It takes a hard-work and long hours of practice to be a musician and Samantha Lovett ’18 knows it. “Every Saturday, I am present in the music theory and ear training classes, as well as piano lessons, private lessons, acting lessons, and much more. My private vocal teacher at Manhattan School of Music organizes a solo recital for each one of her students. I, and all of her other students, are very lucky to have this opportunity because in most cases, musicians in the precollege program only get one recital and that is their senior recital. In school, I practiced with my vocal teacher for one hour with an accompanist every week to prepare for my solo recital. I also spent many hours practicing on my own time,” she says in sharing her experience of preparing for her solo recital.
Samantha has performed in places like the Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall. But she says that performing at the Manhattan School of Music was especially a challenge because the audience was so close to her. However, looking back Samantha remarks that “in the end, my performance was the most challenging, but most rewarding experience out of all of my musical endeavors. I was very pleased to have a successful recital at Manhattan School of Music in a beautiful recital hall. I was very fortunate enough to see not only my friends, family, and teachers there to support me, but I also had my incredibly benevolent head of school, Dr. De Jarnett attend my recital. Seeing my teachers and Dr. De Jarnett was certainly positive, and I couldn’t be more thankful that I go to a school where I can be supported by such important role models in my life.”