Oshima named Camden Hills art student of the month

Feb 07, 2013
Photo by: Marti Stone Sean Oshima has been named Camden Hills Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts Student of the Month.

Rockport — The Camden Hills Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts Department announces that Sean Oshima has been chosen as the student of the month for February.

Although Oshima, a senior, has only been at Camden Hills for two years, he has been involved in a myriad of musical and artistic endeavors.

He grew up in a rich musical and creative environment that has supported his involvement in the arts throughout his life and schoolwork. An avid performer, Oshima plays a variety of instruments including piano, ukulele, drums, harmonica as well as singing and beat boxing (vocal percussion). He likes to compose original music and improvise lyrics to well-known songs. Oshima often performs with his family and friends for benefit community concerts, including many concerts with his brother Jamie — billed as The Oshima Brothers.

At Camden Hills, he has been a leading member of the select vocal ensemble Chamber Singers and of the men’s a cappella ensemble: The Off Beats. He has been accepted to the Maine Music Educators Association District and All State Choirs as well as playing supporting lead roles in the last two musicals: Raoul in "The Phantom of the Opera" (2011) and Bernardo in "West Side Story" (2012). He has been involved in many dance programs including hip hop lessons with Katie Thompson and was a lead dancer in "West Side Story." In the visual arts area, Oshima has worked in both the clay and jewelry studios — creating remarkable original works, according to a news release from Camden Hills Regional High School.

Oshima has participated in the National Honor Society Talent Show as well as the Senior Cabaret and can be seen performing and singing duets, quartets and large ensemble numbers in the upcoming Camden Hills Dessert Cabaret on Feb. 11.

His creativity knows no bounds and his outlook on life always takes a positive spin. Next year, during his gap year, he will spend a year exploring the world, creating music and volunteering, followed by plans to attend college. Oshima is not sure of a career path at this point in his young life, but he knows that music will always be a constant.

To younger students he says: “Enjoy music. Don't get caught in the ‘can't’ of music, create music that makes you happy. You can do anything you want with music if you give it a try. My advice is this: music is everywhere, the best thing we can do is listen.”

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