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Branden Olsen '17
Fourth-year Music student Branden Olsen is the first Dean of Arts intern, working with Dr. Elizabeth Wells during the summer and the 2016-17 academic year.

Supported by the Campbell-Verduyn Fund, the new student position in the Dean’s office is the first of its kind at Mount Allison and one of the first in Canada. Olsen will be working with Wells on research and arts-related events throughout the year.

“I was interested in pursuing studies around academic administration, in addition to my Music degree,” says Olsen, a fourth-year voice student from Quispamsis, NB. 
“Dr. Wells and I discussed different opportunities and came up with the idea of an internship. It’s my first ‘admin’ type job that isn’t completely focused on Music and I am learning so much in this role.”

Olsen will be assisting Wells with a number of Arts-related events and initiatives on campus, giving him valuable experiential learning opportunities.

Along with working in the Dean’s office, Olsen performed in the Halifax Summer Opera Festival this year, with fellow Mount Allison Music students D’Arcy Blunston (’16) and Dominic Williams (’17).

Olsen is also heavily involved in the community, as a board member for the Sackville Early Music Festival, President of the Mount Allison Music Student Society, as choir director for St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, and also teaches voice and piano.