Hometown: Blaine, Minn.
Piece: Edward MacDowell — Praeludium From the First Modern Suite, Op. 10
Why do you love to perform?
I love to perform because I love to see the joy that my music brings to the audience. It gives me a feeling of happiness that I can perhaps bring peace to one's mind. I think music can be an escape from day to day struggles. I also love the possibility of introducing someone to a work or composer that they may not have heard of before. Additionally, I often educate the audience by talking to them about pieces that I perform at a concert. I think it gives them a better understanding of the piece and thus, they enjoy the piece more. It is also important to me to perform at places such as nursing homes and the like. I feel a need and a want as a performer to give back to the community. To me, performing is not just about the notes on the page, but connecting with the audience. It is important for me that I connect emotionally with the audience and draw them into the music. Performing is an integral part of my life as a musician, and I truly love it.