School: Juneau-Douglas High School.
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Art of choice: Band, French horn.
Reason: "I tried all of the different instruments from my Dad's shop, Juneau Brass and Winds, and settled on horn, because I had a good sound on it, and it felt fairly natural to me."
Experience: Approximately six years.
All in the family: "Both my dad and I play French horn, and my mom was a percussionist and organist when she was younger. She is still an excellent pianist."
Favorites: "I love listening to the American Horn Quartet, the Boston Brass, the Boston Pops and the London Horn Sound. I also love listening to action movie soundtracks."
Future plans: "I hope to someday be a studio horn player doing soundtracks for movies." She wants to attend college and get a Bachelor of Music in French horn performance and another major or minor in Russian language and literature.
Activites: National Honor Society, singing at St. Paul's with friends, Russian, tennis, Chamber Singers, Jazz Choir, the JDHS Woodwind Quintet, possibly a Brass Quintet in the near future, the Juneau Symphony, the Student Symphony and the Opera to Go! production of "Tosca."
Wacky art: "To be able to use a Russian degree and music performance degree together in the same occupation - I am still trying to figure this out myself!"
You should know: "I am a huge Spider-Man fan and enjoy 'everything omelets' from Douglas Cafe."
Her band teacher Ken Guiher says: "She has been a student of mine since she was in eighth grade. She is an amazing French horn player. She has been lead horn for three years. She has been in All State for two years, All Northwest Music Festival for one year and in the Southeast Alaska Honor Music Festival for four years. She has also volunteered to re-organize the band library which includes around 1,500 files of music. This is an amazing example of dedication to an organization. She is a serious minded musician and is a delight to have in class."
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