This year proved to be a challenging year for our PMAC Seniors. The pandemic that began in March 2020 meant that these students had to rise to the challenge of an almost 100% remote Senior year learning and also remote PMAC lessons and programs. We are so proud of these students for all of their accomplishments and wish them great success and happiness on their journey into the future! Congratulations!

Andrew M.

What did you study at PMAC? Piano, Summer Workshops, Teen Rock Band

What has an Arts Education meant to you, especially during a pandemic? Especially since I plan on pursuing a career in music, having a means of improvement and a deterrent from slacking during quarantine is indispensable. Seriously, it’s awesome.

What are your plans for the next year? Finish my album, continue lessons with Mike, and eventually head to Berklee.

Emily W.

What did you study at PMAC? Vocal lessons, some trombone lessons, and briefly piano lessons 

What has an Arts Education meant to you, especially during a pandemic? It has meant getting to work on my talent and get better at something I love. It has also meant learning new ways to use my instrument and grow as a musician. 

What are your plans for the next year? Attending Berklee College of Music .

Emmanuelle R.

What did you study at PMAC? Piano lessons, Singer/Songwriters in the Round

What has an Arts Education meant to you, especially during a pandemic? The fact that PMAC has been able to successfully continue offering lessons even with the switch to an online format has meant a lot. The pandemic hit during my Junior and Senior years of high school, the last chance I have to take lessons at PMAC for at least a little while, and being able to continue with my learning was really great. 

What are your plans for the next year? I will be studying creative writing at University of Maine Farmington! 

Gretchen G.

What did you study at PMAC? Voice, Guitar, and Piano lessons, Singer/Songwriters in the Round, Teen Rock Band, Teen Rock Band Summer Camp, (Interned with Little Mozarts and Sandpipers led by Teaching Artist, Tiffany Hanson).

What has an Arts Education meant to you, especially during a pandemic? An arts education especially during the pandemic has meant that I have been able to continue to work with my instructor to improve and grow as a musician as well be a part of group programs where I was able to interact with others which I helped me to not drive myself insane. 

What are your plans for the next year? My plan for the coming year is to attend Endicott College with a dual major in Music Performance and Interior Architecture. 

Iris K.

What did you study at PMAC? Guitar lessons, Teen Rock Band, Teen Rock Band Summer Camp,

What has an Arts Education meant to you, especially during a pandemic? It helped me remain creative and inspired during a time where creativity and inspiration seemed impossible and hard to find.

What are your plans for the next year? I am taking a gap year. 

Kevin William F.

What did you study at PMAC? Piano lessons

What has an Arts Education meant to you, especially during a pandemic? At first it was confusing, maybe even a bit disorienting. Then I got really used to it and it was fun! I missed the in person lessons but was super happy to keep learning. It meant a lot to me.

What are your plans for the next year? Attending Landmark College in Vermont

Madeline B.

What did you study at PMAC? Teen Rock Band and Singer/Songwriters in the Round

What has an Arts Education meant to you, especially during a pandemic? It was huge to have music during the pandemic. I was able to continue using my passion and create music when so much else was unable to happen.  I was able to keep connection with my friends at PMAC  and of course learned a lot about audio and video recording with background tracks for virtual performances.  Having an arts education had been the most impactful thing so far in my life. I can’t imagine life without music.  

What are your plans for the next year? I am headed to Berklee College of Music for vocal performance and composition and am thinking about scoring music for various media. I hope to use my voice on some of my compositions    

Meghan H.

What did you study at PMAC? Piano Lessons

What has an Arts Education meant to you, especially during a pandemic? Taking piano with Teaching Artist Jeff Auger provided a nice constant throughout the pandemic. I looked forward to my lessons each week, and it was nice to have something to do since everything else was cancelled. 

What are your plans for the next year? I’m attending Northeastern University and planning on majoring in Communications and History.   

Nate R.

What did you study at PMAC? Drum Lessons

What has an Arts Education meant to you, especially during a pandemic? It means understanding music on a deeper level, and obtaining the skill to one day be a professional!

What are your plans for the next year? Complete one of the song projects I’m doing!

Olivia K.

What did you study at PMAC? Youth Chamber Orchestra

What has an Arts Education meant to you, especially during a pandemic? t has been a great part my life! It has kept me sane and actively learning, and being able to do it with others gave me a sense of community especially during the pandemic. Being able to produce music gave me happiness, hope, and something to look forward to. 

What are your plans for the next year? I will be studying mechanical engineering at Columbia University and hopefully minoring in music/participating in ensembles!

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