Student Profile: Lily Hoover

March 14, 2017
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  • The first time Lily stood on stage to perform, she was stiff. Her spine was perfectly straight. “I was nervous,” she says, “and super worried.” It wasn’t that she didn’t like to sing; she’d been singing for years, whether in the car, or doing dishes. Performing, though, was something different.

    Lily’s instructors say that like many musicians, she’s quiet. It isn’t that she doesn’t like to talk; she just prefers to listen. These listening skills help her intimately understand music, like the retro ‘70s and ‘80s songs she loves grooving to. Standing in front of people and performing that music, though? That can be scary!

    Now, though, Lily loves to perform! Playing in the Ambassador Band for audiences at Youth Music Project and at places like nursing homes helped her relax. Instead of nervous and worried, she now gets “really loose and happy.”

    Lily has expanded her repertoire as a musician to include French horn and bass, and wants to continue expanding still by learning piano. Her ultimate dream is to move to New York City and be on Broadway — talk about performing for an audience!

  • The gift of music can change a child's life!