Pilot Music Program presents recital

Published 4:26 pm Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Music is one of the most powerful tools known to man. It can soothe the soul or set one’s heart racing. Music can create a party atmosphere; it can even ignite romance. An education in this art has applications that reach far beyond the bounds of the field of music. It teaches diligence and patience through practice; focus and precision through performance; and confidence needed to be at ease in front of a crowd.

I have experienced first hand all these benefits and more in my own music education over the past 13 years. My musical journey began at Kathleen King’s Children’s Prep Music Studio at the age of 4. Mrs. King immerses children in music, teaching them the fundamentals, exposing them to music from every period, and introducing them to the many types of instruments. As do most graduates of the Children’s Prep Music Studio, I continued my music education in the Pilot Music Program, where students learn advanced music theory and begin to perform on a specific instrument. I chose the piano with Mrs. Kit Parker as my instructor. My 9 years of piano have blessed me beyond my wildest dreams. I have had the privilege of performing at various churches, festivals and events. It has even allowed me the opportunity to be the Children’s Choir Accompanist at First Presbyterian Church this year.

The premier event of the Pilot Music Program is the annual Spring Recital, which features performances ranging in experience from the beginner student to the advanced. This year’s recital will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Sunday, April 29 at 2:30 and is open to the public. It will be a bittersweet one for me. As a Cathedral High Senior, this recital will be my last.

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I hope to see you Sunday afternoon. I promise it will be an enjoyable one for all in attendance.

Chase Caldwell is member of the Pilot Music Program