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During the six-week program at AIMS, I received voice lessons and coachings. I also took my first German class and became attracted to the German language.  My affinity for German caused me to take a particular interest in its poetic-song companion, the Lied.  It is an aspect within standard solo vocal literature that I admire.  Mr. Harold Heiberg, my vocal coach at AIMS, who specialized in Lieder, taught me how to appreciate and utilize the language in song performance.  This was my first in-depth experience with song interpretation that illuminated musical collaborations not only between the poet and composer, but also between the singer and pianist.  It was an exciting time as a developing musician.