Claire Straus – Introduction

Hello everyone!

I’m a senior MechE major. I used to play piano but nowadays my main instrument is the viola. I’ve played in a couple of the Cornell orchestras (CSO and CCO) in the past, but now I just play in a small string ensemble on campus called String Theory. You probably haven’t heard of us but we play some kind of non-traditional music for string players, like covers of pop songs and TV/movie/video game themes. For any Whovians in the class, here’s a video of us playing a medley of Doctor Who themes:

Since I started playing with String Theory I’ve been getting really into music arranging, using Sibelius and Noteflight. I’ve only done strings so far though. I’d really like to play around and see what other kinds of music I can make on the computer, so I’m pretty excited for this class.

Looking forward to a great semester!

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