Hometown: Faribault, Minn.
Piece: John Duke — Loveliest of Trees
Why do you love to perform?
Ever since I stepped in my high school life here, my outgoing personality got hidden. Somehow, singing played a big part in this process. For so many times, feeling like a ghost mingling around, I sobbed quietly in bed but tried to hide my fragile mindset in public. At ninth grade's Final Recital in a performance studio, I needed to sing to my audiences within 30 feet. I observed their emotions for the first time during my song, Colors of the Wind. Somehow, their smiling raised my dopamine, pulling me out of the dark to the spot light. Since then, Trying to raise my voice in choir, I also started fitting myself into the characters in songs. Singing Much More from The Fantasticks, I tried to be the naive Luisa dreaming for fantasies in life; performing the song Spelling Bee, I became a nerd, aiming for the success in the Putnam County spelling competition; acting in Sound of Music, I was in search of love and responsibilities as the sixteen-year-old Liesl. The characters I performed re-engaged me in school. Music brought me back.