Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects



Additional Departmental Affiliation

Philosophy and Religion

Document Type



As part of my study-abroad experience during the fall of 2018, I was awarded a Benjamin H. Gilman Scholarship. One of the components of this nationally competitive scholarship was to complete a follow-on service project to share my experiences abroad with a wider audience and give back to the community. My project was to bring my harp and a DSLR camera and film 4-5 music videos, contextualizing Scottish music in the Scottish landscape and capture, at least a little bit, a sense of what it was to be abroad. The final project consists of four videos, each one highlighting a story, song, or place that I discovered while in Scotland. The first one is Thomas the Rhymer, a border ballad filmed in the Eildon Hills. The second is a Gaelic lullaby, Ba ba mo leanabh or ‘sleep, sleep my child’ in English. The third is a 12th century Latin hymn from Orkney, and the final video is an original composition setting the words of Sir Walter Scott’s Lay of the Last Minstrel to music.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Walker Rutledge, Jeffrey Rice, Chris Keller


Film and Media Studies | Music | Photography

thomastrue8.mp4 (90158 kB)
Thomas the Rhymer

baba4.mp4 (70411 kB)
Ba ba mo leanabh

stmagnus2.mp4 (95993 kB)
Hymn to St. Magnus

melrose.mp4 (121871 kB)
Melrose by Moonlight