Elise Schaffer

Coopersburg, PA

I started learning to play the violin 13 years ago through the music program in my public school district. There were so many times that I wanted to quit. Learning an instrument is insanely difficult! But, thankfully I had a mother passionate about arts and music. Because of her persistence, I stuck with it and learned to appreciate much more than just performing arts. By the time I graduated high school, I was in the art club, marching band, orchestra, theater pit orchestra, and stage crew for the theater department.

Growing up I can’t say that I absolutely loved playing the violin; however, the years of practice and discipline got me where I am today. I’m not the world’s best violinist, but the skills I learned, the people I met, and the experiences I had were all because of my involvement in the arts. Today, I do love playing the violin but I’m not a professional musician. I ended up majoring in Arts Administration! Hopefully, I will have the chance to spend my professional career surrounded by the world’s most innovative, creative, and artistic minds. I would never have ended up here without the profound impact that the arts have had on my life and the privilege to grow up in an area where the arts are so accessible.