MAJOR: Piano Performance and Contemporary Music
HOMETOWN: Nicholville, N.Y.
What is your instrument of choice? Why?
Piano. I’ve always liked it and I’m obsessed with it. I started playing in seventh grade. I tried teaching myself at first and then I started taking lessons.
Who are you currently listening to?
My senior recital is coming up so I’m listening to a lot of who I’m playing: Brahms, Debussy. Matthew Good too, he’s Canadian.
Who are your main influences?
My piano teachers that I’ve had. My teacher here has totally changed the way I play. I saw Hiromi a few weeks ago and it was so inspiring. It made me either want to quit or practice more.
What do you do with music on/off-campus?
I play clarinet in the symphonic band and piano in a chamber ensemble. I also work as a church organist. And I have five students in Highland Falls. I have a senior recital on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m.
What will you do with your degree?
I applied to grad school for music education. I got into Crane to be a band teacher. I’d like to continue teaching piano privately and just get better and better at piano. I’d like to teach high school and eventually college level.