The Edmond Sun


July 3, 2014

Oklahoma Arts Institute attendees


EDMOND — Matt Baier

Matt Baier is 15 years old and will be a sophomore at North High School in the fall. This is his first time to attend Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and he is studying in an Orchestra viola discipline.

“I wanted to attend OSAI to challenge myself and continue to grow as a musician,” Matt said. “I hope that through OSAI I can further advance in skill and have an amazing experience.” He added he looks forward to working in an environment with other musicians with the same passion that he has and to have fun doing so.

“In 10 years, I see myself continuing to pursue music, and maybe one day be a part of a professional orchestra,” Matt said. “My dad is a musician, and I’ve always been exposed to music and wanted to make it a part of my life.”

Emily Baranski

Fifteen-year-old Emily Baranski will be a junior at Deer Creek High School and is the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute in Choral Music for the first time.

“I wanted to attend because it would give me an opportunity to sing amongst very talented and hardworking students who share the same love for music as me,” Emily said. “I would like to gain a fun yet challenging experience to cherish throughout my singing career.”

Emily, who sings second alto said, “I am looking forward to seeing the work of students in the other disciplines and getting to showcase my musical abilities.”

In 10 years she said she would love to be furthering her choral career by singing with an adult choir.

“My family has always participated in musical activities,” Emily said, “and through piano lessons when I was young, I was exposed to singing. It has been a passion and hobby of mine ever since.”

Becca Bingham

Becca Bingham will be a senior at Edmond Memorial High School in the fall. She is attending the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute in Orchestra playing percussion. Becca, 17, is attending OSAI for the second year. Her first year she attending in Creative Writing.

“I wanted to attend OSAI this year because I wanted another opportunity to grow as a musician,” Becca said. “I wanted to meet other high school students who are serious about the arts and to challenge myself.”

Becca said she would like to gain further knowledge about percussion and percussion performance and become a better musician. “I would also like to gain new friendships and more appreciation and understanding of other art forms through other students I meet and performances I am able to attend.

“I am looking forward to studying with other serious musicians and expanding my knowledge of percussion as well as becoming a better percussionist.  I also look forward to meeting new people and making those ‘camp memories’ that stick with you through the rest of your life.”

Becca said, “In 10 years I see myself as still having music be a key part of my life. I would like to continue studying percussion in college and possibly learn an additional instrument at some point. I would like to perform with a community orchestra and possibly teach private lessons to middle school or high school musicians.”

Becca became interested in the arts as a second grader when her parents enrolled her in piano lessons. “My interest in percussion began first when my neighbor was a percussionist, and I began percussion when I joined middle school band in sixth grade. My interest in percussion has grown since then and my early introduction to piano led me to become involved in percussion and orchestra later on.”    

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