In addition to holding down a rigorous academic schedule, 18-year old Theodora Mautz plays piano and sings with the Pacific Youth Choir. She tells us that she makes room in her life for music because she seeks a feeling of “zal” – that’s a Polish word Chopin used for his music which explains that soaring, aching feeling –goosebumps— that you might get while listening to a particularly beautiful piece of music. In this episode of On Deck we’ll hear more about “zal” as it pertains to Theodora.
Theodora is a pole-vaulter and loves Peter Pan. She attributes her deep love of music to her Chinese-born mother, and also credits her teachers Mia Hall Miller, Angela Niederloh and Paula Watt.
Theodora is also involved with Mission: Citizen, a free citizenship education program to legal residents living in the Portland Metropolitan area.