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Music to his ears

August 8, 2016

Music to his ears
Name: Sharang Sharma; Age: 20; Hometown: Brampton, Ont. – Born and raised in New Delhi, India, until age 13; Program: Bachelor of Music, Third Year

Growing up, Sharang Sharma could often be found off by himself, listening to classical music.

“It’s something my family knew from a young age,” he said of his love of music. “When it came time to choose what to pursue in my life, it made sense I would choose music.”

Now enrolled in Western’s Faculty of Music, Sharma, a singer, has been performing on and off campus, sometimes up to seven days a week. He also volunteers his time giving free music lessons to interested students.

Despite his busy schedule, Sharma is grateful to be pursuing his passion and says his heavy course load doesn’t weigh him down. “It doesn’t feel like work, really, to be studying music because it’s what I love.”

Having also developed an interest in music history and research, Sharma applied to and was accepted into an exchange program at King’s College in England for this coming school year. This opportunity was made possible thanks to the financial support he received as one of two music students given the Larry and Susan Agranove Award last year.

“The experience of being there in itself will be great learning,” he said. “Although I can get the learning I need at Western, this allows me to expand and go out and see for myself where other opportunities and possibilities lie. I doubt this entire exchange would be possible had I not received scholarships to help financially.

“Scholarships also encourage me to work harder in classes because I feel like someone is watching out for me and helping me to be an active part of the Western community without having to constantly worry about finances.”

This article appeared in the 2016 edition of Annual Impact
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