Jaclyn Evans is a 17-year-old homeschooled senior. Since the age of four, she has studied piano with Carmen Conway. She has been awarded ratings of Superior and Superior Plus for 12 consecutive years in the National Federation of Music Junior Festivals. Jaclyn is principle trombonist in GCHFA advanced band and is drum major for the Northern Lights Marching Band. She enjoys watercolor painting and writing stories and songs. As a dual-enrolled student, Jaclyn is on the Dean’s List at SCF.
When did you first start playing an instrument? What drew you to music/your instrument?
I first started playing the piano when I was two years old. Since I was that age, I didn't really have a say in it. But, I'm glad my mom had me do it. As for trombone, I chose it when I was 11 because I thought the slide was cool and the man who introduced it said, "Trombones are for weird people." So, I figured it was perfect for me!
What was it like when you learned you were going to be a soloist with "Thrill of a Lifetime"?
I had been dreaming about this opportunity for two years, so winning the compeition was seriously a dream come true. I have never worked harder for anything in my life, so it was incredible to see all of it pay off.
What's your favorite part about being a musician? How has music enhanced or impacted your life?
I love being able to sit down and play the piano. No matter what is going on in my life, I love having that outlet to all of my emotions. Music has helped me be more organized and has taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to as long as I work hard enough.
What are your longterm plans? Will music be a part of your life as you grow older?
I am planning to double major in music education and piano performance at Olivet Nazarene University. I would like to be a private music teacher, as well as teach in school band/orchestra programs. I will also accompany soloists and ensembles.
What will you be playing at the upcoming concert with the Sarasota Orchestra? How are you feeling about the opportunity?
I will be playing the Second Movement of Chopin's Concerto No. 1 in E minor. Words cannot express how ecstatic I am for this opportunity to be playing with the Sarasota Orchestra.
Thrill of a Lifetime will take place Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:30pm in Neel PAC. For tickets and more information about this special concert, click here!