CLASS OF 2013

Passion for music will carry Brookland-Cayce senior into future

May 30, 2013 

Emma Young

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  • About this series

    This is the last in a series of Q&As with some Midlands high school seniors representing a range of interests — from athletics to academics to service — reflecting on the past four years and looking ahead.

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Emma Young

School: Brookland-Cayce High

Graduation date: May 31

We understand you have a passion for music. Tell us about that.

Young: There’s just nothing better than coming together with others and making music. It’s indescribable. I write quotes about music on the board in the chorus room every day, and one of my favorites is, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent,” by Victor Hugo.

We’ve been told you play five instruments. Which ones?

Young: The piano, pipe organ, violin, clarinet and guitar

What was the first instrument you started playing?

Young: I began violin lessons when I was 8 years old. My mother tells me I was very talented, but all I can remember is that “O Holy Night” got the best of me. I couldn’t stop screeching on the high notes!

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Top five best songs ever written?

Young:

1. “3 x 5” by John Mayer. I love the message of this song. It’s about experiencing life in person, not trying to capture every moment on camera. Most of the time, pictures can’t do a beautiful moment justice.

2. “Some Nights” by fun. It’s so upbeat and catchy. I love singing the “oh-woah-oh”s at the top of my lungs!

3. “Fix You” by Coldplay. I listen to this song when I’m sad. The lyrics are comforting.

4. “Chant de Paix” by Langlais. This is an organ piece I played for most of my music auditions this year. The title means “Song of Peace,” and that’s just what it sounds like.

5. “White Blank Page” by Mumford and Sons. Harmonizing to this song is a lot of fun, and I love the hemiola.

Tell us about one of your proudest moments in music in high school.

Young: The Brookland-Cayce Honors Choir recently participated in a competition in Georgia. It was one of the bigger competitions we have ever done, and we were also singing the hardest music we had ever sung together as a choir. We rehearsed and rehearsed, until we were singing Hungarian in our sleep. All our hard work paid off when we received a gold rating at the competition. We also really bonded as a choir that weekend. I was proud not only of my choir’s skill, but our ability to get along and have fun together.

Tell us about your plans after graduation.

Young: I am attending the University of South Carolina and majoring in music education. I want to become either an elementary school music teacher or perhaps an upper level choral director. Music has been such a large part of my life thus far, and I can’t imagine it being any other way in the future.

If you could only keep one object from high school for a box of treasured possessions, what would it be?

Young: Oh, my lunch table, definitely. It has all my friends! And it usually has food on it.

What’s the biggest life lesson you learned from a teacher?

Young: The show must go on! I’ve seen my chorus teacher, Mrs. Humphries, hurdle numerous obstacles such as illness and bureaucratic red tape to make a performance happen. She has had her foot in a cast for a year now, and still manages to teach us choreography. Through her devotion and persistence, she has taught me to never let anything stand in the way of accomplishment.

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