Alumni Spotlight: Vidisha Nerurkar

In celebration of our 60th anniversary, we will feature NSMS alumni as part of our Alumni Spotlight series throughout 2020.

Which years were you at NSMS?

I was a student at NSMS from 2009-2015


Who was your teacher?

I had several teachers, but studied with Ms. Angela Triandafillou for the longest time.


What is a favorite NSMS memory?

There are so many to choose from, including the first time I ever played on a grand piano, but I think the one that I remember best is my first PEPS recital at Miller Chapel. This was the first time I realized I was amongst the senior students in the school, which was pretty exciting for me since I had started learning a little later than most students do, and I had still managed to catch up to them.


What are you doing now?

I completed my Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences from Boston University in May 2019, and I am currently working in multiple departments at New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, and applying to MPH programs.


What role does your education at NSMS play in your life today?

NSMS taught me that strong musical training is applicable to any non-musical activity. For example, I am convinced that I was able to deduce pitch changes of my Zebra finches' songs during my research, because of all the ear training I did during my time at NSMS.


Thanks for keeping in touch, Vidisha, and best of luck with your applications!


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