McQueen High School Orchestra

Please Meet Alyssa Catmull!

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Alyssa 4Alyssa is another of the strong, silent types.  We love the strong, silent types.  She is a 17-year-old senior in the McQueen Orchestra.  She plays the viola.

Alyssa is from Reno.  She went to Grace Warner Elementary School and Clayton Middle School.  “This is my 6th year playing.” 

Alyssa says she always loved listening to music and wanted to play it.  “I knew I wanted to play an instrument (string) but I wasn’t sure which.  Somehow I chose viola.”  Voila the viola!  She loves the orchestra because it gives her the opportunity to play a variety of music and allows her the opportunity to learn about different styles of music.  She says her best memories of the orchestra are the times she has spent hanging out with friends within the orchestra.  The hardest part is setting aside time to focus on practicing but she does and knows it’s worth it.

Her favorite musician in Lindsey Stirling.  “I love the string/traditional aspect, but she incorporates more modern sounds into it and its really interesting.” 

The most influential people in her life are her family.  “They’ve been there for me and supported me through everything.”

Alyssa says she is not involved in a lot of other activities.  She is mostly focused on school and her AP and honor classes.  That seems to us to be exactly where her attention should be.

When asked what she wants to be when she grows up she says, “I’ll let you know when I do.  But I do know I want to do something where I can make an actual difference.”  She hopes to continue with music in the future.  As for senior year she is planning to pass all the major tests and make it through the year in one piece.  I see a survival theme emerging among our seniors.  She is college bound and just wants a career she loves.

When asked what she would tell a young, struggling musician she says, “I was in the same spot before.  But if you stick with it and truly want to get better, you will, and things will get easier.”

In one word, Alyssa is “Perseverant.”

Good Luck Alyssa and thanks for being part of our world.

“You’ve got to have confidence in the very thing that makes you unique–then wait for the world to catch up.” – Lindsey Stirling.


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