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Warming up before the May 2nd concert #mybaylor  (at McCrary Music Building)

Warming up before the May 2nd concert #mybaylor (at McCrary Music Building)

Excellence in the Arts Supports Dream of Service

Academic excellence is not the only force driving Baylor students to achieve their dreams. A defining characteristic of Baylor students is the desire to use their quality education to serve others.

Gwendolyn Matias-Ryan is a first-year graduate student in viola performance, studying under Dr. Kathryn Steely. Throughout the course of Gwendolyn’s first semester, Dr. Steely encouraged her to participate in several competitions. 

"It’s about coming out of whatever experience a better musician. And if you accomplish that, you’ve done what you’re supposed to do," says Gwendolyn about winning the Mid-Texas Symphony’s Young Artist Competition.

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Baylor Symphony Orchestra, led by Professor Stephen Heyde, performing Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”) by Richard Strauss on February 4, 2014 in Jones Concert Hall on Baylor’s campus in Waco, TX. The solo violinist (concert master) is Ricardo Hamaury Gómez.