Young Artist of America, Claire Hebeisen

This is the first in our "We Have to Ask" blog series which will provide insight into our performances from the performers themselves. Kicking it off with gusto is violinist, Claire Hebeisen.

Tell us about your preparation of The Circle of Life

In addition to practicing my individual part, I did a lot of listening while following along with the score. This enabled me to practice how I would lead in rehearsal. My sister, who was in the YAA chorus, helped me write in several line cues before the first rehearsal with the singers so I would be absolutely sure where I was in long stretches of rest.

How often would you practice at home? 

I would usually practice the YAA music close to two hours a week and then three hours for the weeks leading up to the show and the recording.

What are your plans for the future in music?

I will attend music school or conservatory next year. (The school is yet to be determined.) I am very passionate about chamber music and would love to form a professional chamber group. I intend to audition for orchestras after graduate school and to begin a private studio. Thanks to YAA, I have also considered auditioning to play in the pit for Broadway shows.

What's your favorite thing about YAA?

YAA gave me the opportunity to perform some incredible music that I would never have been introduced to otherwise. I also appreciate the supportive environment of YAA and the combination of its fast paced rehearsals and attention to detail.

What have you learned from Maestro Kris Sanz?

Mr. Sanz helped me to become a good leader. By giving me so much responsibility and expecting a very high level of performance from us every week, I felt that he taught me what it takes to be a proficient concertmaster. Under Mr. Sanz, I also learned many things about what it is like to be a professional musician. I am very grateful to him for all he has given me in my years as part of YAA.

What was your favorite song in The Circle of Life to perform?

If I Can't Love Her was my favorite. I fell in love with the colors and the lush melodies in the strings as well as the incredible vocal part. It was a very entertaining and emotional piece to play.

What's your favorite kind of music to listen to?

I listen to classical violin and piano works, most musical theater, and pop/rock songs from the 80s.

What's your favorite kind of music to play?

I love to play Romantic music, especially violin sonatas and show pieces from the time period. My favorite orchestral music to play is anything composed by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, or Mahler.