Natalie Severson

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Carnegie Mellon University

Heinz Programming Area:
Arts and Culture
International Experience Summary:

Natalie Severson traveled to the French Alps for four weeks where she studied harp performance and broadened her musical techniques through the program MusicAlp in Courchevel. While in Courchevel, Natalie was able to study with two world renowned harpists, attend master classes and concerts, collaborate with other musicians and perform in two final recitals. Her studies were accompanied by hikes in the regal mountains and strolls around the small town where she would converse with locals in French. Natalie networked not only with fellow harpists in the studio, but also with musicians in the program from all over the world. In the final week she helped premiere a piece by friend and composer, Misaki Yanagihara.

Community Engagement Experience Summary:

CEE Title: Pyramid of Cultural Immersion: Connecting the World One Country at a Time(PCI)

Natalie helped create Pyramid of Cultural Immersion: Connecting the World One Country at a Time (PCI) which encouraged high school students to broaden their global perspectives by pursuing travel opportunities at a young age. Natalie and her team executed the project at Gateway High School to an audience of fifty freshman to which they presented on the value of cultural immersion and linguistic acquisition. Shortly after the presentation, the students played a game of “International Jeopardy,” which included facts about cultures from around the world. Following her CEE, Natalie received word that several of the students had enrolled in language classes and started speaking with their parents about studying abroad.