University of Southern California
How did you choose your instrument?
I come from a very musical family, and when it came time to pick an instrument, I told my parents I wanted to play drum set (because who doesn’t want to be a rock star?). I had already received numerous complaints from my elementary school teachers about my incessant tapping on my desk, pencil box, etc. When my mom brought me to my first lesson, the teacher put me in front of a marimba, an instrument I had neither seen nor heard before. All I knew was that no rockstars played it. After some initial coxing by my parents, I took to the marimba and eventually all the classical percussion instruments…and I still got to learn some drums set!
What piece are you most excited to play this upcoming season?
What have you learned from AYS so far and what are you hoping to gain from AYS in the future?
I have learned from AYS that the experience of playing in an orchestra transcends the rehearsal and performance process. To be a member of the orchestra is to be a member of a wonderful community. I have responsibilities to my section and to the entire orchestra. I have to support them with both my playing and my actions outside the rehearsal room/concert hall, and it is truly a privilege to do so. This year, I am particularly excited about the community outreach that the orchestra will be participating in. I passionately believe that music should not merely serve itself, but should serve the community at large. Once again, AYS is affording us a wonderful opportunity to give back to our community and I’m certain that this year (sadly my final year with the orchestra) will be the most fulfilling yet.