Originally Published: January 16, 2013 9:45 p.m.
Four student musicians from American Lutheran Church - Katie Trent, Tessa Diehl, Zara Glidden and Johan Glidden - have been selected to attend the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival from June 23 to July 21 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
The students will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in the church sanctuary, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. The public is welcome, and donations in support of the students' tuition to the academy are welcome.
Trent, 16, first tried a trombone mouthpiece six years ago and when she was unsuccessful at that, her band director assigned her a clarinet. Of this experience, she said, "I went home and tried over and over to buzz my lips. It worked." And, the next day, the director made her first chair and allowed her to play with the more advanced band.
Trent also plays tuba, baritone and guitar but the trombone remains her first love. At Prescott High School, she is principle trombone in the wind ensemble, trombone section leader in the marching band and second chair in the jazz band. She has played in the Yavapai College Orchestra and was recently accepted as a member of the Prescott POPS Symphony.
Diehl, 16, plays upright bass, and first picked up the instrument because her father had played it and she "wanted to be just like him." After five years of instruction, she has progressed from Music Start, an introductory program sponsored by the church, to three years in the Regional Honors Orchestra and two seasons with the Prescott POPS Symphony.
Zara Glidden, 17, plays piano and organ and participates in a bells ensemble and two different choirs at American Lutheran. Of her music she says, "You never know how much you love a piece until you know how to play it. I love getting to know a song note by note and putting bits and pieces of myself into it as I go."
Johan Glidden, 15, also known as "Bix," is well known in the local music community for his violin talent, which his parents began to nurture when he was just 5 years old. Today, his violin genres include classical, jazz and fiddle. He plays lead guitar in American Lutheran's youth band and has entertained with his violin at a number of venues, competition award ceremonies, worship services and theatrical productions, including "Fiddler on the Roof." He is currently a member of the Prescott Chamber Orchestra.