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Category: Arts Program Testimonials

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 ...

Posted July 26, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Boston Conservatory at Berklee: Rachelle Miller

Rachelle Miller plays trumpet and is a student at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She describes improvisation as the “alter ego” to her role as a classical musician. Tell us how you discovered a passion for improvisation. I think I have been improvising ever since I picked up the trumpet, though at the time, I didn’t really know that what I was doing was a kind of improvisation. When I got to Boston Conservatory at Berklee, I heard about Pierre Hurel’s Improvisation Workshop, and took it as a music elective. The class focuses on a non-idiomatic style of improvisation, meaning that ...

Posted July 25, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Ava Wichser is a student at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Art

Ava Wichser is studying dance at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. How did you discover your passion for dance? I discovered my passion for dance when I first started dancing at a serious level, but every day I find more and more passion as I dance. There is so much to achieve and there is always room to push yourself and expect greater things. Always reaching for more sparked my passion. What's your favorite thing about performing? When you perform, it is the only thing that matters. Being completely present and sharing your art ...

Posted July 19, 2018, 9 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Theatre School at DePaul University: Garrett Young

Garrett Young is studying acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University. I chose DePaul for so many reasons, but I’ll list a few of them: Chicago is hands down the greatest city to study theater, the artistic community here is rich and vibrant; seeing professors and alumni work on phenomenal shows inspires me. The conservatory training here is intense. I wanted a school that was going to push me miles outside of my habitual sweet spots, and my teachers don’t let me get away with any bull. 100 percent of admitted Theatre School students receive a scholarship, and that ...

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