Viola, Violin | St George

Camille has been playing violin since the fourth grade but didn’t start enjoying it until around the sixth. She never missed an orchestra class throughout public school, and she has performed and directed in choirs, small string ensembles, and community orchestras where she currently plays with Desert Strings Community Orchestra and the Southwest Symphony, southern Utah’s local symphony orchestra. Camille’s introduction to teaching started in 2021 when a former teacher invited her to be an aide in a classroom for beginning string students. As she has spent more time in the classroom, there is a strong desire to help new students discover the joy of music. It is her goal to help students who are not unlike herself from the fourth grade and help them see the beauty of the violin. Music is an ever growing genre of infinite potential and creativity. Though a great lover and enthusiast of the standard musical periods, baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary, Camille also enjoys popular and folk music as well. Much of classical repertoire is influenced by the music of the people and it should have just as much love and respect as the greats such as Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. The greatest moments in Camille’s musical career have been times when she is able to play songs that have special meaning to her, despite the genre. She is more than happy to delve into popular music such as folk, international, jazz, rock, blues, or even movie or gaming music. The power of personal passion pushes the boundaries of any young musician and obstacles that were once impossible can be conquered when a student has an opportunity to perform what they love. When considering music genres, music history is one of the reasons Camille has stayed so close to music throughout her life. Stories of composers and performers of music have always intrigued and inspired her. Learning about the lives of the artists helps her to become more connected with the music, a connection that she is always eager to share with others. The nervous disposition of the passionate Tchaikovsky, the carefree and uniquely talented George Gershwin, the incredible virtuosity of the penniless Johann Sebastian Bach, plus many, many, more bring life and personality to music that makes it not only fun, but also meaningful. Learning something new is not easy. Most people are not prodigies. Most miracles do not happen overnight. Being able to do anything well takes time and patience. Rewards only come to those who keep walking that long road of practice and work. Though dreary, it is a path worth taking and the walk does not have to be painful or boring. In the words of the wonderful and beloved Mary Poppins, “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.” It is Camille’s hope to help her students find fun in practice and meaning in struggle and to turn those “tasks you undertake” into “a piece of cake”.

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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