With her love for music, Jessica Pierpont knew she wanted to earn her degree in that field. She chose the Castleton campus because it has one of the most developed music programs in Vermont.
After graduating with her music degree, Pierpont attended The University of Arizona, earning a master’s degree in Choral Conducting. She has since found her way back to Vermont.
Pierpont is grateful for her time on campus because of the opportunities it provided her and the influence of her professors.
“Dr. Sherrill Blodget was a huge influence on my music career. The university allowed me many opportunities that I wouldn’t have received anywhere else,” Pierpont said.
She said that Blodget was a huge factor in her success and that she was an incredible resource. The two still remain in touch.
“She truly believed in me and allowed me to expand my experiences in whatever way I possibly could,” Pierpont said.
Pierpont found many hands-on learning opportunities on campus and she was able to gain conducting experience early in her undergraduate degree.
“Between the community service, community involvement, emphasis on education, and promoting the arts programs, there were so many opportunities for students to succeed,” she said.
Pierpont’s advice for current students is to take every advantage the university has to offer because there are always positive things happening around campus.