Major: Music Education
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
LISTEN TO THE MUSIC: When Fe Miranda (they/them/theirs) signed up to sing for their middle school talent show on a whim, they didn’t know music and the arts would end up changing their life. “Something clicked and I wanted to keep doing it forever,” says Miranda. “I want to share music and the arts with students and young people who may not have access, and help students feel like part of the community.”
FINDING A PLACE: Miranda believes in the transformative power of the arts and says music also helped them find themselves. “[Being part of musical theater] was the first time I’d been around a lot of LGBTQ [people] and people of color. It helped me be more confident in myself and what I wanted to do in college and as a career.”
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Miranda’s favorite musical is In the Heights. “It’s one of the only mainstream musicals that accurately represents the Latinx experience in America and has a full cast of people of color. Being Puerto Rican, it’s so empowering to see people like me on stage, behind the scenes, and making art. It makes me want to have an impact like that on others.”
ON THE MASON STAGE: Since coming to Mason, Miranda has performed in several concerts with University Chorale and University Singers. In the spring they were an assistant stage manager for the Mason Players production of Men on Boats, which was cancelled due to coronavirus. “I am more interested in the behind-the-scenes organizational aspects of the performing arts, and I hope I get more opportunities to be involved in those areas.”
CREATING INCLUSIVE SPACES: Miranda is also passionate about creating other kinds of inclusive spaces, particularly as a Patriot Leader and member of several music and LGBTQ+ organizations on campus, such as Pride Alliance. “I became a Patriot Leader along the same lines as why I want to be an educator. I wanted to make incoming students feel comfortable and welcome and accepted at Mason, and the Office of New Student and Family Programs is one of the most accepting and inclusive spaces on campus.”
LOOKING FORWARD: There are still areas of growth needed for the LGBTQ+ community at Mason, Miranda says, but they remain thankful. “My absolute favorite thing about Mason is the number of places where you can build community. You can really branch out and do whatever you want.”