Hometown: Edina, Minn.
Piece: Carl Maria von Weber — Concertino for Clarinet in E-flat major, Op. 26
Why do you love to perform?
I love performing because it's a unique form of self-expression that provides me with a venue to communicate my emotions and passion. The experience of being on stage releases a valve holding accumulated tension built up from the countless hours of practice. Despite the pressure, anxiety, and countless other factors that cause my palms to sweat and my fingers to tremble, the adrenaline rush makes it all worth it; everything that isn't the music becomes inconsequential. The unrelenting focus can only be seen under such conditions, blocking out all of life's troubles until the end of the performance.