Musician of the Week: Kenny Silvern

Kenny Silvern

Kenny Silvern
Year: Third

Major: Music and Math Education Major

Hometown: Poughquag, N.Y.

When and why did you start playing cello?

I started playing the cello in elementary school. People said it was a mid-range instrument, so I picked the middle, which I often do.  Not the highest, not the lowest, but the middle. It was a good decision.

Who is your biggest influence?

Susan Seligman. I never had any real music teachers besides Susan. But I was always interested in learning how to play the cello really well.

Who have you been listening to lately?

Whatever comes on the radio. Mostly classical music, like Vivaldi, Bach, Dvořák.

What are you doing musically off campus

I played at a wedding and I played at my church. And I’m going to start teaching cello lessons to kids. 

What do you plan to do with the future?

My future goal is to be a lesson teacher. Also maybe play in something. That’d be good.

Any advice for aspiring musicians?

You should practice. Practice as much as you want to be good at your instrument. 

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