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NSU student immerses herself in the arts
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Crystal Dunning
Crystal Dunning
Crystal Dunning is spending her summer immersed in the arts. Dunning, a junior from Lafayette at Northwestern State University, is working at the Interlochen Center for the Arts as an intern in the College of Creative Arts.

Dunning is working with adult programs in the College of Creative Arts. She is conducting programmatic research and working with other staff as a facilitator to make events and programs run smoothly. Dunning is also helping the College prepare for its fall season.

“I was looking for summer internships and found this one and went through the application process,” said Dunning, who majoring in liberal arts with a concentration in fine and performing arts with a focus on voice in the Louisiana Scholars’ College. (Northwestern State Director of Choral Activities) Dr. Burt Allen told me he had worked there and liked it. I think my experience in arts administration helped me.”

Dunning works as a choral librarian in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at NSU. She is a student ambassador and a founding member of NSU’s chapter of the American Choral Directors’ Association. Dunning is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi where she serves as vice president of communications.

 Interlochen was founded in 1928 and is located in northwest lower Michigan. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities.  Students study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing and dance guided by faculty and guest artists. The Interlochen College of Creative Arts provides a lifetime of enrichment, creativity and professional growth through workshops and classes in a variety of arts disciplines.

 “Interning at Interlochen will be helpful in terms of me finding other internships and as I apply to graduate school,” said Dunning, whose ambition is to pursue education in vocal pedagogy and eventually operate her own non-profit institution for the arts. “This summer, I am able to network with people from around the country. Interlochen is its own little world. It is a fully functioning organization and everyone here regardless of their position is some type of artist. The people are immersed in the arts yet do other things. The people are well rounded and have been very welcoming.”
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