As another year passes, we congratulate the many seniors who are graduating this June. They all have been active members of our PMAC community – participating in art classes, lessons, ensembles and more. PMAC Co-Founder Katie Grazier asked this year’s seniors to share their future plans and what a community arts education has meant to them.

Lydia Barnes

What do you study/have studied at PMAC?  Saturday Teen Jazz Ensemble with Matt Langley, Voice with Taylor O’Donnell, Guitar with Jim Dozet, General Music (Accordion) with Mike Effenberger

Where are you headed this Fall? And what is your planned major/study focus? Berklee College of Music for Songwriting

What does an arts education mean to you? The arts education that I’ve received at PMAC has been absolutely priceless. Having very limited options for music classes in school, I am so grateful for the opportunities PMAC has provided for me. I have developed valuable relationships with my teachers; I consider them some of the most influential people in my life. Music is an incredibly powerful medium that we have yet to understand fully, and PMAC taught me to respect and relish in art and music. I truly have grown and learned so much in my four years at PMAC, and can honestly say that I wouldn’t be pursuing music today without the encouragement of my teachers, the skills I’ve acquired, and the passion that has been instilled in me through arts education.

 

Jamie Beck

What do you study/have studied at PMAC? Trumpet lessons with Chris Klaxton and Saturday Teen Jazz  Band with Matt Langley

Where are you headed this Fall? And what is your planned major/study focus? I’m traveling around Europe on a gap year for 6 months

What does an arts education mean to you? An education to the arts allows me to creatively express myself how I want to.

 

 

 

Jacqueline Brown

What do you study/have studied at PMAC? Songwriting with Nick Phaneuf

Where are you headed this Fall? And what is your planned major/study focus? Salem State University, Theatre Arts

What does an arts education mean to you? An arts education is so important to me! I feel like it has helped me in so many different aspects of my life and there are so many skills and lessons I have taken from it and will continue to do so.

 

 

 

Ian Dailey

What do you study/have studied at PMAC? 7 years private instruction under Mike Walsh for drumming, Teen Rock Camp

Where are you headed this Fall? And what is your planned major/study focus? George Washington University, studying Economics

What does an arts education mean to you? One of the defining characteristics of who I am.

 

 

 

Kai DiMuzio

What do you study/have studied at PMAC? I am studying jazz bass and foundational piano lessons. I’ve played the bass guitar for many years, however I recently incorporated learning the upright into my bass lessons with Nick Phaneuf. I’ve started piano lessons with Kathy Fink so I can get around the piano easier. I love composing, so learning foundational piano is very helpful.

Where are you headed this Fall? And what is your planned major/study focus? I am heading to UNH to study music composition. I hope after college to get some kind of composition major to hopefully be able to write music for films or video games someday.

What does an arts education mean to you? OTo me an arts education is how I found my passion for music. I feel like music education should be required in every public school, because you never know if a kid will find their passion there, and music also helps you in other mathematical subjects.

Charlotte Hambucken

What do you study/have studied at PMAC? Guitar Lessons with Jason Crigler

Where are you headed this Fall? And what is your planned major/study focus? UMass Amherst, undecided on the Humanities and Fine Arts Track (might study architecture)

What does an arts education mean to you? To me, having an arts education means I can pursue an activity that I enjoy with the help of a supportive environment and a little extra structure. In the long run, having an arts education (specifically in guitar) is important to me because the skills I gain from it give me the confidence to continue expressing myself in a way that is more and more my own.

 

 

Holden Kenne

What do you study/have studied at PMAC? Drum Set and Marching Percussion with Mike Walsh, Teen Rock Camp, Youth Art Camp, Voice Lessons with Maria Boudreau

Where are you headed this Fall? And what is your planned major/study focus? I will be attending UNH to play music and save the world

What does an arts education mean to you? Arts education has always provided a creative outlet and focus for me as I grew as a student in academic study. I wouldn’t be half the person I was today without the the exceedingly generous directors at PMAC and the second-to-none instruction from Mike Walsh. Being taught music has made me realize I have natural talent that should not go untapped.

 

Sam Knight

What do you study/have studied at PMAC? I’ve taken private drum lessons for 7 years with Mike Walsh. I participated in the Teen Jazz Camp on guitar one summer, and did the Camp Overture pit band camp on guitar for another one. I’ve participated in the Saturday Teen Jazz Ensemble for 3 years.

Where are you headed this Fall? And what is your planned major/study focus? I’m going to the Berklee College of Music for music production and engineering

What does an arts education mean to you? Without arts education, I wouldn’t have find my passion for music. PMAC’s education specifically gave me more opportunities to expand my playing to different styles and brought my drumming to a different level. I wouldn’t have been able to refine my playing and abilities without my arts education.

 

Julia McCarthy

What do you study/have studied at PMAC? I have taken art lessons with Aris Moore throughout high school, I took voice lessons with Nicole Hajj for a few years, and have been an intern with the kids art camps for 3 years.

Where are you headed this Fall? And what is your planned major/study focus? I am attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to study fashion design.

What does an arts education mean to you? I believe an arts education is very important for students because it allows them to express themselves and be creative in ways traditional classes do not.  It allows them to expand their horizons, step out of their comfort zone and try new things which is important for people of all ages.

 

Edward McPherson

What do you study/have studied at PMAC? Drum Set, Junior Rock Ensemble, Youth Rock Band

Where are you headed this Fall? And what is your planned major/study focus? I’m taking a gap year, followed by Umass Lowell starting fall 2020 to study Sound Recording Technology.

What does an arts education mean to you? Everything!

 

 

 

 

 

Erin O’Kane

What do you study/have studied at PMAC? I am a cellist, studying under Dorothy Braker. I participated in SYSO for four semesters in the past, and am currently interning for PMAC. I was a member of MyPSO, and am currently a member of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra. I participated in the Sonad Project (chamber music intensive) last year and will again this summer.

Where are you headed this Fall? And what is your planned major/study focus? I am attending the University of Rochester, majoring in biomedical engineering.

What does an arts education mean to you? I have a passion for playing and performing music. Most people who know me would describe me as math and science driven. While it is true that I love math, chemistry and biology, I also love playing the cello. When I was eleven years old, I attended a concert and fell in love with the sound instantly. Playing and listening to the cello has been my musical passion ever since. Music has contributed to my pursuit of excellence in my academic and musical endeavors by allowing me to maintain focus and drive in both areas. Playing music as a soloist and in an orchestral setting has helped define me and will continue to do so throughout my pursuit of a college degree in engineering. Attending the University of Rochester next fall, I will have the opportunity to explore both my engineering interests, as well as musical passions by taking lessons at the Eastman School of Music.

 

 

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