Music, Nature & Life in Balance

Lily Clark

Rhythm, harmony, balance. They are concepts that apply equally well to music and the natural world. In her WPI career, Lily Clark '11 has managed to pursue her interests in both, and to keep her studies, her extracurricular activities, and her community life in a happy equilibrium.

Lily came to WPI in 2007, drawn in part by her interest in music and her knowledge of WPI's extensive musical offerings. These include a wide range of music courses, the opportunity to pursue music as a major or minor, and the chance to perform with a dozen vocal and instrumental ensembles. A trumpeter, Lily has played with the Stage Band and the Concert Band, both under the baton of WPI's director of applied music Douglas Weeks, an accomplished trombonist.

Opting for a New Major

Her interest in the environment and alternative energy led Lily to become one of the first students to opt for WPI's new major program in environmental engineering. Inaugurated in 2006, the program offers an interdisciplinary major that draws on the expertise of faculty in chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and mechanical engineering. Knowing that environmental engineers face challenges that span multiple disciplines, WPI's program seeks to provide students with a broad background that integrates knowledge from the sciences, mathematics, and engineering, as well as humanities and the social sciences.

Like all first-year students at WPI, Lily benefited from an award-winning advising and mentoring program called target="_self">Insight. The program helps new students adjust to college life and to WPI's academic environment by connecting them to a strong support network of faculty and staff members and students. All first-year students are grouped together by floors in the residence hall, or by their designations as commuter or transfer students and assigned to an Insight team. Thankful for the help she received, Lily decided to give back as an Insight team student leader during her sophomore year.

The Humanities and Arts at WPI

A vibrant music, theatre, and art culture keeps the humanities and arts front and center in a WPI education. Learn more about this and other elements of the WPI Difference.

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  • During her first year at WPI, Lily Clark was honored as a Charles O. Thompson Scholar. Named for WPI's first president, the recognition is bestowed on the university's most outstanding first-year students who receive all As and Bs--with a minimum of six As--during their first three terms.
  • Lily, a member of a sorority, was elected secretary of the WPI Panhellenic Council during her sophomore year. The organization serves as a governance body for the university's three sororities and oversees the annual recruitment process for new members.
  • As a trumpet player with the Stage and Concert bands, Lily was able to take part in a tour of Prague and Budapest during the winter of her freshman year. A number of WPI ensembles, in particular its jazz performance groups, made the memorable trip. Worcester jazz musician and writer Chet Williamson wrote about the journey in his blog on the New England Jazz History Database. The database is the product of a partnership of the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education and the WPI JazzGroup under the direction of Rich Falco. Kyle Miller '09 posted an album of his photos of the European tour on his website.
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