Lewis honored by Camden Hills visual, performing arts

May 08, 2014
Emily Lewis is the student of the month in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport.

Rockport — The Camden Hills Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts Student of the Month for May is awarded to senior, Emily Lewis. Lewis has been very active in the instrumental music program at Camden Hills and earned many honors for performance on her clarinet.

She began playing clarinet as part of the 5th Grade Band program at the former Rockport Elementary School. Through constant practice and encouragement from her parents, she eventually began to improve and took some private lessons from area woodwind specialist, Glen Sargent. Her diligence soon paid off earning her a spot in the District III Honors Band for three years as well as the 2013 All-State Band. She has also participated in the Camden Hills Concert Band for the past four years and earned the Most Improved Band Member in 2011.

As Lewis listened to and performed music she developed an interest in composition. This interest led her to take the Advanced Music Theory course at the high school where she further expanded her knowledge in musical composition. She particularly enjoys seeing how different musical elements can interact, both through composition and performance.

Her favorite artists include Frank Ticheli, Murray Gold, John Williams, Andrew Boysen and Giuseppe Verdi. Next year, she plans to major in creative writing and music. She also hopes to perform in a variety of musical ensembles throughout her entire life. Her advice to young students who are considering becoming involved in the arts: “Express yourself creatively and allow yourself to enjoy new and weird things. You never know what you might love!”

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