Aspire to help

Junior Hannah Kawate has taken a leading role in initiating musical service, not only through in-school musical programs but also through assisting the less fortunate. Her three clubs, Tri-M, Fortissimo and Music Club have provided her a platform to spark change in the community.

“Before, I never saw myself as much of a leader, and I followed whatever the road paved. I realized this year that I’m very passionate about helping others with music,” Kawate said. “I have hope that I can be building the next Mozart or Yo Yo Ma, since there are a lot of talented kids that just don’t get to experience music. My goal is really just to help them realize that music can be a great way to go.”

Seeing how music helped her get past her own obstacles such as the pressure of studying, Kawate looks to get more hands on and to teach a younger generation of musicians. Her club, Fortissimo, goes directly to foster homes to help the children learn music, whether they have any experience on a particular instrument or not.

“I wanted to start Fortissimo because I wanted to share my skills with children who are much less fortunate than I am,” Kawate said. “Some children that we work with and teach to have been abused, and it’s nice to know that music can take them away from that. I know that it’s hard for me to understand what that’s like, but for me music was my way to be passionate and get away from my stress.”

Kawate and the rest of Music Club organize pieces to perform at the nearby elderly homes.

“Music is universal in the sense that anyone, young and old, can connect. Music can be spiritually uplifting. For example, at the senior home I find that music awakens their senses and makes them feel more alive,” Kawate said.

On top of her community involvement with foster kids and elderly homes, Kawate was recently named Concertmaster, the highest rank in orchestra. As concertmaster, she tunes and leads the group through rehearsals and concerts.  

“I felt honored to be chosen as Concertmaster. Now I know that Dr. Clements expects me to play well and practice hard to set an example for my section and the rest of the orchestra,” Kawate said. “In a way it helped me see my leadership potential and hopefully makes me understand more about music.”

Kawate manages to still incorporate music into her daily schedule, even if she is busy.

“I try to do my homework as fast as possible so I can focus on music. It’s been pretty rough, but I still make time to practice violin and coordinate my clubs, especially with the newer clubs. I’m really just trying to bring it up so that they have an impact on people,” Kawate said.

Kawate looks to continue making a difference even after high school, as she plans to minor in collegiate music.

“In the end, I may be busy but it’s all worth it. No pun intended, but I do think I can make a dynamic difference just by being a part of these clubs and helping the community,” Kawate said. “In college I plan on minoring in music to keep playing music and improving my own skill. More importantly though, I want to keep improving people’s lives. I’m going to keep encouraging others around me to see the beauty in music because it can make the world a better place.”

By Brian Chen, Staff writer

Photo By Amanda Taing