UMass String Program
Student Spotlight 🌟 Erin (@erinthom394) is a second year master’s student and TA in viola (she’s also running this account)! Here are her answers to her own questions:
Q: Who is your favorite composer?
A: Dmitri Shostakovich ❤️
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: Go for long walks, read, yoga, and travel
Q: What is your favorite concert that you’ve ever attended or played in?
A: In high school, my orchestra played Finlandia in the Rock Church in Helsinki. The audience was so enthusiastic and I’ll never forget it. I also attended a Brooklyn Rider string quartet concert a few years ago in which they performed their album, Healing Modes. I came to the concert in a terrible mood and left feeling awestruck and inspired- it was a great reminder of how powerful music can be!
Q: What is your advice to any students auditioning for music school this year?
A: Keep a steady head and try not to let little mistakes bother you! The people judging your playing will focus more on the good things. You’ll end up at the right school in the end 🙂
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