Ben Shafer

Bachelor of Music, instrumental performance
Class Year: 
2018
Hometown: 
Cary, NC

How did you become interested in music?

I started music in the sixth grade and switched to French horn six months later. (For the 2015-16 academic year, I was also the mellophone section leader for the inaugural season of the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band!) 

Do you have a favorite composer?

 I am a huge fan of Johannes Brahms, as his pieces are extremely Romantic, and I can listen to anything he composed, and get lost in the music.

What are your plans when you graduate? What kind of career do you hope to have?

I hope to play professionally in a symphony orchestra, and maintain a private studio, or teach at the collegiate level.

What is your favorite thing about the College of Arts + Architecture?

I love how the professors in the department actually care about the students, and push them to be the best they can be.

When you are not in class, studying, working or rehearsing, what do you like to do for fun?

I like to spend time with my family and friends, and watch TV.