Years of musical ambition and diligent study culminate for Anna Bartlett this Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. in Christ Chapel. Bartlett will be playing the flute for a junior recital performance on campus. Bartlett enlightened me with her musical background and love of music in a recent interview:
Lantz: How long have you been playing music and what inspired you to start?
Bartlett: I was in kindermusik, and I have been playing the flute since fifth grade. My mom wanted her kids to be musical, so my whole family plays music. It was something we were expected to do.
L: Are you going to make music a career or will it be just for fun?
B: I do not have a music minor or major, so it will be just for fun. I currently am in the Symphonic Band, and I occasionally play in church. I also gave a couple of lessons this summer.
L: What inspires you to continue to play music?
B: My reflections inspire me the most. I see my music as an outpouring of my reflections and my life.
L: What is a memorable music moment from your past?
B: My most memorable music moment would have to be from my freshman year. I got to do a piccolo solo in the Symphonic Band. For the solo I had to sound like a wooden flute.
L: Who is your favorite musician and what is your favorite kind of music?
B: I really like the American indie rock band called Bishop Allen. I like music that emphasizes the musicianship of those in the band.
L: What are your plans after NW?
B: I plan on going to graduate school, but I don’t know where. Someday I would like to become a professor, but that is open to change.
Bartlett is looking forward to her performance on Sunday at which Bartlett chose to do a junior recital to challenge herself and to bless others.