Muse Scholar Program
The Hunter College Muse Scholar Program provides a unique learning environment for artistically talented and academically strong students, allowing them to reap the benefits of Hunter's exceptional arts programs, faculty and resources.
Through tailored courses and attendance at events at Hunter and New York City arts and cultural institutions, Muse Scholars receive an unparalleled opportunity to explore the arts and engage in creative pursuits while receiving a top-notch liberal arts education.
Launched during the 2011-2012 academic year, this four-year honors program has already welcomed three classes of impressive Muse Scholars who have played Carnegie Hall, acted in Off-Broadway plays, won busking positions in the New York transit system, earned creative-writing awards, and played baseball for the East Coast Yankees, among other accomplishments.
Watch a short documentary by Muse Scholar Michael Petruso (Class of '15) to learn more about this exciting program. Read about Hunter's incredible arts departments and programs in this digital brochure.
Muse in the News
Kiana Carrington (Class of '17) was selected to join the Lincoln Center Student Advisory Council (LCSAC). Created to build Lincoln Center's young adult audiences, LCSAC initiates and facilitates programming intended to broaden Lincoln Center's reach across college campuses in New York City. The Council has full creative control over its projects, from inception to the final product. The College Cabaret is a recent example of an LCSAC event, in which students from around the country are invited to perform during a special multi-genre show. "As one of the youngest members in the group I feel I can learn a lot from my team," Carrington said. "I'm excited to see what is in store for the future."
During the Fall 2014 semester, Amanda Rose Benjamin (Class of '17) won a scholarship from the Staten Island Chapter of the Hunter College Alumni Association. The award honored her achievements in academics, community service, and extracurricular activities in theatre and athletics.
Joy Scanlon (Class of '15) won two major awards from Hunter College during the Spring 2014 semester: the Raab Presidential Fellowship and the Edna Wells Luetz/Frederick P. Riedel Endowed Scholarship. The Raab Presidential Fellowship supported Scanlon's summer studies of Tibetan art-making and collage in Dharamsala, India. Scanlon spent the more than a month in a SUNY Purchase program learning about Tibetan and Indian culture, making art, and practicing yoga. Scanlon also received the Edna Wells Luetz/ Frederick P. Riedel Endowed Scholarship to honor her achievements in the Department of Art & Art History.
C.J. Jimenez (Class of '15) received the 2014 Tessie K. Scharps Prize for an essay on friendship, awarded by Hunter's Department of English. The prize was the latest honor bestowed upon one of the Muse Scholar Program's most prolific writers. Jimenez also recently self-published a book of poetry, Wolves and Other Nightmares, under her pen name Alicen Grey. Information about the book and her other Alicen Grey writing projects can be found at Jimenez's blog: http://alicengrey.blogspot.com.
Robert Bronchard (Class of '16) is a four-time laureate of The Associated Music Teachers' League (AMTL) competition and performed in the 2014 Young Musicians Concert on Mother's Day at Carnegie Hall. Bronchard, a piano performance major in Hunter's Department of Music, has outplayed many talented musicians to win a place on the bill of The Young Musicians Concert, which features only "la crème de la crème" of developing artists, according to the AMTL.
The Muse Scholars shared their diverse talents and curatorial skills with the Hunter community during the program's second annual Muse Arts Showcase during the Spring 2014 semester.
The showcase featured a gallery-style exhibition of visual art works in the Department of Art & Art History's critique space followed by performances in Hunter's Ida K. Lang Recital Hall. Read more about the showcase here.
Spotlight on Dance
Muse Scholars are receiving an insider's perspective on the dance world, thanks to a partnership with Hunter College's Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program.
In the studio and the classroom, Arnhold Director Kathleen Isaac and graduate students are working with the Muse Scholars to develop their understanding of the elements of dance. The scholars have hit the dance floor during special workshops at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, and Studio 353. During these workshops, Muses have learned styles ranging from classical ballet to Bollywood, and attended Fall for Dance performances at New York City Center.