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Friday, February 13, 2015

Alumni Profile: Angela Pitto

Recently I had the chance to catch up with former Music Academy student Angela Pitto. I spoke with Angela about what she has been doing since graduating high school. Angela tells how her music education has equipped her with the skills she needed to succeed in college and beyond – check it out!

 

What years were you enrolled at the Music Academy of Garden City?

I was enrolled at the Music Academy from 2007-2011. I took lessons there throughout my four years of high school.

 

What instruments did you study while a student at MAGC?

I mainly focused on voice, as I am primarily a singer, but I also studied piano, mandolin, guitar, and banjo!

What are you studying in college and which college are you attending?

I am currently a senior at Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter. I will graduate this June, Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in Economics with Honors and a Certificate in Public Policy and Political Science. I’m in the top 10% of my class.

 

Since you are not a music major, what musical activities are you engaged in at school?

I am Co-Founder and President of Hawkappella, Hunter College’s first (and only award-winning) a cappella group! We rehearse twice a week for two hours, and perform regularly. Our most recent performance was at the Fall 2014 Public Policy Capstone Celebration of Scholarship –  where I presented my first thesis – and we performed at the Roosevelt House. We also have several performances coming up this semester, culminating in our final performance on May 14 at Six Flags Great Adventure! I also performed with The Houghtones when I studied abroad at the London School of Economics for my junior year – they are another a cappella group, and they are so great.

How has your background in music helped you to achieve at school?

Music and performing has always been a major part of my life. In high school, I was never able to participate in sports due to a medical condition, so I instead put my time and energy into music. Studying music taught me discipline, which has helped me so much throughout my undergraduate career. I remember in high school preparing for NYSSMA. In my junior year, the time I spent preparing for my adjudication was intense – it would determine if I was chosen for All State. I spent hours each week prepping, and the day of my adjudication was one of my best performances ever. I got a 100 on my Level 6 piece, Una Donna a Quindici Anni, an achievement not easily accomplished. I was selected for All State, and that was an incredible experience! The hard work really paid off in the end. That drive has always stayed with me, and it’s important to have in college. As a vocalist, performing music increased my confidence as well, as had made me a better public speaker. Giving presentations is something that I do often at school and at my current job, so I’m very grateful for that great skill.

 

Do you think the Music Academy helped to prepare you for a successful career? If so, how?

I definitely think MAGC helped me for my future. First, I had several great teachers who not only helped me strengthen my music skills, but also became a support system for me and my sister, Juliana. We have both benefitted so much from the Academy, and we really appreciate and love the staff – they are like our family! The recitals are great too because they offer all students a chance to show off their skill. Now that I am in college and perform more with a group than as a soloist, I can really appreciate how important performances are because they are a goal to work towards. Obviously learning a new skill is important and intrinsically rewarding, but the rush of performing on stage can’t be beat, and there’s something to be said for that as a motivating factor.

 

Any other thoughts you would like to share?

The reward you get from studying music is worth every minute of your time, and every dollar you invest. And it’s NEVER too late to start!

Thanks, Angela!





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