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Category: Arts Program Testimonials

Posted Aug. 28, 2018, 11:51 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Northeastern University: Vanessa Gregorhik

Vanessa Gregorhik is studying for a BFA in Graphic and Information Design at Northeastern University. What got you interested in graphic design? I’ve always been passionate about people and places. I grew up exploring with a notebook in one hand, a nonfiction read in the other. Sharing stories and communicating experiences were at the forefront of my interests, and throughout school that took form in journalism, art, and writing. It took until college for me to realize that the combination of those subjects was the heart of graphic design. What do you like about the College of Arts, Media and ...

Posted Aug. 23, 2018, 12:11 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Stevenson University: Stephen Schlegel

Stephen Schlegel is studying graphic design at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, MD. From an early age, Stephen Schlegel fell into the mindset of a creator, evolving from sloppy paintings to iPhone photography, and eventually to digital photography and graphic design. Stephen’s favorite part of the process is being able to physically hold something that was once only a vision in his mind, and see it through start to finish. Additionally, being able to witness people interact with his work and voice their opinions about it makes the process that much more satisfying. Although it isn’t always a bad thing, ...

Posted Aug. 23, 2018, 12:11 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The University of Tampa: Lisa Marie Lebron

Lisa Marie Lebron studies voice and music education at the University of Tampa. What got you into music? I have loved music since I was little. When I was in middle school I joined the choir and then I got involved in musical theater during high school. What is it you like about performing? My favorite part of performing is seeing the joy in people’s faces. Getting a reaction out of the audience during the performance keeps my energy going, even through my seven-minute arias. What’s the hardest part about performing? The hardest part about performing is learning to trust ...

Posted Aug. 21, 2018, 9:46 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Hartt School: Sydney Apel

Sydney Apel is studying music management at The Hartt School, the conservatory at the University of Hartford. What do you love about music? I hardly know myself without music. Violin and performance has been a part of my life since I was five years old, and when you do something so life-consuming for so long, it becomes difficult to imagine a future without it. Why did you decide to study music management? When I began looking at colleges, I instinctually looked at performance degrees, not certain that’s what I wanted, or even needed. I knew that I wanted my life ...

Posted Aug. 21, 2018, 9:44 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts: Josh Opper

Josh Opper studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, located in New York and Los Angeles. Why did you choose the Academy? After my three years of training at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. As soon as you start your classes you begin to transform into, not just an actor, but also into a more well-rounded and thoughtful human being. I chose the Academy after looking into many different acting programs. When I saw the deep-rooted history of this school, I wanted to be a part of it. However, I ...

Posted Aug. 11, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Clayton Mathews studies opera at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Clayton Mathews is studying opera at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. How did you discover your passion for opera? It is coming up on 10 years since I sang my first note. At that time, opera was never a field that I was ambitious about. The only thing that I knew about opera was hearing Elmer Fudd singing “Kill the Wabbit” about the cartoon character Bugs Bunny, and it turns out he’s singing Wagner. To this day I still don’t believe that this is the reality of my life. Being a baseball player for as long as ...

Posted Aug. 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Art Sonia Richman

Sonia Richman is majoring in music education at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. How did you discover your passion for music? I discovered my passion for playing flute through watching and listening to the Cleveland Orchestra as a child. Once I decided to play the flute, I fell in love with performing and took advantage of every incredible performing opportunity that came my way. It’s always such a rewarding experience. What’s your favorite part about performing? My favorite part about performing is the feeling of singing through my flute and playing my heart out. When I am ...

Posted Aug. 1, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Wayne State University: Shannon Kurzyniec

Shannon Kurzyniec studies the Fine Arts at Wayne State University. How did you first get interested in art? There has always been a passion within me for creating – it is a driving factor in all that I do. At a young age I began to wonder how things were made and how could I recreate them. My mom would teach me how to crochet or paint and I became addicted to doing it. What’s your favorite part about creating? My favorite part about creating something new is knowing that it did not exist in the world before – a ...

Posted July 30, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Studio School: Kelsey Weinstein

Kelsey Weinstein is studying conteporary musical theater and film at Studio School in Los Angeles. How did you discover your passion for theater? I was lucky enough to be raised in a theater. I was singing and dancing as soon as I could walk and talk, and I never turned back. Coming from a musical theater family, I fell in love with the prospect of telling stories through song and dance, and after my first show at the age of 5, I knew that this was what I needed to be doing with my life. It wasn’t until my first ...

Posted July 27, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Moores School of Music: Kyle Rivera

Kyle Rivera is studying viola and composition at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. How did you discover your passion for viola and composition? I love to compose because the ability to create and capture my view of the world is the most emotionally liberating thing for me. I played the viola casually through high school but my entire outlook on it changed after I heard Wayne Brooks play. I was amazed by his incredibly dark and expressive sound. It was my first time being exposed to a “viola sound” and it completely changed the way ...

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