Mar 182013

From the Carlisle High School (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) Newspaper – The Periscope

Past CHS students successful in the arts
Published Monday, March 18, 2013 By Abby Leidigh

Former CHS students Daniela Aldrich, William Hume and Dan Reed were just like us. They loved hanging out with friends, eating iconic ice cream at Massey’s, and cheering proudly in the stands at football games. They had favorite teachers and subjects they liked to study at CHS.

However, these three individuals have pushed past disappointment, pain, injury, and rejection to make a name for themselves in different artistic industries. They are now young adults making a name for themselves in the dance, music, and artistic communities.

Hume, who is now a junior, attended CHS as a freshman during the 2010-2011 school year. After CHS, Hume went on to study piano with Dr. Anna Kijanowska at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Since then, his reputation has expanded, and he has played with the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra, the Liberty Academy of the Arts Orchestra, and the Northern Neck Orchestra.

Last month, he played the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Northern Neck Orchestra. He had to memorize over sixty-five pages of music as the soloist, and the concerto alone lasted a half hour. However, his resume doesn’t stop there, as Hume has already played at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and was even featured on the NPR Radio Program, “From the Top.”

Hume said CHS helped him learn to adapt quickly to learn materials on short notice. “I learned to adjust quickly and learn choir and orchestra pieces more efficiently. As I continued to work, I was able to prepare more complex music on shorter and shorter notice. This helped me to become more involved with the music department and community. Everyone was very supportive of my endeavors and I have only positive memories of my freshman year at CHS.” said Hume.

Hume’s words of advice to those who dream of playing in famous ensembles or places? “You have to enjoy what you are doing. If you are serious about your craft, you will have to put the hours in every day to learn repertoire and get better. Any performance opportunity is great and you will build connections too. Bottom line: The more you do, the more you will be able to handle and take on, and opportunities will present themselves to you.”

Now a senior, Aldrich grew up in the Carlisle Area School District, and attended CHS until her junior year. After growing up dancing at CPYB, Aldrich left America to pursue her dream to become a professional dancer. She studied in Spain for a while, where the training and approach was “very different” to that of America.

Currently, she is dancing in the final level of ballet education at The School of American Ballet in New York. From January to April, SAB has an audition season, where students try out for other dance companies around the globe. While it is “quite stressful and arduous” according to Aldrich, the hard work pays off. She recently got acceptance to be an apprentice with a ballet company in Dresden, Germany. Aldrich has not yet decided whether she will stay in the States or move, as the New York City Ballet will let her know in June if they want her as an apprentice.

Aldrich said, “CHS was really helpful and understanding of my schedule at CPYB and enabled me to focus on two rigorous goals at once: train to be a professional ballet dancer and get a good, challenging education and maintain high grades.”

When asked if she had any words of advice to those who dream of dancing professionally, Aldrich said, “There are and will always be people that are older and wiser telling you you can’t do it. Don’t listen to them just because they are older and wiser. Nobody is wise enough to know what is in your heart.”

Reed, who graduated CHS in 2010, is now a junior at Middlebury College in Vermont. He is traveling abroad as part of his college in New Zealand and England, perfecting his photography skills while getting an education. An avid hiker, Reed’s passion for  photography is evident in his breathtaking stills of landscape and wildlife.

Reed took Drawing and Composition at CHS, as well as the Photography class. He was the co-Editor-in-Chief and photography editor for Periscope, and felt all his courses helped him grow and learn as an artist. “I had a lot of great teachers at CHS: Mrs. Muir for Periscope, Mrs. Deitch for chemistry, Mrs. Cook and Mr. Wagner for history, Mrs. Brent for calculus, and several more,” Reed said.

Reed advised art students to “take advantage of having art classes at your disposal at CHS. Having taken art courses in high school, I know some of the ‘basics’ that allow me to be more creative with my art in spare time.”

He also suggested that art students “go on a hike and bring your camera, sketchpad, or painting materials. It’s really rewarding to wander around, find something beautiful, and come home at the end of the day with something tangible that you can be proud of.”

We are fortunate to have so many students follow their dreams and pursue their goals. Don’t be surprised if these hard-working students end up as famous musicians, dancers, and photographers. For more information on these students, visit their websites:

Dan Reed:

William Hume:


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