Name: Kurtis Schmidt
School: Seckman High School
How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start?
I have been performing at recitals for seven years. Originally, hearing classical music, new types of melodies I had never been exposed to, really formed a passion for pursuing and performing classical piano.
How are you preparing for finals? Are you doing anything differently from your usual practices?
The only difference in my practice schedule is my increased focus on the piece I am performing. I have recently begun looking for grand pianos to practice assimilating to the feeling of playing on a piano that large.
What will performing on the Fox stage mean to you?
The opportunity to perform at the Fox Theater is something I would have never dreamt of at 15 years old. Performing at the Fox will display my piano skills and hopefully create a learning experience about performing in this type of environment.
Is there someone you look up to and draw influence form for your talent?
I have had three amazing piano teachers from whom I have received great instruction: Mr. Ed Callahan, Mrs. Bitsi Callahan, and Mrs. Donna Trammel. Mr. Callahan has truly taught me my potential and has taken me to a higher level of piano playing.
What has been the highlight of your performance career?
By far, the Fox Theater competition is my most appreciated opportunity, and one I am most excited about. Before this, other performances have consisted of piano solos at my church on Sunday mornings and competitions held at various schools.
What do you hope to learn from your experience?
I look forward to gaining different points of view that will help my piano career and familiarize me with the performing atmosphere.