Michael Wahlquist

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Robert Michael Wahlquist completed a bachelor's degree in music at Brigham Young University-Idaho. He then received his master's degree in music from Brigham Young University in 2013.

In 2011, he composed space2 as part of the Heloise Crista Project, funded by the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts. Heloise Crista is a former dancer who switched to sculpting part-way through her life. Her sculptures capture a sense of motion, and counter balance, and balance. They are also unique representations of womanhood, family, and are deeply spiritual. Pam Musil, Associate Professor in the Modern Dance Division of the Department of Dance, was amazed when she saw Crista's work and decided to head a dance concert based on the different sculptures.

That same year, Wahlquist attended the annual Barlow Summit and interned with the Barlow Board of Advisors for the year's Barlow Prize and Commissions judging.

Also in 2011, Wahlquist had the opportunity to participate in the Matthew Coley Residency Project, funded by the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts. The project brought award-winning percussionist Matthew Coley to BYU for a few days. While he was at the school he performed new pieces composed by Professor Neil Thornock and composition students.

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