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Heidi Butler

Class of 2018
Major/Minor: American Studies, Music

Ever since I was a young child, I have loved music. I got involved in musical performance opportunities whenever possible, and I knew that when I came to college, I wanted to continue growing as a musician; I just didn’t know exactly how.

I didn’t plan on being a music major at first. In high school, I began to develop a passion for studying American history, and I knew that I wanted to study it further in college. I signed up for a few music ensembles for my first semester, and took an introduction to ethnomusicology class for an elective. I immediately fell in love with the music department here at Washington College, and I soon declared a second major in Music so that I could take advantage of all the musical opportunities available to me.

I’m fascinated by the intersection of history and politics with culture and art, and the ways in which all aspects of human life influence each other and together tell a comprehensive story. For this reason, double majoring in American Studies and Music has been the best possible choice to me, allowing me to take a great variety of courses and explore the great complexity that is the American experience.

So far at Washington College, I have been lucky enough to have a great many learning experiences outside the classroom. In January of 2016, I traveled to Cuba with the Music and Anthropology departments to study the music and culture, and I performed individual research on the ways in which Cuba’s music and culture interact with and are influenced by other cultures, primarily American culture. I also had the opportunity to intern in the summer of 2016 at the National Museum of American History, in both the Office of Education and Public Engagement and in the Armed Forces History Division of the Office of Curatorial Affairs. During my internship, I also conducted personal archival research on the history and development of the piano and its place in society.

Washington College has provided me with an incredible wealth of experiences thus far in my academic career. I am incredibly grateful to the Music Department, the American Studies Department, the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, and the Cater Society for Junior Fellows, as well as the greater Washington College community, for making my undergraduate experience so valuable and rewarding.

Campus Involvement
  • Best Buddies - Secretary
  • C.V. Starr Center
  • StoryQuest
  • College Democrats - President
  • Campus Christian Fellows
  • Cater Society for Junior Fellows - Secretary
  • Admissions Fellow
  • Writing Center Tutor
  • Symphonic Band

Q & A

Hometown/High School: Groton, Connecticut, Fitch High School

What is your favorite place/activity on campus? My favorite place on campus is the Music Library and I love all the SEB craft or game nights!

Recommended class and professor? U.S. Contemporary Latin at Literature and Culture with Dr. Kurzen, because we read fantastic literature and we had great discussions about important topics. 

What are some of your favorite hobbies? Playing instruments, reading, Netflix, arts and crafts, listening to music, attending drama performances.

Why did you choose to attend Washington College? I chose to attend WAC because I felt so comfortable and accepted the second I stepped on to campus. The people were nice, the campus was beautiful, and I just felt like this was where I was meant to be! I also met Dr. Miller and heard about the American Studies department and it was exactly what I wanted out of college.