. I’m so blessed to have all the support and opportunities to start studying what I love, and I couldn’t be happier to be spending my college years here at U of H.

Campus and Community Involvement

This semester I participated in one of the Moore’s Opera Center’s productions and am currently a member of the Moore’s School of Music Concert Chorale and Acabellas, a student-led female a capella ensemble. In addition, I will be travelling with Concert Chorale to Germany this May for the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition. I also play trumpet in the Spirit of Houston Marching Band, and I’m a member of the Honors College and NSCS. I love blues and swing dancing, and I enjoy occasionally going to off-campus dance events. I am still exploring the opportunities on campus, and am hoping to try out new things that aren’t all strictly musical.

Awards and Honors

In high school I was a National Merit Commended Scholar, received three Austin ISD trustee awards, and also received International Baccalaureate Certificates for Higher Level Music, Higher Level English, and Standard Level Psychology. I was a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State choirs both my junior and senior years. In addition, I was a four-year member of the TMEA Region bands and choirs and received an award for six years in All-City choirs. I participated in the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition throughout high school and received both gold and silver medals every year for voice, trumpet, and music theory. At that same competition I also received an outstanding soloist award for both theory and voice. For the Texas Music Teachers Association I received the Elizabeth Morris Ensemble award for twelve years of piano ensemble participation, and I also received an award for twelve years of medals in music theory tests.

In addition to the Tier One Scholarship, I received scholarships from my high school’s PTSA and National Honor Society. I am also the first recipient of the Ted Simonson Scholarship, a scholarship in honor of a WWII Rainbow Division veteran who recently passed away.

Study Abroad

Next semester I will begin taking German in the hopes that I can take advantage of study abroad opportunities in Germany during the following summer. If I can, I would also like to take Italian as well before I graduate. The musical (particularly operatic) cultures in both Germany and Italy are so rich, and I am very interested in gaining further knowledge of these languages that will directly assist my performance goals.

Research

I am not quite sure how I am going to tailor a research project towards my interests yet, but I do know I want to research something music related. I hope I can study something that could widen my understanding of performance or the world of opera in some way.

Future Endeavors

As of right now, I’m planning on attending graduate school for music. After that, I hope to either do a young artist program or start performing depending on how prepared I am and whether or not I am ready vocally to make it on my own in the professional world. I understand my plans might change, however, so I’m going to keep my options open for whatever path is best for me personally and for my career.