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Musician of the Quarter

Every quarter, Ms. Lafferty chooses one musician to be “musician of the quarter.” Ms. Lafferty chose Chloe Roberts to be the musician of the quarter. She is an amazing violinist who is just an all-around great person. I had the privilege to ask her a couple of questions about her music and how much it means to her!

How are you involved with the music program at Naz?

I take violin lessons with Dr. Nocella and drum lessons with Ms. Lafferty. I am involved in chorus, chorale, Pandamonium, orchestra, chamber ensemble, and pit orchestra for the fall show. I am also President of Nazareth’s Chapter of Tri-M, the National Music Honor Society.

When did you start to have an interest in music?

I began taking lessons when I was four, but I began taking a real interest when I started participating in orchestra in fourth grade. Since then, I’ve grown to understand and appreciate music even more, and music has greatly affected my life for the better.

Is your music supported by others, such as your family and friends?  

My family and friends fully support my interest in music. Music is a huge part of who I am; my friends and family recognize that. I can attribute my involvement in music to my parents, as they allowed me to take lessons and join ensembles. I can also attribute my love of music to my sister. We grew up taking violin lessons, practicing, and playing duets together. Also, my sister is willing to give me constructive criticism to better my playing.

Who are some famous artists you aspire to be like?

I aspire to be like Itzhak Perlman, a famous violinist who tours around the world. He has been playing for his whole life and has performed songs ranging from classical concertos to movie soundtracks. My favorite piece he has played is the “Schindler’s List Theme.” Last year, I was able to play with him and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center.

I also aspire to be like Alan Menken, who has composed the scores for many Disney movies, including Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.

Is it always easy? What are some difficulties?

Music is not easy but becomes less difficult with practice, both in theory and in performance. As with sports or with school, the only way to improve in music is through practice. One of the biggest challenges in music is performing. No matter how many times a musician practices a piece, something may still go wrong during a performance. For many people, it is hard to overcome stage fright. I have been able to be comfortable while performing after many years of
various types of performances. Even now, things can go wrong. Once, I was playing a hymn during mass with an organist, and the organist played in a different key!

What is your favorite part about being involved in music?

Music has opened so many doors for me. Because of music, I have been able to go to amazing places and experience extraordinary things. With Nazareth’s music department, I have had the chance to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York, St. Mary’s College in Cambridge, and Southwark Cathedral in London. Outside of school, I have had the chance to perform at the Kimmel Center and the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Would you like to make music a main priority in your college and adult life? Why or why not?

Music will always be a priority for me, but I do not plan to have music as a career. I do not plan to major in music in college, but I intend to be a part of my college’s orchestra or choir. I will always love music, and I will continue to play recreationally.

Do you have any advice to give to people who want to pursue music at Nazareth? 

Anyone thinking about participating in music should absolutely pursue it! There are so many opportunities at Nazareth for musicians of all levels. Not everyone has to be fully committed to music in order to be involved. There is a place for everyone interested. To anyone already involved: continue to practice and push yourself. Music is not always easy, but there is a huge support system ready to help you.

 

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