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Columbia Missourian


By Elizabeth Jurczyk
April 11, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT


Despite his hectic schedule, Scott Clemens stays driven.

“I dutifully dash from one thing to another because I have a genuine enthusiasm for each aspect of my life,” he said.

Clemens, 21, from Chillicothe, is a music major at MU. With a double major in music education and music history, with an instrumental emphasis on piano and euphonium, he always has enough to keep him busy. Clemens is a member of several ensembles in the music department and teaches weekly piano lessons to community members.

Clemens is involved with residential life as a community adviser in Responsibility Hall. Next year, as a peer adviser, he will teach undergraduate music students in a freshman interest group.

Clemens is also co-directing the “Queer Monologues” this month. The play is in the same vein as the “Vagina Monologues,” Clemens said, because it is a series of experiences collected as an expression of what life is like for homosexuals.

“We wanted to do something to get the word out there,” he said. “It is brash and obnoxious at times but also detailed and thought-provoking.”

At last year’s debut, Clemens was cast to deliver a monologue. He said the performance was well-received.

“At first I was reluctant, and I had the most obnoxious and explicit monologue. I had to shout the word ‘sex’ right in the beginning,” he said. “But I understood that I was doing this for a reason that is beyond me.”

In the future, Clemens hopes to teach music at the college level and wants to try things outside of Missouri.

“Missouri has some good high school music programs, and MU has many wonderful facets to its music program,” Clemens said, “but for my graduate studies, I wish to experience other universities of music and come to terms with a new school of thought.”