While some focus on perfecting one talent, freshman Lowell Schipper has multiple talents and passions.
He started playing hockey when he was three years old, he picked up baseball just a couple years later and balanced both of them growing up. During his junior year of high school, Schipper hung up his skates following an injury.
Away from the diamond and the ice, Schipper has another love: music.
Schipper, who was selected to the California Honor Orchestra twice, traveled across Europe playing viola with his high school orchestra. This was no ordinary trip to Europe though, Schipper and his fellow musicians played at the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam along with many other prominent musical venues in Germany, Prague and Vienna.
“We got a standing ovation [at the Royal Concertgebouw] and it was just spectacular,” he said. “It was a great experience.”
Schipper’s passion for music didn’t stop when he came to the University of Richmond. When he was walking through the Commons one day he saw that there was acapella tryouts, so he decided he would give it a shot.
“I’ve always loved to sing so I decided to go tryout,” he said. “I got called back a couple times and now I’m part of the Octaves. Over fall break we went on Fall Tour at UNC, College of Charleston and West Virginia. It was really cool.”
A native of Santa Monica, California, Schipper always had a vision getting away for college. When he was touring schools that had extended offers to him to play baseball, there was one school that stood out and checked off everything on his list.
“Richmond fit exactly what I was looking for,” he said. “It was small, the brick, and a solid academic school.”
Along with moving to a new coast and making the transition to college, Schipper learned quickly that time is a critical part of college, and student-athletes are on a more structured schedule.
“In high school we didn’t really have a structured schedule, so it’s nice to have coaches that really care about you, and how well you’re doing,” he said. “They put a lot of time into it and you can tell they really care. It gives you an extra incentive to give that extra push.”
Schipper joins all college baseball players with a dream of making it to Omaha.
“I love to win, so I’m ready,” he said.
Schipper and the Spiders open the season on Friday, February 17 at defending national champion, Coastal Carolina.