We are so excited to welcome our new interns this year! We’d like to formally introduce you to Heather Woitena and Andrew Horton.
Heather Woitena was born and raised in Pasadena, Texas. She began playing the harp at the age of eleven in fifth grade at the instigation of her music elementary school teacher Mrs. Oakes. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance at Sam Houston State University, and she studied under Paula Page, the former harpist of the Houston Symphony. Heather is working with musicologist Dr. Sheryl Murphy-Manley to publish a catalogue of works for twentieth-century composer Newton Strandberg. She is currently the Alumni Relations Coordinator for the MasterWorks Festival and the Christian Performing Artists’ Fellowship. Following this internship in 2016, Heather plans to attend graduate school for a Masters in Arts Administration.
Andrew started learning violin when he was ten years old with Tom Carter from Booneville, Mississippi. He trained with Mr. Carter learning Bluegrass and Folk technique until he was 12. Andrew then started training classically through the Suzuki Method with Mr. Irwin Bell of Oxford Mississippi. He graduated High school and continued my education at Belhaven University which is where he achieved my Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance under the instruction Mr. Song Xie. During this time he soloed, performed in many weddings, chamber groups, and the Belhaven Symphony Orchestra. Andrew also studied voice for one year and learned Viola as a secondary instrument while at Belhaven. However, Viola has become his primary instrument of performance for gigs and other performance opportunities.
To get to know them a little better, we asked them some of their favorites:
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite book?
Heather: That is a difficult question….Where the Red Fern Grows makes me cry every time.
Andrew: Inheritance Cycle
What is your favorite movie?
Heather: Up and Tangled
Andrew: Cold Mountain
What is your favorite music style?
Heather: Classical or anything harp or folk/indie folk
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Heather: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”
Andrew: Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
Leave Heather and Andrew a comment to welcome them!