Pronouns Used: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Violin Performance
Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.
My favorite experience was my first orchestra performance freshman year at Sanders Theatre at Harvard. We had a great program: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Florence Price’s The Oak, and Mason Bates’s The B-Sides, in which [Bates] came to perform live with us. I really enjoyed how we performed classical as well as a bit of contemporary music, and my first orchestra performance will always hold a special place in my Conservatory experience.
When you think about your favorite class so far, what is one example of why you enjoyed it?
I enjoyed the involvement of scores in my music history classes, in particular, how we would follow along to the score while listening to a piece right after discussing it in lecture. Adding the visual reference enhanced the discussion material, and some of these works were pieces I have either performed in the past or was preparing to play.
What is your favorite part about studying and living in Boston?
I love how anywhere is accessible either by walking or taking the T. There is always something new to discover, and Boston is filled with so many different kinds of music, people, and places.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone applying to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee?
Be confident in your craft and focus on how you can become the best version of yourself, especially throughout the audition process.
Where is your favorite place on campus?
The Albert Alphin Library in 8 Fenway. I love the character and atmosphere of the library. It’s always a great place to spend time in.
Why did you choose Berklee?
I took a trial lesson with my current instructor, Professor Sharan Leventhal, prior to auditioning and absolutely loved her teaching style. She was an important part of my decision to attend. It was also outstanding knowing the ways in which Boston Conservatory emphasizes contemporary music, in addition to classical, supporting growth into becoming a well-versed 21st-century musician.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I intend on continuing my education either through attending graduate school or participating in an orchestral training program. Though I’m still figuring out where geographically I’ll be, it has been wonderful living in Boston.
What have you enjoyed most about the live shows you’ve been involved in at Berklee?
The energy that happens prior to a performance, right before walking on stage and after a dress rehearsal, is always exhilarating. There is unparalleled dynamics performing with your fellow peers.
Where do you hope to perform this coming year?
I’m looking forward to returning to campus and performing not only in Conservatory spaces, but also throughout the Boston area, such as at Harvard and MIT. Performing in Symphony Hall would also be a dream.