Richard Wangler talks goals, advice for prospective students

LSU students are a diverse group. They come from all over the globe with different dreams, goals, and aspirations for their respective futures. Here is a chance to get to know them one at a time. No matter his or her academic discipline, everyone has a story to tell…including you!

Richard Wangler
Centreville, AL
Doctoral Student – Trombone Performance (DMA)
College of Music & Dramatic Arts

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What made you decide on LSU, and how are things going for you here?

I came to visit LSU last year and was impressed by the high quality of the students and the excellent standard set forth by the faculty. As a trombonist, I was drawn to the chance to study with Steven Menard. Professor Menard is part of the brass faculty at LSU and is highly respected in both the trombone and music communities. I knew after I auditioned and interviewed that the chance to attend school here would be a wonderful opportunity! I'm thankful that I get to work with and learn from some of the brightest faculty members in their fields. Also, my colleagues and fellow students in the music school are truly outstanding. I feel that they constantly push me to be a better musician.

What is your favorite thing about LSU?
My favorite thing about LSU is the daily interaction with talented students and faculty who really care. It makes school so much fun. Also, I have to mention the amazing campus—with beautiful, stately oaks—that swells with LSU Tiger Pride! The athletics are also incredible. As a huge sports fan, I think it is great to have so many different athletic programs that are among the best in the country. Geaux Tigers!

What are your goals and how is LSU helping you accomplish them?

My goals are to perform music and teach college musicians as a university professor. While performing in ensembles here at LSU, we are given the opportunity to play important music in the standard repertoire and are coached by faculty members who are experts at their craft. These experiences help us to gain valuable insight and prepare us for professional jobs in the future. There are many other ways in which LSU is helping to prepare me for the future, but these are some of the most important.
Do you have any advice for prospective students?

For students who are considering attending LSU, I would tell them to come to the campus for a visit and see some of the great things that I have been able to see since arriving here. The academics are first rate, the faculty is awesome and cares deeply for the students, the students are exceptional and very welcoming to newcomers, and the campus is gorgeous. Combine all of this with incredible athletics and it makes for a meaningful experience. I am deeply grateful for LSU and very happy I made the choice to attend here. There is no place I would rather be!