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My passion for music was slowly instilled in me from a very young age. I owe most, if not all, of this passion to my father, who exposed my twin sister and me to his own favorite artists and always encouraged us to practice music as we grew up. I, along with my sister, began playing flute at age 11 in 6th grade band, inspired partly by flute legend Ian Anderson (one of our father’s favorites).

I was fortunate enough to attend the summer camp Woodwinds at Wallowa Lake five years in a row while in junior high and high school, where I was immersed in classical and contemporary music studies for one week each summer. It was through my experience there that I began to develop a true admiration and appreciation for classical music.

In high school, as my interest in music grew, I began to also play bass guitar and formed a band with my sister called Test For Echo. After I graduated high school and began attending college at Pacific University, I decided to continue playing both flute and bass. My sophomore year I decided to pursue a minor in music, in addition to my major in creative writing. I began taking private lessons, something I’d never experienced, and joined the symphonic band, in addition to classes. My involvement with the music department and other programs and activities at Pacific has further established my love for playing, listening to, talking about and writing about music.

Now, my pursuits involving classical music, and music of all kinds, have led me to an internship with the wonderful staff at All Classical, and I look forward to experiencing where it will take me in the future.

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