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Senior Looks Forward to Turning Passion for Live Music into a Career

As a music and sound recording major, Brianne Sousa ’22 has had exciting hands-on experiences that have enabled her to develop her research skills, study and intern in “Music City,” and grow as a leader.

March 8, 2022

By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications

Group image of Brianne Sousa (right) with Gerber Hall staff members.
Brianne Sousa (right) with Gerber Hall staff members.

Brianne Sousa ’22 loves live music, and she hopes to pursue a career in the live music industry. As a Charger, she has immersed herself in the industry through her research and while studying in Nashville as part of the University’s Study Away program.

Through her classes in a recording studio in Nashville, Sousa gained hands-on experience while learning from professionals in the industry. She also interned at Sound Stage Studios, a prestigious recording studio in the city.

A music and sound recording major and a member of the University’s Honors program, Sousa researched the effects the pandemic has had on the live music industry in Music City. She learned about the impact COVID had on various businesses, as well as how various regions of the country handled the pandemic differently.

“Pursuing this research was inspired by my passion for live music and by the thriving live music scene in Nashville,” she said. “This was a great opportunity for me to network with people in the field and to see how the pandemic is continuing to have long-term effects on live music.”

‘A community where I could explore’

As a Charger, Sousa has taken advantage of a variety of opportunities to explore, build her skills, and make meaningful connections. She fondly remembers attending a roller night program at the Beckerman Recreation Center as a first-year student – an event that she says is among the most enjoyable she’s attended.

Image of Brianne Sousa ’22 in Nashville.
Brianne Sousa ’22 in Nashville.

A Chi Kappa Rho Sorority sister, Sousa has enjoyed making friends and taking part in community service events and opportunities. As a resident assistant for three years and a supervisor for ChargerREC, she has enjoyed helping to create programming and fun ways for her fellow Chargers to connect and get involved on campus.

“As a resident assistant, I have loved being able to see my residents grow during their time at the University and helping them navigate their first year in college,” she said. “These organizations gave me a sense of belonging at the University, as well as lifelong friendships. I think this University really gives everyone the opportunity to find something they like, and I've greatly enjoyed being able to do that as well. I have met people who I will be friends with for the rest of my life, and they have given me an amazing college experience.”

Sousa, who will accept her degree as part of the University’s Spring Commencement, plans to pursue a career in the New York City area’s music industry. She is particularly interested in doing live sound for concerts or in a recording studio.

“My time at the University has given me many skills that have made me more well-rounded and have prepared me for life outside of college,” she said. “I have gained hands-on experience in my field. My time as a Charger has also given me the opportunity to explore many different leadership opportunities and to grow my skills as a leader. This University gave me not only academic resources to succeed, but a community where I could explore.”