Artwork focus: Brainerd Excessive Faculty Band.
Adviser nomination: “Erin is a superb musician and chief in Wind Symphony. She is the principal flute and piccolo participant in addition to a band officer. Her considerate and optimistic vitality is contagious in our ensemble.”
Memorable fantastic arts achievement: Performing a digital, livestreamed live performance on account of COVID-19 this previous fall as a flutist within the Central Lakes Wind Symphony.
Artist most admired: Jasmine Choi.
Different fantastic arts actions: Central Lakes Wind Symphony, CLC Woodwind Ensemble.
Why did you select the flute? “I selected to play the flute the summer time earlier than sixth grade. Humorous sufficient, that was the one instrument I might truly play, so I didn’t have an excessive amount of of a selection. I actually did love the flute. After I began, I used to be not a great flutist, however because of classes with Mrs. Moats, one of many Forestview Center Faculty band administrators, and after a number of painful observe I actually developed my abilities. And now I’m the principal flutist in Wind Symphony, the highest band at the highschool.”
What did you battle with at first? “The flute is fairly tough within the quantity of air that it takes, although it’s such a small instrument. After which having a selected embouchure to provide a gorgeous track. I did a number of workout routines out of books and scale work. … It wasn’t a number of fancy workout routines, it was all fairly primary, however simply doing these repeatedly, and at a top quality helped me enhance my sound and play.”
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You play the piccolo as effectively? “I additionally play the piccolo, which you’d assume is a straightforward transition from the flute to the piccolo, however it isn’t. The piccolo is increased pitched, it’s a smaller instrument, it’s loads tougher to tune and to maintain it in tune. So it’s positively a giant problem for me this 12 months to advance my taking part in as a piccolo participant.
“I used to be first launched to it in ninth grade, however after becoming a member of Wind Symphony in tenth grade, I ended taking part in the piccolo for about two years and I began up once more round March.
After I first began taking part in the piccolo in ninth grade it was as a result of there was an eight measure solo and the trainer requested me if I’d be prepared to select it up and study it. It wasn’t too tough.”
What’s the largest problem you’re going through along with your devices? “I’d say my biggest problem over the previous 12 months has been … making ready myself for enjoying at a school stage band. The way in which I’ve been working in the direction of that’s attempting to set a extra constant observe routine regardless of a busy schedule. I additionally joined the Central Lakes Wind Symphony and Woodwind Ensemble this previous fall, which helps give me one other look into an higher stage band outdoors of Wind Symphony at the highschool.”
The place do you intend to go to varsity? “Both Gustavus Adolphus Faculty or Concordia Faculty, Moorhead. I need to be a CPA (licensed public accountant).”
You’re not majoring in music? “Music just isn’t my main however it’s one thing I’ve a very nice ardour for. It’s a nice stress reliever. For many individuals, sports activities, listening to music or studying are good methods to alleviate stress and for me it’s taking part in my flute. I really like spending my time taking part in it by myself and with an ensemble. I do know subsequent 12 months faculty lessons shall be hectic and I’ll have a busy schedule, so I need to proceed to play.”
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You are also a band officer? “I’ve two management positions inside the band. I’m the flute part chief, which is slightly bit completely different with distance studying. I typically lead sectionals, assist with particular person observe and being the go-to individual if they’ve any questions. Along with that, I used to be not too long ago elected because the Wind Symphony vp. We now have weekly board conferences with Mr. Fogderud, the band director. There are 5 officers and we focus on methods wherein we will enhance digital conferences throughout distance studying. We additionally plan social get-togethers just about to assist promote a neighborhood really feel within the band and to assist introduce the underclassmen to the upperclassmen.
How do you keep motivated with distance studying? “Even for me — somebody who’s very devoted in the direction of music who has a transparent future define that includes music — it’s laborious to search out motivation to observe once we’re not often assembly in individual for rehearsals, and we don’t actually have set live performance dates. So due to this, it’s tougher to search out motivation and that drive to observe persistently. Just lately, since we began the brand new 12 months I’ve some new tasks I’m engaged on and that has actually helped me. “What I’m doing is there may be this actually well-known flute solo guide with music by French composers … and each month in 2021 I’m attacking a special solo on this guide. These aren’t any simple solos, they’re fairly difficult. They’ve completely different keys, accidentals and types that I’m not used to. Doing a special solo each month is a powerful motivator for me.”
Favourite film: “Hidden Figures.”
Favourite TV present: “New Woman.”
Favourite guide: “Little Ladies” by Louisa Might Alcott.
Most treasured possession: My first flute that I bought in sixth grade.
Worst music: Rap.
Favourite track: “Bought It In You” by BANNERS.
Favourite restaurant: On the Rocks at Grand View Lodge.
Favourite topics: Band and math.
Good meal: Grilled rooster sandwich and facet salad.
Largest pet peeve: Sluggish walkers.
Golf equipment: Member and treasurer of Key Membership.
Hobbies: Music, Spanish, baking and touring.
Dad and mom: Julie Host and Doug Host, Brainerd.
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