In celebration of our 60th anniversary, we will feature NSMS alumni as part of our Alumni Spotlight series throughout 2020.
Which years were you at NSMS?
I was a student at NSMS from 2007-2016.
Who was your teacher?
Todd Van Kekerix, Fiona Christano, Amy Glennon
What is a favorite NSMS memory?
My favorite NSMS memory is playing a trio with my mom and sister. It was an incredibly fun way to make music together, and it even involved switching places at the piano bench!
What are you doing now?
I am a student at the College of William and Mary where I am studying International Relations and Spanish. This year I sang in the W&M Choir, and next year I hope to sing in an a cappella group.
Here is a link to a recent virtual choir performance I participated in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6Jv9sLGWwY
What role does your education at NSMS play in your life today?
I’m so grateful for my music education at NSMS. Although I no longer take piano lessons, the music theory and listening skills I learned at NSMS have helped me tremendously in choirs I have been a part of. I still sit down to play piano for fun or as a way to destress - I can pull out my old music and exercise my brain and ear as I work through it again. Moreover, NSMS introduced me to a wide range of composers from around the world, both historic and contemporary. I love listening to music and having the knowledge to recognize its composer or period, or to notice if it has been influenced by a previous work.
We are so pleased to hear that you continue to be involved in music, Millie!
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