Where are you from and what is your major?
Piano performance major
What are your interests/activities/ensembles at Lawrence?
Concert Choir, Appletones a Capella group, rehearsal accompanist for the campus musical, member of the "Top Secret Music Piano Quartet"
What repertoire are you working on right now?
Concerto in G by Maurice Ravel, Excursions by Samuel Barber, Un Sospiro by Franz Liszt, Fireworks by Claude Debussy, Nocturne Op. 48 No. 1 and Etude Op. 25 No. 4 by Frederic Chopin
What's the best concert you've attended at Lawrence?
I really enjoyed the Wu Han, Philip Setzer, and David Finckel trio my freshman year, and Eighth Blackbird this year was really great. Another concert that I want to mention was the performance of Steve Reich's "Music For 18" that I had the opportunity to be involved with this year. I didn't get to have the experience of watching this concert as an observer, but being part of the concert as a performer was a really incredible experience and pushed my musical boundaries in many ways. Also, I had the opportunity to see Evgeny Kissin perform a recital in Chicago fall term this year. I know that wasn't at Lawrence, but it happened during the Lawrence school year and I went with friends from Lawrence so close enough! Also, it was absolutely incredible so I felt like I had to mention it.
What's been your favorite memory at Lawrence?
Hanging out with friends in practice rooms when I should be practicing. :)
What drew you to Lawrence?
I began taking private lessons with Michael Mizrahi my senior year and I just felt that attending Lawrence and studying with him would be the best way to prepare me for graduate studies. I didn’t think that I would find a better fit with any professor anywhere else.
What are your plans for life after Lawrence?
I plan on attending graduate school in piano performance. After that I am not really sure; maybe some time off performing solo/collaborative music, and maybe pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree eventually.
I am very excited to have the opportunity to study abroad fall term next year in Milan, Italy! I will be part of a piano studio there and am excited to be taking photography and a cooking class taught by an Italian chef as well as some other interesting classes.