- Baton Rouge, LA
Erina has dedicated her life to becoming a classical violinist and is very proud to have auditioned for and won a professional position in the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, a rare feat for a musician of her age. Her teachers often coach her to “work smart, not hard,” and she is looking forward to putting this wisdom to the test by delving deeply into violin performance studies in the Jacobs School of Music. Offered a free round-trip flight anywhere in the world, she’d pick Japan, in order to visit her family and take advantage of the food and skin care products. Her favorite movie, Spirited Away, and two of her favorite books (Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human) are also influenced by her love of that country. Erina would love to have dinner with Maud Powell, an often overlooked 20th century violinist who devoted her career to making classical music more inclusive and accessible. Erina has followed in Maud’s footsteps through making private music lessons available to underprivileged students at her own school, and she plans to continue sharing her musical knowledge through pedagogy. Erina would like to thank her family and her teachers – especially her violin teacher Borislava Iltcheva. Erina is the first Scholar from Baton Rouge Magnet High School and will hold the John Reese scholarship.