During her sophomore year, though, Bailey felt discouraged and wondered if opera was a good fit for her. Hoping to find direction, she asked her instructors about study abroad opportunities in music and even though she auditioned for many placements, she had dropped all her music classes, replacing them with business courses. Before long she was accepted to a month-long summer program in Italy, and an opportunity to study in Salzburg, Austria, so Bailey immediately switched her studies back to music.
"My summer in Italy was the best summer of my life," Bailey says. "I sang and studied music with world-class performers and teachers and it opened my eyes to opportunities that are out there."
During her fall term in Austria, Bailey learned and performed various repertoire but focused her attention on an aria from Handel's opera Giulio Cesare, "V'adoro, pupille." She performed it at North Central College's 2008 Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.
Bailey is involved in Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, theatre, New Visions summer camps and Concert Winds, where she plays French horn. She also was selected to participate in a master class with acclaimed operatic baritone Sherrill Milnes '56.
"Every time I meet with Linda Ogden Hagen (associate professor of music), she improves my singing," says Bailey. "If I'm discouraged, she knows just the right thing to say to inspire me and keep me positive."
The elements of student achievement are integrated into the College's culture through opportunities for student research, the College Scholars program, attendance at conferences, service opportunities, student life and athletics. Students are limited only by their own motivation and personal goals.