Pitzer Spotlights

2004-2005 Spotlight Archives

Jennie Gubner '05 Named Watson and Fulbright Fellow

Jennie GubnerAt five, she decided to become a violinist to the astonishment of everyone in her family.

Pitzer College senior Jennie Gubner has been named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow for 2005-2006. Her project’s title is “Searching for the Souls of Tango: A Violinist’s Journey” and will take her to countries in South America and Western, Eastern and Northern Europe.

Jennie sums up her travel and study plans: “Embarking with my violin on a musical treasure hunt through South America, Western, Eastern and Northern Europe, I will explore the ever changing culture of tango music and its relationship to other popular music cultures. After immersing myself in the contemporary culture of tango in South America, I will follow tango’s roots back to Europe to study musical styles that influenced its beginnings. I will then explore the way in which tango has traveled back to Europe and has been integrated into the popular music cultures of Serbia, Italy, Spain, France and Finland.”

The Fulbright Fellow awarded to Jennie is to study tango violin at a music school and through writings, interviews, photography and recordings compile a living history of tango violinists in Buenos Aires.

Jennie's major is Intercultural Studies through Language and Music. She also spent a semester in Brazil through Pitzer's External Studies program. After graduation from Pitzer College, she will continue to study in the fields of ethnomusicology and romance languages. After the Watson, Gubner said she may move to New York to study tango violin for a year and pursue a position in the field of international music using her language skills. Eventually, she will attend graduate school in ethnomusicology.