STRIKING THE PERFECT NOTE

Jay Mast came to Goshen College to become an actor and a pianist. What he found there led him to so much more. Jay says, “I’ve had the lead in a school musical, I’ve traveled with the student worship team, and I’m going to Tanzania as part of Goshen’s Study-Service Term program. That just doesn’t happen at a lot of other colleges. I really feel like Goshen is preparing me for my future.” Sometimes, the future arrives early – in his sophomore year, Jay was one of five winners of the annual Goshen College Concerto-Aria Competition. “I got to give a piano solo with the entire orchestra accompanying me. That was an incredible experience,” he says.

And that school musical he mentioned? That was Jay as the lead player in Goshen’s version of the long-running Broadway hit Pippin. He’s been in a few other productions, like 42nd Street (in a professional theater), Godspell, Brigadoon and Footloose, to name a few. Along the way, he’s learned Swahili, picked up the mandolin, and added Irish step dancing to his resume. Jay says, “At Goshen College you can get the best of most worlds. It’s small enough that you can get involved in a lot of different activities but big enough to give you lots of great opportunities. I’ve learned that being an arts major at Goshen College is about more than just creativity.”

—Jay Mast ’12; Goshen, Ind.; music and theater double major