Bucknell Spotlight: Nikki Allison ‘15
As a senior cellist, Nikki Allison is no stranger to performing on campus. Nikki is currently preparing for her senior recital next month, which will feature a challenging classical program. But Nikki, a Music Education major, is a multi-faceted musician and has a wide range of on and off campus performance experience including various collaborative recitals and 7th Street sets. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Nikki to talk about her unique musical style and what she loves about Bucknell music!
What is the best part about performing on campus?
Using our beautiful facilities and working with amazing faculty and guest artists is such a treat!
How long have you been playing the cello (and music in general)?
I started playing cello when I was 7 years old and started guitar when I was 10. Music has always been a huge part of my life!
What is your favorite music genre and/or artist?
I love contemporary classical, folk, bluegrass, indie, alternative - anything with soul and passion. My favorite artists are The Civil Wars, The Tallest Man on Earth, and Daughter.
Who at Bucknell has influenced your music the most?
Every single one of my professors here has given me a new perspective on music that I have used to create my own style. One guest artist in particular, the cellist Johannes Gramsch, had a lasting impression on me. We had a four hour master class in which we worked on the first measure of the piece I was working on at the time, Ligeti's “Sonata for Solo Cello”. We had played only about 4 notes, but by the end of the four hours, they carried so much meaning and passion. He taught me that each note has a purpose and to engage the audience by telling a story. You need to get to know your music like a friend, and then you are able to share that with others.
What changes would you make to the Bucknell music scene?
We have unbelievable performances at the Weis Center and Rooke Recital Hall almost everyday, and I would love to see more students and faculty attending! Music is such a therapeutic and thought-provoking wonder that can inspire us when we don't even expect it. Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of Bucknell to enjoy a performance is worth it! I would also like to see more interactions between departments on campus. Over the years, we have collaborated with art students, engineers, and dancers to create a new dimension of our work. I would love to do more experimental projects!
Be sure to check out Nikki’s senior recital on Saturday, November 8th at 2 PM in Rooke Recital Hall!
Image source: Nikki Allison