Graduate Student Spotlights

Andres Soto

Music Composition for Film and Multimedia

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
As a composer who is interested in writing both "concert music" and music for film and TV, I was attracted to NYU Steinhardt because it offered the opportunity to develop my interest in both areas. I get the best of both worlds: recording sessions with professional studio players and scoring student films from Tisch on one side, and access to classically trained musicians that can perform my compositions on another side. I can take classes like "Film Scoring" or "Editing", and also "Seminars in Composition" or "Aesthetics of the Symphony." Unlike in other schools, I am not forced to ignore one side of my musical interests.
A book I would never sell:
You mean, if I were a book seller? I wouldn't sell the New Testament, because it's already free in many hotels.
My inspiration is:
To try to make the little kernel of talent I was given explode like popcorn and grow... and become delicious.
Something I collect:
Books. My dream apartment would have thick books instead of walls.
Why I went to Graduate School:
So people could call me "Master" after I graduate.
The best gift I've ever received:
The gift of gab.
The longest paper I've ever written:
20 pages about the history of the Organ for a Music History class.
The professor who influenced me the most:
The Professor, because he was a sensible advisor, a clever inventor, and a helpful friend to Gilligan and his fellow castaways.
My favorite coffee:
Costa Rican coffee, of course, with a little bit of cinnamon added BEFORE brewing it.
If I could take a year off I would:
Look a year younger! Just kidding, if I had the money I would travel and play golf lot. If not, I would just write and write music.
My secret passion is:
Bach's St. Matthew's Passion. Nobody else in the subway knows I'm listening to it
The best invention ever is:
Sliced Bread, because it's what things are always being compared to

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Costa Rica
What are your plans after you graduate?
Hopefully score films and write music.
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Phi Beta Kappa National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Scholarship Recipient, Hofstra University Presidential Scholarship, Most Improved Music Major, Dean's List
Community Service and Other Activities:
Translator for Global Expeditions, Inc. TeenMania Ministries, back in Costa Rica.