Amy Gravell is a senior at McNeil High School in Austin, Texas.
Amy began her experience with music when she started piano lessons at age seven. She participated as pianist in her high school jazz band in 2015, and her youth group band as keyboardist since 2015. Amy’s primary instrument is clarinet, which she has played since sixth grade. She has had the honor of playing in the Region 26 Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and the 6A All-State Symphonic band. As a senior, she had the fulfilling experience of learning how to lead a group as head drum major for her marching band.
Amy has been creating her own music since she was achild, when she started making up songs by singing and by exploring melodies on the piano. She started to familiarize herself with notation software in middleschool, creating rough scores of original music for her own enjoyment. In October 2015, she composed her first full band piece, Depths of the Mind, for the PTA Reflections competition. The piece advanced to the national level and was awarded the National Award of Excellence. Amy had the life changing experience of conducting her high school Wind Ensemble performing the piece in May 2016. She had a similarly impact ful experience in preparing the group to play Never-ending Dreams, a wind piece inspired by her entry to the Austin Symphony Young Composer’s Competition, Prelude to Eternity, at her final high school band concert this past May.
Amy will study music education and take composition lessons at Texas State University this fall. She hopes to continue exploring all aspects of the musical world through out her life and career.