For Fraser, a chance `to be different'

Student of the Week

Student achiever

April 30, 2003

The student: Joy Fraser, 15

School: Atholton High

Special achievement: A bassoon player, she took second place in the Columbia Orchestra's Young Artist Competition. Two musicians tied for first place. She was the alternate.

What was the audition like? "After the competition, I hadn't felt the greatest about my performance. Then I got a phone call from my teacher that I got alternate. I was not expecting it at all."

What is the appeal of being a soloist? She was a guest soloist for the Rockville Concert Band last year. "It gives you an opportunity to really express yourself and really make the piece you are playing your own, with your own ideas. But it's very nerve-wracking at the same time."

What she likes about the bassoon: She had been studying piano for several years and wanted to take on a new instrument. "I just wanted to be different, so I tried it and I really liked it." She plays the instrument in the school band and plays percussion for marching band.

Other accomplishments: She is a member of the Howard Youth Regional Orchestra and the Columbia Concert Band, An honor roll student, she is first alternate for this year's Maryland Senior All-State Band.

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