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Meet the Student: Allison Hall '14

Allison Hall

Allison Hall (photo by Elizabeth Dreher)

Meet Allison Hall, a music student, who is presenting a student recital on Saturday, Oct. 24. We checked in with Allison and asked her 10 questions.

1. What is your major?
A: I'm a music major with a concentration in instrumental education.

2. Where are you from originally?
A: I was born and raised in Fauquier County, Va. in the really small town of Remington.

3. What instrument do you play?
A: I play the euphonium, sometimes called the baritone.

4. When did you begin playing the euphonium?
A: I started playing euphonium in the eighth grade, switching from the saxophone, which I played for two years.

5. What inspired you to want to learn to play the euphonium?
A: I started playing the saxophone initially, but my heart wasn't really in it. I wanted to switch, but I had no idea what to switch to. After much thinking, I went to my middle school director and she suggested I play the euphonium (an instrument we didn't have in the band at the time). Thank goodness I did that too, because I immediately fell in love.

6. In how many recitals have you performed?
A: I've been in one other student's senior recital and several departmental recitals within the music department.

7. What is your favorite thing about playing in a recital?
A: My favorite thing about performing in a recital is the feeling that I get from playing the music I have prepared for people who want to hear it. The best feeling is working so hard and being able to show it to a group of people.

8. What style of music do you enjoying playing the most?
A: My favorite style to play is lyrical. Anything with a sweeping line and a chance to do what the Euphonium was made to do – sound just wonderfully gorgeous.

9. How do you feel when you are playing in a recital?
A: When playing in a recital I feel a sense of nervousness, of course. Who wouldn't be when playing in a large group of people? However, the sense of accomplishment outweighs everything else. The sense of pride that just fills me as I hit and stick that last note of the piece perfectly is just absolutely amazing. It is the best feeling in the world.

10. What are your plans for after you graduate?
A: After I graduate I plan to teach music whether it be elementary, middle, or high school.

Recital Information

Saturday, Oct. 26
4:00 p.m.
Performance Hall in the Covington Center

Oct 21, 2013

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