The music program at University High School is filled with talented individuals like Alex Johnson (’18). Recently, music instructor Daniel Knox interviewed Alex and here’s what he had to say:
DK: How long have you been playing/singing?
AJ: I started playing clarinet in 4th grade.
DK: What do you like most about making music?
AJ: I enjoy the fact that music is subjective. When you are making music for only yourself, there are no wrong answers; you just write what you want to hear. There’s something freeing about that.
DK: When did you know that music is important to you?
AJ: Probably also around 4th grade.
DK: What are you most excited about for the December concert?
AJ: I think my small group is coming together really nicely. Also, the arrangement of My Favorite Things that we’re playing is very good.
DK: What is your favorite kind of music to listen to?
AJ: I listen to a lot of music, so it’s nearly impossible to answer this question. However, recently, I’ve really been enjoying SZA’s album Ctrl and Anderson .Paak’s album Malibu.
DK: Do you do any music outside of school?
AJ: I’m in the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra and I will be part of the ISO Side-by-Side performance in March. I’ve also performed in small jazz combos with friends in the past.
DK: What are your plans for next year?
AJ: I plan to be a part of college ensembles, whether it’s a wind ensemble, a symphony orchestra, or a marching band. I also plan to at least minor, and maybe double major in music theory and composition.
DK: What are some of your musical accomplishments?
AJ: I have been a part of the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra for the last two years, and this year, I will be a part of the ISO Side-by-Side Orchestra. I’ve also won numerous gold ratings in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble for both clarinet and voice.
DK: What would you tell someone who is trying to get into music?
AJ: Try new things. It’s so incredibly important to really look for what you want to pursue musically, and you won’t find what you really want to do if you don’t try musical things that are maybe out of your comfort zone at first. Know that your view of music will constantly evolve, and that that’s OK.
The Music Department will be performing in concerts on Tuesday, Dec, 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 13. These special performances include chamber music that students arranged and rehearsed.
The band and orchestra will perform on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and jazz ensemble and choir will perform on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Concerts are held in Andrews Hall at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact music teacher Daniel Knox.