Austin Philemon, of Charlotte, NC, graduated in May 2017 with degrees in German and Organ Performance. After completing his studies at UNC Charlotte, Austin plans to pursue a master’s degree in Organ Performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Austin hopes to get plugged into the music scene in the northeast and seek out a variety of solo and collaborative performance opportunities. As a Levine Scholar, Austin interned with a local opera company, where he learned about budgeting, logistics, and working with performances. As part of his civic engagement grant project, Austin produced, designed, and conducted a full opera, which put all of those real skills he acquired as a freshman to use. “UNC Charlotte could not have been a better environment to learn these skills, as it is an institution that very much encourages taking holding of your environment and making it your own.” Outside of coursework, Austin enjoyed creating and organizing silent movie screenings with live music for members of the community, and trying new foods throughout Charlotte and around the world.