Sarah Grace Fairman has secured a position in the clarinet section of the prestigious Texas Community College Band Directors Association (TCCBDA).
Fairman, a sophomore music student who attends Blinn College-Brenham, won the TCCBDA Concerto competition, a competition open to students enrolled in community colleges across the state. She will perform on February 12 at the Texas Music Educators Association’s annual convention in San Antonio.
âSarah is probably the most talented and hardworking student I have ever had the privilege of teaching,â said Jill Stewart, instrumental music coordinator and clarinet teacher at Blinn, âand this is that the beginning of his musical achievements. I loved working with her and can’t wait to see what the future holds. She is an incredible young woman.
Dr Sarah Burke, director of groups at Blinn, also praised Fairman, a Brenham High School graduate who earned top honors from groups from all regions in high school.
âWe are more than proud of Sarah. She’s a phenomenal player and an even better person, âsaid Burke. âWe couldn’t ask for a better representative of our program and of Blinn College as a whole. “
Fairman is the third member of his family to play the clarinet. Her mother Stephanie was in her high school group and her sister Emily was in the Brenham High School group.
âMy sister is 4.5 years older and I really enjoyed going to all of her concerts,â said Fairman, âso I decided to join the band. I didn’t know it would have so much of an impact on my life, but here I am.
Attending Blinn was an easy decision, Fairman said. This allows her to take the foundation courses she needs to transfer to a four-year university while being mentored by the College’s world-class faculty.
âEveryone here wants me to be successful,â she said. âThey all have such a welcoming spirit. They are so encouraging. I really like being here.
Fairman plans to audition for the Baylor University group next fall after graduating from Blinn. North Texas University, Sam Houston State University, and Stephen F. Austin University are also on its list of possible schools.
âI want to get a degree in musical performance and get a teaching certificate,â Fairman said. âI want to play in symphonies and also teach at the same time. “
She has been a regular at Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra concerts and would love to perform with it.
âMost of the teachers here are in this symphony,â Fairman said. âI really like the environment, going there and watching the concerts. It’s just one of my dreams.
She is already gaining experience as a teacher, teaching classes to students in her hometown of Brenham.
âIt’s a challenge, to say the least,â Fairman said. âIt’s hard to be a teacher, but I wanted to gain experience before I moved. “
If Fairman needs letters of recommendation, his Blinn instructors are ready to provide testimonials.
âI can talk about this student all day,â said Todd Quinlan, head of the performing arts department and professor of musical literature at Fairman. “She’s a great kid and a phenomenal musician.”
For more information on the Blinn Music Program, including scholarship and audition opportunities, visit www.blinn.edu/music.
(Story courtesy of Richard Bray, Blinn Information)