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Senior music major awarded Rotary Foundation Scholarship

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/02/09 • Media Contact: Bonnie Barber (603) 646-3661

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Elizabeth Shribman
Elizabeth Shribman '10 (photo by Joe Mehling '69)

Elizabeth Shribman ’10, a Dartmouth senior from Pittsburgh, Pa., was awarded a 2010-2011 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. The Ambassadorial Scholarship program supports Rotary International’s mission to further world understanding and peace by promoting study in foreign countries. Shribman, a music major, will use her one-year award to study music history at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

“I’m incredibly excited and grateful to have this opportunity not only to study the history of Western classical music in Prague, a city that was at the heart of the development of much of this music, but also to work with the management of the Czech Philharmonic over the course of the year,” says Shribman, who has spent the past year studying Czech and whose studies will focus on Czech composers Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana. “I eventually want to go into orchestra management, so this dual opportunity—learning and absorbing the history of music, and gaining an international perspective in management through direct experience with an orchestra—will be extremely valuable as I prepare for a career and a life in the orchestra world.”

The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship program seeks to increase awareness and respect for cultural differences by sending ambassadors of goodwill to study in one of the nearly 200 countries that have active Rotary clubs. While abroad, scholars give talks to Rotary clubs and districts, schools, and civic organizations, and also participate in community service. “Music falls neatly into Rotary’s mission – it is both a subject for study and a tool for understanding and positive progress,” Shribman says. “Music can play a significant role in diplomacy, cultural engagement, international relations, and education, and most importantly, it can bring people together.”

Shribman has studied violin for more than 15 years, and plays in the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra (DSO). She joined the DSO in the fall of her first year at Dartmouth and assumed the role of general manager a few months later. She spent the next two years organizing the DSO’s first tour, and in December 2008 the orchestra performed in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. “That project was the cornerstone of my Dartmouth experience, and a huge part of the reason I want to go into orchestra management,” says Shribman. “It was definitely a life-changing experience.”

In pursuing her passion for music management, Shribman interned with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for three months earlier this year and also works part-time booking appearances for Cello Fury, a Pittsburgh-based cello rock band. In January she was the youngest participant in the League of American Orchestras’ seminar on orchestra management in New York City. At Dartmouth, Shribman studies violin with Anthony Princiotti, performs in numerous chamber ensembles, and is a Peer Academic Link for the Department of Music. She also participated in the department’s Music Foreign Study Program in London, served as a volunteer with the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth program, and was a First-Year Trip leader for the Dartmouth Outing Club. She is the daughter of David Shribman ’76, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Cindy Skrzycki, a senior lecturer in English at the University of Pittsburgh and a commerce correspondent for GlobalPost.

Rotary’s Ambassadorial Scholarship program is the world’s largest privately sponsored international scholarship program. Focused on humanitarian service, personal diplomacy, and academic excellence, the university-level program has sponsored more than 38,000 Rotary Scholars since 1947. Alumni include Paul Volcker Jr., former Chairman of the Federal Reserve; Philip Lader, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom; David Mulford, former U.S. Ambassador to India; and film critic Roger Ebert.

Rotary International is a volunteer organization based in Evanston, Ill., with 33,000 clubs worldwide. Its more than 1.2 million members represent a cross-section of business and professional leaders who donate their expertise, time, and money to support local and international projects that combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and strive to eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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