The more different things you try, the better the product youll get
A chance idea took flight in music for young composer Katie Ewles — and the audience at the St Johns Church Youth Choirs annual Christmas concert will get to hear it performed.
I try to be an individual with music, because thats where the best creativity comes from, said Katie, 17, an IB2 student at Bermuda High School, whos also having a piano piece performed in the church tomorrow by organist Oliver Grant.
Her Christmas carol, Panis Angelicus, reflects the wandering of her imagination, along with the excerpt on which it is based, by St Thomas Aquinas.
It has a somewhat foreign sound to it, she mused. Almost Egyptian.
The gem of the idea occurred to Katie while at the New York Summer Music Festival, under the instruction of Daniel Ott, where she also landed a solo singing role in the camps closing concert.
Back in Bermuda, her carol made the grade with choir director Marjorie Pettit, also Katies voice teacher.
Music seemed to come to me out of nowhere, the Paget teen said, recalling that when she was younger she didnt like doing what my piano teacher told me.
Gradually learning the chords allowed her to experiment and find what she liked.
I started experimenting when I was nine or ten, not too seriously — but for a long time Id do it all by memory, until I learned the theory.
A love of musical theatre, stage performance and Broadway gradually shifted to a focus on composition for Katie, also a senior soprano at the church. She plays guitar and ukulele — but the piano keeps a place of pride in the family home.
Im particularly interested in film music — the kind of music that tells a story, she said, naming Lion King composer Hans Zimmer as one of her favourites.
Music is ideally what Ill end up doing. I have some interest in business, but for me its really just about music.
Katie wrote some original pieces for the BHS fantasy play Under the Stones, but her latest, more serious work has three vocal parts with orchestral accompaniment. Tickets to the December 9 show are $30 for adults and $20 for students from the Bermuda Bookstore.
Summing up her philosophy, she said: Make up your own rules. Its the kind of field where the more different things you try, the better the product youll get — something original and unique.
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