Faculty Profile: Hildy Schilling, Music

Posted by Andy Cunningham on September 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM


What is your educational background?

  • At Southern Methodist University, I majored in violin & viola performance and psychology, and earned a master’s degree in experimental psychology. I earned a PhD in cognitive psychology from UMass Amherst. 
How long have you been teaching at Fitchburg State University?
  • In 1999, I started teaching classes as an adjunct instructor, and in 2006 I began a tenure track position in the psychological science department.

What attracted you to teach at Fitchburg State?

  • I love that the emphasis is on excellent teaching – that faculty and staff are compassionate and focused on helping students. It is wonderful to have small classes with lively discussion in which students and faculty can exchange ideas.

Tell us about your program.

  • I conduct the Fitchburg State University Community Orchestra, a wonderfully-nice group of students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, who enjoy rehearsing and performing music together. The orchestra plays a variety of music (classical,folk, jazz, rock) and is open to all levels of ability, from beginner to professional musicians. We rehearse 6:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. 

What advice do you give to prospective students?

  • Join an ensemble if you can!  It’s a fun way to meet and spend time with awesome people and to develop a community of support. Playing music in an ensemble will likely help you to unwind, de-stress, and lift your mood. If you have any interest in joining an ensemble, please reach out to the directors with questions and consider observing/attending a rehearsal if you’re unsure about committing.

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