Ensemble(s): String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, CPSO
Years in CPIM: 4 years
What instrument do you play and why did you choose it?
I have been playing the viola for 8 years, and the violin for 1 year. I chose to play the viola because a lot of other students were picking violin and I wanted to do something different. I have fallen in love with the warm dark chocolate tone of the viola, and I think it is an absolutely gorgeous and powerful instrument.
What is your favorite thing about Instrumental Music at College Park?
My favorite thing about CPHS' music program is the community atmosphere that is built within ensembles. Every day I know that a wonderful group of inviting people are going to be in my music class, and it is a safe space for growth and positivity that would not be possible without Mr. J's glowing influence. I treasure the friendships that I have made in M-1, and I am incredibly grateful to have met a variety of people across my years in String/Chamber Orchestra.
What is your favorite memory from your time in the band or orchestra?
My favorite memory from my time in orchestra was the Candelight Concert in 2021. I performed a sonata in the super echo-ey church, so it sounded awesome! I also really loved that piece (Arpeggione Sonata by Schubert), and it was something that I had always looked forward to performing.
What are your plans after High School?
I plan to attend CSU Northridge to major in Music Performance on Viola in pursuit of a BM in Music, hopefully to pursue a career in symphonic playing, teaching, gigs, and recording music.
Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to pass down to younger musicians?
Succeeding in music does not mean being the best at your craft. Succeeding in music means that you are dedicated to listening to advice and guidance with the goal to grow and improve. It does not matter what your skill level is as long as you are willing to try.