I am honored to have been asked to reflect upon my Harrisburg Academy education (HATS through graduating Class of 2012) and to give you my opinion of the Academy’s impact on my current educational endeavors. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in music education – instrumental as a violin primary.

The Academy’s demanding coursework required me to develop strong work habits, self-discipline, and personal responsibility. Consequently, I have been able to take full advantage of the incredible opportunities here as a freshman at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. I have just completed my first semester and I love it here!

While a student at the Academy, I learned how to better organize my time so as to quickly and efficiently complete my assignments. The Academy’s high-level expectations in writing and research made the transition to college academics incredibly smooth. I have found the tools and methods for research and writing that my Academy teachers introduced in Middle School are still useful and relevant now in my college courses. I am grateful for so much of what I learned at the Academy.

Here at the Eastman School of Music, I study violin in the studio of Professor Oleh Krysa, a distinguished soloist, chamber musician, and prominent student of David Oistrach. Instead of IB math and biology homework, I have two etudes to learn and an aural skills dictation to write. My current classes are theory, aural skills, quartet, piano, orchestra, ancient Greeks (my general education course), trumpet pedagogy, clarinet pedagogy, percussion pedagogy, field experience in music, private lessons and studio class. I play in the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, which will perform on Feb. 1, 2013 playing Mozart’s Impressario Overature, Bartók’s Viola Concerto, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.