"The interdisciplinary nature of the university opens up so many opportunities."
And certainly Noël Wan has taken full advantage of them. An accomplished harpist who also plays the piano and Chinese violin, she has been recognized in competitions around the world, winning the Chi-mei Arts Award and receiving second prize at the 2013 Nippon International Harp Competition. She was also a finalist for the 2012 and 2014 Krannert Center Debut Artist Award and a semifinalist in the 18th International Harp Contest in Israel.
Noël will be attending the Yale School of Music after graduation to earn her master's in harp performance and then plans to pursue a career in experimental multimedia collaboration or music cognition, choices nurtured by interdisciplinary opportunities at Illinois.
"The relationship between the School of Music and the College of Engineering has opened doors for unique projects by composers and featuring students," says Noël. "This special connection between artists and our STEM colleagues at Illinois has inspired me to bridge my own interests in music and science."