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Introduction: Where’s my Sorting Hat?

Mar 05, 2020

Hello to everyone reading my blog!

I’ll introduce myself first: I am Audrey Kim, and I have been playing the flute for over a decade. Over the years, I have gathered a vast amount of music from my early days in elementary band, to playing Christmas music in flute choirs, to playing with Flutopia in Carnegie Hall, to playing in my school’s “Pit” for their musical, to… do you get the idea? This is a lot of music for one person. Now, imagine that but for a professional soloist who’s also a professor.

For my internship, I will be working with Dr. Jennifer Lapple Adjunct Professor of Flute at George Mason University. I will be organizing her expansive music collection and ordering missing parts if needed. There are six filing cabinets filled to the brim with music and scores that I will have to sort. Outside of this work, I will be learning how to code in the computer language R. My final product will be a digital catalogue of the music I have organized. If time permits, I will add features that can filter search results, have links to the audio, and have previews of the music.

My internship has started already and I will be following up this post with more updates. I hope the next few months will be fruitful, but no matter the end, I look forward to this experience.

5 Replies to “Introduction: Where’s my Sorting Hat?”

  1. Miller H. says:

    Looking forward to that music catalog!

  2. ashleyb says:

    How would computer language R help you catalog the music?

    1. Audrey K. says:

      I’ll be addressing this exact question in one of my future blog posts soon!

  3. davidc says:

    Audrey, I love the connection between science and art that you are dealing with here. We often forget that different disciplines can mix together and that we need to apply different subject to the same problem to find the best solution. I’m excited to see your progression of writing this code and the organization system you develop to help catalog this music.

  4. Aanika S. says:

    This is very interesting, I’m looking forward to your final product!

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