Senior Katie Sharp will further pursue her passion for music by taking a gap year to study music at a conservatory in Italy and then studying as a music major at UC Berkeley. Sharp has been playing trumpet for nine years, and has played in a variety of orchestras in school and around the community. Although she thought about entering the medical field at the beginning of high school, her involvement in the musical community caused her to realize that studying music was the right path for her.
“I was a part of a solo competition and I scored really well,” Sharp said. “I realized that nothing would make me happier than making music my career and that I am capable of becoming a really great player if I continue to work hard at it.”
Touring Europe with her orchestra also inspired Sharp and influenced her decision to pursue music.
“Playing in amazing professional halls gave me a more realistic view into the world of a classical musician, and it really excited me,” Sharp said.
At UC Berkeley, Katie will take historical and cultural studies, musicianship and theory courses, and perform both in an ensemble and solo. Music majors are expected to practice for three to four hours a day.