It’s a small world, and you just never know who you are going to run into where.
The Old Lady was in Live Oak, Florida, and happened to stop at Stoudemire’s Restaurant for some butter pecan ice cream.
Under the canopied patio, what to her wondering eyes should appear but… a girl practicing the euphonium. And not just any euphonium player, mind you, she turned out to be Stephanie Adams who the Old Lady heard perform recently at Tubaween (see http://www.oldladyandpurpledragon.com/tubaween/ ).
Stephanie not only plays music at Valdosta State University, she is also learning how to arrange music. One of the standout pieces of Tubaween, This is Halloween by composer Danny Elfman from the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas, was artfully arranged by Stephanie.
“I love arranging music. When I came to VSU I had no idea how to do that, but I discovered the software FINALE and now I just love doing it,” she told the Old Lady. “Right now I’m working on an arrangement which is a compilation of various hip-hop hits, which is really fun.”
Stephanie is only in her second year at VSU, and she wants to be a teacher. “It was an English teacher I had who was such a good teacher that it made me want to teach. Of course, I want to teach music!” she said, obviously excited about her future plans.
Right now, Stephanie needs a little help with tuition for her Spring Semester. Stoudemire’s Restaurant is selling raffle tickets for free meals with all the proceeds going into her tuition fund. This is an opportunity for those who care to help a budding young musician achieve her educational goals. But there is no crowdfunding website so you have to be serious about wanting to help. Stephanie can be contacted through Stoudemire’s Restaurant, located at 203 N. Ohio Avenue in Live Oak, Florida. The phone number is 386-330-4944.
It takes a little more effort for you to send a check to the above address than it would for you to click DONATE NOW, but isn’t the future of a dedicated young musician… someone who dreams of sharing her love of music with younger students… worth your time and effort?
The Old Lady nods sagely and says “YES!”