Andrea Plascencia

“Don’t focus on the end result, focus on how you’re doing and how you’re doing it. Get as much help as you can even if you don’t think you need it.”

Senior flute player Brianna Guerra

Q: What does being a state qualifier mean to you?

A: “It determines how hard I work. I’ve been practicing almost every day which is a way to get better at my skills and I wasn’t necessarily focused on getting a higher chair [and] making myself better as a chair.”

Q: How long did you prepare for state?
“I [practiced] six months with the same pieces. It’s been a goal [of mine] since freshman year. I practice in the morning, I practice during block lunch [and] I practice after school.”

Q: Do you remember the exact moment you found out you made it? How did you feel?
“We had area auditions this Christmas break every week and we had to wait an hour to see our results. I made it last year and I didn’t feel confident [but] I [wanted] to prove something to everybody who made fun of me not making it again.”

Q: Do you have a particular routine you follow in preparation for auditions like this?
“I work with my teacher a lot. I work with my band teacher a lot and ask questions or I just play in front of a lot of people.”

Q: Besides band, what else are you involved in? How did you balance your schedule to ensure you had enough practice time?
“I’m involved with NHS and I do a lot of volunteer work. I try to volunteer at the animal shelter, and when I’m not volunteering, I do something band-related and practice.”

Q: What advice do you have in terms of dealing with nerves during auditions?
“I realize how hard I’ve worked. Finding my motivation and finding why I want to audition and even if you don’t, you still have all the work you put into it. Surround yourself with good people, it will help you out with it.”

Q: How do you stay patient while preparing for auditions?
“I calm myself down and I listen to the music over and over again. I tell myself ‘There’s still a lot of things to improve on’ rather than tell myself ‘I already know this, why am I playing it again?’”

Q: What do you hope to gain from this experience?
“I hope to gain more skill through music and learn about music in general. I hope to gain more experience and spread knowledge about it.”

Q: Do you feel that this experience is life changing in any way? Why or why not?
“[Yes] because I didn’t think as a freshman I would make it and I had to be talented. I opened my eye more toward music and I just developed my love toward [it].”

Q: What advice do you have for people hoping to make state in the future?
“Don’t focus on the end result, focus on how you’re doing and how you’re doing it. Get as much help as you can even if you don’t think you need it.”

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