Student Profile: Ross Green ’10
Ross Green enjoys the blend that he has found at Hope in the
mixture of his
activities as a music major and his life outside of the classroom.
He has appreciated the variety of lessons that he has learned through
involvement with multiple performing groups and the departmental
“Being completely student led, 12th Street Harmony’s members’ dedication
its most admirable aspect. Chapel Choir has also helped me become
musician—Dr. Richmond of the music department sets the standards
pushes members to achieve the choir’s
fullest potential,” he says. “Delta Omicron
has helped me develop long-lasting
friendships within the music department.”
Ross’s involvement with the various
musical activities at Hope has helped him
to grow as a musician and to excel during
Michigan’s National Association of Teachers
Singing (NATS) competitions. Last
year, he won first place in the third-year
men’s division in the Great Lakes Region.
“My repertoire for NATS was selected
from the songs that I had been studying
from the beginning of the semester. The
road to preparing those songs for competition
is an arduous one, to say the least,”
he says. “Sometimes a song will just
‘click’ and be performance ready in no
time, but others take weeks of hard work
Ross gives substantial credit to his
voice teacher, faculty member Linda Dykstra.
“She has been supportive through the
hard times, and challenging when the times require such measures.
Without her, I
would have only been able to dream of first place,” he says.
In fact, he gives high marks to the department’s faculty
as a whole for their
hard work, dedication and breadth of expertise. “The most
enjoyable aspect of
the music department is the professors and the unique knowledge
As much as he has enjoyed and learned through his musical studies,
considers co-curricular activities the highlight of his Hope career
so far. “Bar
none, the most enjoyable experience I’ve had so far at Hope
are the extracurricular
activities,” he says.
His involvement in both the department and other activities has
led to another
key part of his Hope experience: the enduring friendships that
he has formed.
Based on his experience, Ross believes that incoming students should
building long-lasting relationships with their peers, especially
during their freshman
year as they live in residence halls. “The friends you make
your first year at
Hope will last for the rest of your college career,” he says.
This profile was written by Christopher M. Lewis, a 2009 Hope
College graduate from Troy, Mich., for the 2009-2010 Hope College
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