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PMSA Students Perform in Concert at Northwestern University

March 4, 2016 10:55 AM
Three Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students recently participated in the Northshore Concert Band’s "Lifetime of Music" concert at Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Abel Limon, a PMSA senior on flute; Alexandra Damato, a PMSA junior on tenor saxophone; and Akeelah Taylor, a PMSA junior on percussion, performed "Second Suite" by Gustav Holst and "Hands Across the Sea" by John Phillip Sousa during their performance on January 31. Their appearance, initiated by PMSA music teacher, Mr. Steve Gooden, was part of the Northshore Concert Band’s "Lifetime of Music" initiative designed "to provide a rewarding musical experience to young musicians as well as expose them to the performance opportunities that await them beyond college, whether or not they choose to pursue music as a career," according to the band’s website.
Alexandra and Akeelah said that getting the opportunity to perform with the Northshore Concert Band was a surprise, but enjoyable.
"It was really nice," Akeelah said. "It was the first time I had a performance with professional musicians. It was nice to learn different conducting styles."
Alexandra, who said that performing at Northwestern has caused her to want to study there after high school, said that she felt intimidated at first, but gradually grew into the role.
"It helps to be prepared," she said. "I got a lot of help from the sax player next to me."
The experience may have fueled the students’ future aspirations. Alexandra said that she wants to one day be a band conductor, while Akeelah said that she wants to be a music teacher and performer, perhaps opening her own school.
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that she was proud of the students’ selection and performance.
"Students at PMSA regularly have opportunities to show others in the community the depth of their skills," she said. "I commend our students for showing their best work and presenting our school well."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that an opportunity such as this inspires students to do their best.
"Anytime students are able to see that what they do matters in the eyes of others, they are motivated to do more to succeed," she said. "This was an excellent opportunity for our students and one that I hope that they continue to pursue in the future."
Photo contributed by Mr. Steven Good, music teacher at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. 


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