Major: Vocal Performance, Honors Program Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: West Jordan, Utah
Students who can embody two opposite academics like chemistry and vocal performance are truly remarkable; that’s Jeffrey Pedersen. He is also an Honors student and studied pre-med. During his time at Westminster, he has been a member of the Dionysios dance group, the Westminster Chamber Singers, the Westminster Chorale, the Griffin 5, the Westminster Opera Studio, the Westminster Players, the Utah Opera Chorus, the Pre-Professional Health Club, the American Chemical Society, the Society of Physics Students, Alphabet Soup, and MIFL.
He went on the Chamber Singers May term tour to Ireland his freshman year. This was his only experience traveling abroad, and it will be two weeks of memories that he will carry with him for the rest of his life. Being able to perform in such spectacular venues and see the sights in a beautiful country was truly rewarding for Pedersen.
As a singer, he has been able to perform with every vocal ensemble at Westminster. He was cast as the Sorceress, the lead antagonist, in Westminster's first ever opera, "Dido and Aeneas." He also worked as a contracted member of the Utah Opera Chorus in their production of "Il Trovatore" and will return to the stage as a chorus member in "The Barber of Seville."
He was able to participate in the Undergraduate Research Fair with a paper he wrote for one of his Honors electives, "Reading and Writing the City." That particular paper examined the loss of public space through the work of Bentham, Foucault, and Kuntsler and addressed the contemporary example of the LDS Church's purchase of Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City.
The tours he’s done with the Chamber Singers have been some of his favorite memories at Westminster. “The music that I performed was great, but the best part of all of that time I spent touring was the social time I got to spend with people who I'm sure will be lifelong friends,” he said. In addition to the Ireland tour, he also traveled through southern Utah, Las Vegas, and southern California his junior year.
After graduating from Westminster, he hopes to attend medical school. Westminster's small class sizes and dedicated faculty has truly contributed to Pedersen’s success. “It has been tremendously beneficial to have professors who know me personally and who don't just associate me with a number. Not only has this helped me get more personalized attention to my education, it has also allowed me to create connections that in turn have translated into excellent letters of recommendation,” he said.
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