Savannah Schaumburg studied music at University of Pugent Sound.
How did you discover your passion for music and your instrument?
I don't recall one specific moment where I discovered my passion for music, but I believe that several meaningful performances shared with great friends and mentors led to this discovery. Experiencing the joys of playing and collaborating in an ensemble to create something beautiful revealed my passion for music.
What's your favorite part about performing?
When performing in an ensemble, there are moments when the conductor and the players seem to forget everything that is happening that is not the music. The moment where you let the wall down and everything that is weighing you down is replaced with passion and art. My favorite part about performing is experiencing these moments.
What's the hardest part for you about performing?
The hardest part has to be remaining positive and not doubting your abilities when faced with a difficult piece or performance. Music is a competitive field and it's very easy to feel like you're not good enough. It takes a strong person to be able to set these insecurities aside.
Why did you pick this particular college?
I chose to attend the University of Puget Sound because I noticed that there was a strong sense of community and passion amongst the students and faculty which was exactly what I was looking for in an institution.
What has been your favorite part of this college?
Definitely the people. I have formed many great relationships with my fellow students that I would not trade for the world.
How do you think that this program will help in what you want to do next?
Going to a smaller school has allowed me to take on more in terms of performance opportunities and teaching opportunities. I have played music that I never would have dreamed of, and I have been a leader in multiple ensembles since I started as a freshman. These skills have given me more knowledge and leadership experience which I can use in my preparation of becoming a music educator.
Where do you imagine yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I imagine myself settled down in a school district teaching high school band. I would love to continue playing in an ensemble or freelancing if I manage to have any time to do that. Regardless, both teaching and playing the horn are in my future.