My study/research grant year in Vienna was only the beginning of my Fulbright story. In 2018–19, I studied in the MA Lied und Oratorium program at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW) and conducted research entitled “Modern Austrian Vocal Pedagogy in a Global Context.” In 2019, I returned to the US to complete my master’s and will now be heading to Canada this fall to begin my PhD. While I have pursued each of these degrees at separate institutions in different countries, I feel that all of them are woven with the same Fulbright thread of international exchange.
During my Fulbright year, I attributed the magical feeling of performing and studying in this city to the fact that Vienna is like Disneyland for musicians. By the end of my Fulbright year, however, I realized that my transformative experience was all thanks to the international people, musical culture, and artistic history that make Vienna the colorful city it is. I never could have imagined that my Fulbright experience would be so impactful that it would inevitably continue to affect my daily life and work years after I had returned to the US.