A Q&A with Senior Vocal Music Major Dekarius Dawson

by | Oct 15, 2019 | Dean's Corner, Faces of Fulbright, Q & A, Student Success

Dekarius Dawson
Senior Majoring in Vocal Music

Dekarius Dawson was recently highlighted in the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center’s staff spotlight for all of his work with the center since 2016! He is also a member of the Inspirational Chorale, a song leader for the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity and part of the First-Generation Mentoring Program.

In this conversation, Dawson talks about his love of music and its transformational power, trying new things and being spontaneous, and his plans to work in education after graduation. 

Q: Tell us a little about your academic passions, research and/or what you’re studying within the college. What excites you about this?

I have always loved music and I love what music can do to a person.

The most exciting thing about singing for me is when someone tells me that they want to learn more about the song they would have just heard me perform.

The majority of the times when I perform, the bulk of music I would choose would be directly related to my culture and my background of Soul and Blues music I bring from my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. 

Q: How long have you been at Fulbright College? What have you enjoyed most about your time here?

I’ve been with Fulbright College since the fall of 2016. I’ve enjoyed being submerged in the culture within the college the most while I’ve been a student here. 

Q: What has your favorite class been so far and why?

My favorite class has been Jazz Improvisation because it helped me grow as a vocalist both in theory and performance. 

Q: What advice would you give to new students about to join the college?

Don’t be afraid to try new things and be spontaneous.

College is the place where mistakes will happen and with that being said just live and be the best you that you can be.

Besides, your parents aren’t nagging you anymore to wake up for school anymore. 

Q: What do you like to do during your time outside of the university?

I love to perform around Fayetteville and I especially enjoy tying out the eateries Fayetteville has to offer.

Q: When do you anticipate graduating, and what’s up next on the horizon for you?

December of 2019 (WOOO-PIG)! 

I plan on moving back home to work within education, particularly targeting the inner-city schools of the city. 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add or let readers know?

College will be a challenge but all you have to do is persevere. 


Andra Parrish Liwag

Director of Communications, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences 

479-575-4393 // liwag@uark.edu