Jordan Lombaro-Fall 2016 Spotlight on Student Success

What is your major and class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.) Music Comprehensive Major. Second year senior.
What are your plans after graduation? After graduation I am planning on attending grad school for music. I have not decided on details as to where or for what.
When will you graduate (best guess!)? I will be graduating in the spring of 2017.
Where did you go to grow up and where did you go to high school (and/or other colleges)? I spent my entire life in Jackson, Ohio and attended Jackson High School.
Did you grow up with siblings or pets? I grew up with 3 close siblings and a countless number of cats.
What was your best experience in high school? My best experience in high school was singing in the Symphonic Choir. It was my first real academic musical experience.
Who was your most influential high school teacher? My most influential high school teacher was and will always be my former choir director, Mr. Clark Walker.
Why did you choose Rio? Rio was a school that was close to home. Rio allowed me to attend college without completely altering my at-home obligations.
What’s your best experience at Rio so far? My best experience at Rio so far was my attendance at the 2016 ACDA Choral Convention in Chicago, IL with my Grande Chorale classmates.
What’s your greatest achievement as a student? My greatest achievement as a student is probably my academic scholarship in music. Not only did the scholarship virtually pay for all of my tuition, but it incentivized me to keep my grades up.
What’s your major? I was initially a music education major but have recently switched to a comprehensive music degree.
Why did you choose that major? I chose music as my major because I have been compelled since a young age that music is my calling.
What was your favorite course at Rio so far…and why?  My favorite course at Rio so far was Jazz and World Music with Dr. Sarin Williams. The class involved improvising on our instruments which made it very interactive and enjoyable.
What do you plan to do after graduation? Where do you see yourself in ten years? After graduation I eventually want to attend grad school for something in music. Hopefully in ten years I will have some kind of steady job doing ANYTHING in music.
What’s the best part of being a student? My favorite part of being a student in music is the opportunity to create music without other musicians. A majority of my skills as both a musician and as a person stem from social musical experiences.
What’s the worst? The worst part of being a student is how expensive it is.
What advice would you give to incoming Freshmen? My biggest advice to freshman would be to leave their inhibitions in high school.
What is your favorite book:  Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Favorite visual artist: Max Ernst
Favorite musician: Esperanza Spalding
Favorite movie: Interstellar
Favorite food:? Maine lobster.
If you could move anywhere, where would you go? somewhere on the east coast
Favorite quote: "Those who seldom dwell on their emotions know better than anyone else just what an emotion is." - John Cage
What’s the one thing that most people don’t know about you? I'm open. I share my deepest secrets with people I barely know.