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Meadows Graduate Student Council

About MGSC

The Meadows Graduate Student Council (MGSC) is a student organization that provides financial assistance for the academic, artistic, and professional development of students in Meadows School of the Arts graduate programs.

MGSC Forms

Download Instruction Sheet

Download Project Proposal Form

Download Reimbursement Form

Download W-9 Form

MGSC Officers

President - Claudia Zapata

Claudia Zapata is pursuing her Ph.D. at SMU in the RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture Program in Art History. She received her B.A. and M.A. from University of Texas in art history, specializing in Pre-Columbian and U.S. Latino/Chicano art. From 2010 to 2014 she served as the Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas. Her recent projects include the co-founding of ChingoZine, a Latino art zine and Chingolandia, a Latino designer toy line as part of her Latino art collective, Puro Chingón Collective, LLC. Zapata has curated over 30 exhibitions at the Mexic-Arte Museum and other Texas institutions on subjects such as the commercialization of the Day of the Dead holiday, Mexican dance masks, Contemporary Chicano art, lucha libre in popular culture and more. Her most recent publication acted as the main catalog essay for Margarita Cabrera’s Uprooted Dreams, a recent Austin Art in Public Places installation using Oaxacan woodcarving to discuss cultural displacement. Her research interests include curatorial methodologies of identity-based exhibitions, Texas Neo-Chicanoism, exhibition design and people of color zines and designer toys.

Vice President - Courtney Wilson

Courtney Wilson is in her second year pursuing her Master of Music in Music Education. In 2015, she graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a minor in theatre. While at Northwestern State, Courtney held many leadership positions in different organizations on campus, and is excited to take on this position. While at SMU, Courtney is a choral scholar at Northway Christian Church and is involved in the Young Music Educators’ Association. She was also a member of Meadows Chorale and studies privately with Professor Barbara Hill Moore.

Treasurer - Adrienne Shuster

Adrienne Schuster is a 2nd year graduate student pursuing her Masters in Music Education. Prior to attending SMU, Adrienne taught middle school band for six years. She is originally from Los Fresnos, Texas and received her Bachelors degree in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Secretary - Alyssa Barnes

Alyssa Barnes is earning her Masters degree in Vocal Performance at Southern Methodist University, where she studies with Professor Barbara Hill-Moore. A native Houstonian, Barnes completed her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. This past Spring, she performed the role of Pamina in the Meadows Opera Theatre production of The Magic Flute. A member of Meadows Chorale, Alyssa participated in a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion in Kansas City, Missouri at the 2016 ACDA National Conference, singing with the ensemble as well as soloistically. During Summer 2016, she played Laurey in the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Southern Methodist University collaborative production of Oklahoma! in Durban, South Africa. In that same summer, Alyssa also sang her first Contessa Almaviva in The Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival's production of Le Nozze di Figaro in Maiori, Italy. It is of strong importance to Barnes that Meadows artists are able to find funding to support their educational pursuits.

Public Relations Chair - Emily Wisner

My name is Emily Wisner and I am a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. I am a current graduate student in the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU. I studied Public Relations as an undergrad and am extremely excited to serve on the Meadows Graduate Student Council!

Staff/Faculty Advisor
Joe Hoselton, Director of Graduate Admissions & Institutional Research

Questions or Concerns? Contact MGSC by email at mgsc@smu.edu.

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