While UR is often heralded as a ‘science” school, many people on campus also revel in the University’s musical offerings.

Junior Paul Alperin, a member of both Midnight Ramblers and the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, is one such person.

Always ready to sing a tune going into several songs during the interview Paul plays cello in the orchestra and still finds time to be both a Teaching Assistant for organic chemistry and a Resident Adviser.

What was your favorite childhood television program?
Dude, I was a big fan of ‘Zoom,” [Paul starts to sing the entire ‘Zoom” theme song]. It was awesome and was like my childhood dream to be on ‘Zoom.” Then I found out I had to live in Boston, but I would keep checking the Web site to see when they were holding auditions.

Why did you pick the cello?
I started when I was 2 before I had a choice. My mother is a cello teacher, and my sister plays cello. But I love it, because it is the most sensual musical instrument there is.

What is one of your funniest college experiences/memories so far?
The first two times I went sledding, I couldn’t go down the hill. I kept falling off the tray, and then I cried and just quit. Actually, that wasn’t that funny; it was just kind of depressing.

What is your favorite thing about UR?
I’m going to sound like a total nerd, but the curriculum. It gives me the freedom to do what I want to do, especially with music and Eastman. That’s one of the reasons why I came here. That makes me sound really nerdy, so maybe the crazy parties.

What is your favorite song of all time?
‘Fire and Rain” by James Taylor. He went to my middle school, and I’ve always been a huge fan. And he represents Chapel Hill my hometown.

Clark is a member of the class of 2012.



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