Meet Michael Rolincik, (MCAS ’16), one of the recipients of BC’s Student
Art Awards for 2016. Michael is a Music and Sociology double major and has been a member of the University Chorale for four years. He sat down with us to answer a few questions about his work in the arts during his time at BC, and to share his art story!
What has participating in the arts meant to you during your time at BC?
Being a part of the artistic community at BC, and more specifically the music community, has been an amazing addition to my four years here. I have met and worked with some amazing artists and pushed myself to explore musical opportunities I may have otherwise not encountered.
How has your work in the arts informed your next steps after graduation?
Serving as Publicity Director of the Boston College Symphony Orchestra allowed me to further explore my interest in PR and Marketing, more specifically within the arts sector. With this experience I was fortunate enough last summer to work with a Boston-based PR firm that specialized in the fine arts. Going forward I hope to continue contributing in a similar way to the artistic community of Boston.
What is your most memorable arts experience and what did you learn from it?
Going to Budapest and Vienna with the Chorale this past spring break. Having studied in Vienna last spring, going back with some of my closest friends was an incredible, once in a lifetime experience.
If you could give some advice to younger students about the arts at BC and beyond, what would it be?
Go outside your comfort zone! I joined the University Chorale my freshman year without any previous singing experience and it was the best decision I made at Boston College. I’ve made friends I know I will have for the rest of my life and developed a love for singing that may have remained untapped.
Each year, the Boston College Arts Council recognizes an alumnus, a faculty member, and several students for their accomplishments and contributions to the arts in various disciplines. Alumni and faculty award recipients serve as role models, inspiring and guiding developing young artists in the BC community. The award recipients participate in programming at our annual campus-wide Arts Festival and interact in small-group settings with students in their fields. Student award recipients in sophomore, junior or senior years are recognized for their creativity and accomplishments, as well as for specific projects.
The 2016 Art Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on Friday April 29th, in the Stokes Art Tent. The event is free and open to the public, with no registration necessary. The Awards Ceremony will be from 3-4pm. A reception with hors d’oeuvres and drinks will follow shortly from 4-5pm. We hope to see you there!