Vivian Tsang: There's Music in Her FutureDate: June 4,
Photos by Dottie Stover
Archive: Profiles Archive
Vivian Tsang of Springfield, Va., is one of two graduates who
were awarded a full scholarship in the University of Cincinnati's
very first Cincinnatus
Scholarship competition. Back in 1997, Cincinnatus I
provided $6 million in awards to attract the nation's brightest and
talented students to campus to compete in a day of academic
exercises with their peers. Prizes were awarded based on the
student's academic performance, leadership, teamwork and commitment
to community service. Tsang was one of the top Cincinnatus scholars
who received a full $60,000, four-year award to the university.
Her excellence in talent and academics continued through her
double major at the College-Conservatory
of Music (CCM) and the communications program in the
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Tsang is graduating summa cum
laude and will serve as a student marshal for CCM. She also belongs
to Phi Beta Kappa, the Golden Key Honor Society and was named to
Who's Who Among College Students.
Back when the 21-year-old piano performance major was considering
where she would receive her higher education, Tsang, a salutatorian
for Annandale High School in Virginia, was the number one prospect
for Indiana University's piano performance program and among her
college considerations were Harvard and Yale. The international
reputation of CCM, and the information on Cincinnatus in her
application, led her to the University of Cincinnati to stay.
Because she was so far away from home, Tsang usually had to wait
until holiday breaks to visit her family. But she says she
discovered a new family waiting for her at UC. "I lived on the CCM
floor in Siddall Hall, and all of the freshmen had the same classes.
I remember the toughest class was music history. They'd play a
segment of a piece for you and you would have to name it. Around
finals, you'd hear music all over the floor, and we would all try to
name the pieces.
"I loved my experience at UC. I think the people...all the
friends I met, will be the most memorable. At UC, I felt myself
develop as a person. I know a lot more about the world. My
communications degree helped me see so many perspectives and CCM
improved me tremendously as a pianist."
Tsang will attend the New England Conservatory of Music in the
fall to begin the master's degree program in piano performance, and
says she has future dreams of operating her own music school.
Meanwhile, a new class of Cincinnatus Scholars will become
freshmen at UC this fall. The prize money for the competition has
grown to more than $11 million.