Breck Freshman selected for NYU Songwriting Workshop

Stacy Glaus

Alexis '23 is a talented musician and motivated student and was recently notified of her selection into a highly selective NYU Steinhardt School Summer Songwriting Workshop.

Just 42 participants from all over the world were selected for this prestigious workshop. But this workshop isn't just for high schoolers. Emerging artists from high school through post-graduate were eligible to apply; selection is highly competitive.

"Words cannot describe how incredibly grateful I am for this amazing opportunity," shared Alexis when asked about her selection. "This is my dream! I’ve always wanted to be a singer/songwriter and now I think that may be able to happen! I’m so excited and I cannot wait for the camp to start! This honestly means the world to me."

According to the NYU website, the workshop is led by GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter Phil Galdston and other well-known songwriters who lead hands-on exploration of a wide variety of skills, tools, and strategies essential for working songwriters. 

Alexis has dreamed of opportunities like this since she was very young. At four years of age, Alexis began her study of music at the MacPhail Center for Music. By the age of 8, she started writing her own music.

"I wrote my first song for a little homemade movie I did with my best friend, Aditi '22, and that’s when I fell in love with songwriting," Alexis shared. "Music helps me get through my toughest times. I listen to it when I’m sad, bored, or when I’m happy and want to dance in my room when no one’s watching. I’ve always believed this my entire life: 'Music is my soulmate.'"

Alexis was encouraged to apply for this prestigious workshop by her Breck choral instructor, Ms. Melissa Hanson. "I’m so grateful for [Ms. Hanson]; she truly is the best voice/choir teacher I could ever ask for." 

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