Jennifer Higdon’s life has been full of surprises. The BGSU alumna and composer admitted during her commencement address on Dec. 19 that much of her success, both personally and professionally, would likely have never happened had she stuck with her original plan at the University to become a professional flutist. Instead of playing in an orchestra, Higdon is one of America’s most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers. Her Percussion Concerto won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in January 2010. Higdon also received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto.
The ability to think beyond the norm, and beyond expectations, can make a lifetime of the “amazing.”