Tiffany Christensen – Valedictorian for the IAA Class of 2012

June 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

Tiffany Christensen, a senior Music major cellist from Temecula, California, is Valedictorian for the Idyllwild Arts Academy Class of 2012. Tiffany remarked that she was “actually very surprised” that she was named Valedictorian.  “I took Honors classes because I felt that they would be more interesting and challenging.”

Coming to Idyllwild Arts Academy was an opportunity for her to combine her music and schooling. As for most families they spend their life taking their student from school to lessons or arts classes. Idyllwild Arts families benefit from having one place where their student can do both, academics and arts. Tiffany said that she “was able to focus on these two aspects of my life in a way that I was unable to at public school. I was able to put a focus on what I felt was most important–that was definitely one of the things i loved best about being here.

Time management is always a concern for students and a skill that many Idyllwild Arts alumni state was one of their biggest lessons. Before coming to Idyllwild Tiffany asked a former student how they had managed to get everything done. They told her they “prioritized it, putting their music first, school second.” Tiffany didn’t want to have to make a ‘choice’ between them, and so she organized herself based on time – doing academic work in the dorm, but practicing the cello during the day, “whether it was in between classes, or before curfew”.

Ryan Zwahlen, Music Department Chair, commented that “Tiffany has been a strong and dedicated musician and leader at Idyllwild Arts. Not only has she performed on numerous chamber and orchestral concerts at IAA, but also concerts around town and at the Idyllwild School.”

Tiffany’s plans for college are still undetermined. She’s still waiting to hear on a “few details” but UC Berkeley or NYU are two possibilities.

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