Dale winner Bader to immerse herself in music

May 13, 2004 12:54 a.m.

When Princeton University senior Kathleen Bader thought seriously about her most advantageous career move after graduation, she came up with a surprising answer: spending a year alone in a desert.

As the winner of this year's Martin Dale Fellowship, she will have a chance to do just that. Bader, a music major, plans to rent an apartment in Tucson, Ariz., and work for a year composing music.

According to her teachers, it is likely to be time well spent. "She is a very, very talented composer," said professor of music Steven Mackey, who advised Bader on a junior paper as well as on her senior thesis, which involved a performance of her work on May 14. "She is unusual in my experience in that she has evolved a personal voice very early."

Bader, however, is not so confident of what Mackey sees. She has been accepted to her first-choice graduate program in music -- Duke University -- but has deferred for a year to work on a project she sums up as "me, finding myself." She said her time in Arizona will allow her to indulge "a desire to compose in isolation for a while."

"I am at a point where I have learned so much but I haven't internalized it yet, so having the time and the space to get everything worked out in the desert would be great," said Bader.

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