March of 2017 was Music in Our Schools month. Laurel Springs held a Music in Our Schools contest to honor this music-filled month, along with a contest to give our musically-inspired students an outlet to share some of their hard work. With the large amount of talent that our students displayed through their submissions, we chose THREE winners!
Connor Couture was chosen as the winner for ‘Most Inspiring Performance.’ Connor did a piece on the piano, which he started playing at the young age of nine. Prior to playing the piano, Connor had begun playing the violin at age eight. Connor noted that performing is one of his favorite aspects of music. We asked Connor how music inspires him.
“I always feel that playing music is a means of expression,” he said. “Each piece has its own story, and its own emotions. And ultimately, it’s up to the player of the piece to interpret those emotions in his or her own way. Playing music inspires me to express the pieces I play in my own way. “
To listen to Connor’s winning submission, click here:
Mollie Guba was chosen as the winner of ‘Best Interpretation of a Classical Piece.’ Mollie did a classical piece on the cello, which she has been playing since she was just six years old. Similar to Connor, Mollie noted how she loves sharing her work through performing. We asked Mollie how music inspires her.
“For me, playing cello is a break from everything else going on,” she said. “I work hard during practices and rehearsals, but it doesn’t feel like work because I enjoy it. I think that the more I have come to enjoy playing music, the more I have improved, which I have found to be true in many aspects of life.”
To listen to Mollie’s winning submission, click here:
Katrina Zerounian was chosen as the winner of ‘Best Original Song.’ Katrina sang an original song, and she has been writing and creating music since she was a little girl. Katrina has been working with a music instructor for over a year now, and she is passionate about continuing to pursue her dream in the world of music. We asked Katrina how music inspires her.
“Music doesn’t just inspire me—it is my very being,” she said. “My life is a melody. My whole world is made of notes, chords, and lyrics. I write with a song running through my fingers and onto my pen. Every single time that I wake up, there is a song in my subconscious that awakes me. I am blessed to be able to hear music because music is a part of every beautiful thing in this world.”
We are so proud of all three winners! They have truly inspired us to remember what we are passionate about and to continue doing what we love.