Mounika Parimi graduated from the University of Redlands in April 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and music, summa cum laude, and departmental honors in music. During her time at Redlands, Mounika indulged in all of the opportunities that Redlands had to offer. Musically, she participated in several chamber ensembles including Madrigal Singers, Chapel Singers, and Bel Canto. She was part of a larger ensemble that sung Mozart’s requiem at Carnegie Hall. A student of Cindy Snyder, Mounika was instructed in private voice lessons and had the opportunity to sing in art song and aria recitals. Mounika spent a semester abroad in Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, Austria, where she continued to take voice lessons and attend world-class musical performances almost every week.
Mounika developed an interest in musicology and ethnomusicology whilst in Redlands, which led to the development of her research capstone and lecture- recital titled “Musical Mixes of ‘Classical’ India and the West: Exploring Novel Styles.” Her essay won her the Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award, allocated to a student for excellent research and critical thinking abilities. This project also awarded her departmental honors in music.
In addition to her musical achievements, Mounika immersed herself in the sciences. She performed research over two summers in developmental biology as a Norris grant recipient. Her work in the science department won her the Elaine Brubacher Award for demonstrating excellence in science. Her achievements in the liberal arts earned her membership into the national liberal arts society Phi Beta Kappa. With a passion for the medical field, Mounika plans to continue further studies with the goal of becoming a Medical Doctor or a Doctor of Osteopathy. Even though Mounika has chosen a career in science, she plans to continue singing by engaging in community ensembles and church choirs.