Artist of the Issue – Kaelyn Morgan
October 26, 2018
InFlight: What instruments do you play, and how long have you been playing them?
KM: “I sing, I play mainly tenor saxophone, but can also play alto and soprano sax as well as clarinet. I started with the flute in fifth grade, but then switched to saxophone about halfway through my seventh grade year. I can also play piano and guitar okay.”
InFlight: How long have you been singing?
KM: “I’ve been seriously singing since seventh grade.”
InFlight: Do you write any songs?
KM: “I used to play around with songwriting with my guitar, but I write my solos for a lot of the jazz pieces we do. I have a lot of fun doing that, so I do that quite often. I’ve written maybe about 20, I started in sophomore year when I got into Jazz 1.”
InFlight: Who are some of your greatest music aspirations?
KM: “I love Benny Goodman, he’s a great clarinet player, and Lester Young is a great tenor saxophone player. As far as voice, probably Sia. The person that inspired me most to become a good musician is a professor at the University of Colorado named McMurray who I met at PLU Honor Band.”
InFlight: How was the experience at PLU Honor Band?
KM: “It was one of the greatest experiences of my high school career, Professor McMurray is one of the most brilliant teachers I’ve ever met, and he has inspired me to become a music teacher. We played one of my favorite pieces of all time called American Elegy that I was introduced to at PLU Honor Band for our concert last Tuesday.”
InFlight: How long have you been in band and choir?
KM: “I started band in fifth grade on flute, and I’ve been singing since seventh grade but have unfortunately had to drop it.”
InFlight: How do you prepare for a performance of any kind?
KM: “You practice until you can’t mess up, that’s my big thing. You practice until there’s no possible way of making a mistake.”
InFlight: What has ben one of your most poignant performances?
KM: “There’s a piece that I’ve played every year since sophomore year called Sugar Rum Cherry by Duke Ellington. It’s for the version of The Nutcracker that he wrote. I learn it every single year and try to make it better every year, but I feel like this is my yea to do it if we get to play it again. I played it sophomore and junior year but couldn’t play much of it then but I’ve been getting better.”
InFlight: Do you without a doubt look to pursue a career in music, and if so do you have any colleges in mind?
KM: “Yes, absolutely, I really like PLU because their program is close-knit, But I would also like to go to Central because it’s super competitive, and I just like being the best.”
InFlight: Do you have an age group in mind of the students you’d like to teach?
KM: “I could be a high school teacher, I love the idea of teaching high school students, but my dream is to become a professor. College aged kids, high school kids, it could change, I just love teaching music.”
InFlight: Are there any opportunities you’ve engaged in to help or tutor people in music?
KM: “Yeah, I really love being a section leader, that’s where I get most of my time helping people out, a lot of people come to me with questions about saxophone. But I have been teaching a little bit, it’s mostly audition music that I help people out with, I’ve been really proud of the girl I tutored last because she made it as lead tenor saxophone in Jazz 2. I just really enjoy both private teaching and in-class with groups of people.”
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