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Graduate student quickly becomes part of the community

By Simon Goodacre

Donald Warren has only been on campus for six months, but he is already fully ingrained in the Brandeis community, serving on the Graduate Student Association senate, managing the University Chorus, performing with the Early Music Ensemble, and contributing to the upcoming production of Pirates of Penzance. “Brandeis is not so terribly different from my dear Southern Arkansas,” he says. “It has its hiccups and quirks, but what school doesn't?”

Warren was born and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. “History buffs may know it as the hometown of Martha Mitchell, who fanned the flames of the Watergate scandal with late-night phone calls to the press,” he notes. He is the second of four children, and the first of them to complete college.

As a high school student, Warren’s involvement with the Pine Bluff Singers — which hosted an annual Madrigal Dinne r— gave him an appreciation for early music. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music at Southern Arkansas University (SAU). “I tend to refer to SAU as just to the left of the middle of nowhere,” he says, “but I wouldn't trade my time there for anything in the world.” He performed in a number of ensembles at SAU. “I was a founding member of my chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the first president of the choral ensembles, and president of the student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.”

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Categories: Students, Giving
Date: February 17, 2017