A: I started playing viola at the age of 9 in my elementary school’s music program.
A: The viola has had a significant impact on my life. Primarily, it has taught me that I am capable of working really hard at something. I can set a goal that seems quite lofty and work towards achieving it. In the same breath, I can also say that the viola has taught me to keep going. Playing the viola is the hardest thing I do and not much about it comes easy to me. And in spite of the lows I have experienced in pursing my goals, I’ve learned to bounce back and keep pushing.
A: I chose the program at the University of Memphis because of everything it has to offer. I have a desire to be an orchestral musician and I want to continue to refine my playing. Having the opportunity to play with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra while simultaneously getting an Artist Diploma at the University of Memphis is directly in line with my goals.
A: Besides viola, I really love cooking. I’m vegan and like to try and create new recipes. I also enjoy podcasting. I have a podcast called Classically Black Podcast where my friend and I talk about classical music from the Black perspective. When I’m not doing those two things, I like traveling, boxing, and learning French!
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