Enhanced Chancellor's Fellowship, Fellowships and Funding, Music, Testimonials
Cynthia Lee Wong is a Ph.D. student in the Music Composition Program. Her dissertation topic focuses on the influences of mathematics in music by Ligeti, Wuorinen, and Neikrug. She teaches at Baruch College, CUNY, and is a professional composer of both classical music and musical theatre.
The Graduate Center has a truly fantastic learning environment. There’s a deep, sincere devotion to growing together as intellectuals and people. Definitely, this is the most rewarding aspect of being a fellow here. We have brilliant, motivated faculty, as well as wonderful, dedicated students and staff. The faculty (our own “walking encyclopedias”) could choose to be tough but are truly encouraging and supportive. They provide inspiring models for us soon-to-be (if not already) teachers. That said, my teaching experience as an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow has proved invaluable. It is because of my fellowship, for example, that I’ve been invited back to teach at Baruch College this semester!
Other reasons why the GC is great: It’s smack in the middle of Manhattan. The Music Department offers a Ph.D. and not just a D.M.A. Lastly, the fellowship supports the all-too-familiar juggling act of being a busy professional musician as well as a Ph.D. student and teacher. I’ve lost count of how many times I have appreciated the GC music community and would not trade my experience for any other.