Interests: Volleyball, Basketball, Mock Trial, Instrumentals/Other Music-Related Opportunities
Class Year: 2022
Joined Crystal: 6th grade
School attended before Crystal: Roosevelt Elementary School
My favorite place on campus is the instrumentals room. It's a little hidden, on the lower level of the Uplands building and outside the history classrooms, so no one really knows it's there. It's a little chaotic, with huge instruments in their cases lying all around, chairs and stands taking up most of the room, and people bustling in and out of the soundproof practice rooms trying not to be late for class. Dr. Mishkit is always there, practicing his saxophone, or flute, or clarinet, or piano. It's always open, whether early in the morning to a free period to lunch to late after school. I have spent hours practicing piano in the back rooms, holding fake recitals for an invisible audience, practicing flute with other members in my ensemble, practicing a piano duet with my partner, auditioning for concerts, or just hanging around jamming. During class rehearsals, the instrumentals room is the place with the most noise, the most chaos, the most yelling (in a good way), the most frustration, but also the most triumph. It’s the place behind the scenes where the music comes together, before it is performed in the theater. As grand as the theater is, the instrumentals room, with all the spit on the floor from past ensembles, scribbles on the board of rhythms we just can't get down, and random pages of sheet music lying around, is the place where it all falls apart and all comes together. It is the small room where, right before a concert, every kid with an instrument in their fancy clothes sweats and practices the hardest runs of the hardest piece, right before their hard work comes to fruition on stage.