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Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts 31st Annual Instrumental Competition Awards $28,500 in Prize Monies to Aspiring Musicians

first_img Business News 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Seated left to right: Participants Annelle Gregory, Gallia Kastner, Nora Doyle, Dong Nyouk Sunrise Kim, James Cooper, Connor Rowe, Elissa Brown, Eric Abramovitz, Cristina Cuts Dougherty, Víctor Díaz, Joachim Becerra Thomsen. Standing left to right:?PSHA Instrumental Chair Vikki Sung, Judges Tom Hooten, Jin-Shan Dai, Gregory Ben Ullery, Burt Hara, Elise Shope Henry, Jonathan Karoly, PSHA President Dr. Lynn Mehl.In a brilliant display of talent, 11 young musicians, ages 18 to 22, won a total of $28,500 in the 31st annual Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) annual Instrumental Competition. The event was held October 20 at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and chaired by longtime Pasadena resident Vikki Sung. To date, PSHA has awarded more than $550,000 to promising music students since the competition began in 1985.“It is our great privilege to support and encourage these tremendously talented students with their music education,” stated PSHA President Dr. Lynn Mehl. “You can feel their passion and dedication to music in their performances.”“The caliber of talent on display at the competition was outstanding,” remarked PSHA Instrumental Competition Chair Vikki Sung. “It’s very gratifying to recognize and support such promising young musicians in their pursuit of a classical music education.”“It was a tremendous privilege to be able to hear the 11 young talents at the Pasadena Showcase Competition,” said Jin-Shan Dai, who plays violin with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and served as the Juding Chair. “Words like ‘gem in the making’ and ‘diamond in the rough’ are often used to describe young musicians, but what we found was a treasure trove, filled with the most beautiful jewels. The experience was both eye opening and humbling,” he concluded.The Grand Prize for Exceptional Talent and Musicianship, in the amount of $6,000, was awarded to Joachim Becerra Thomsen. The 21 year-old earned his Masters degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and is pursuing his Professional Studies Certificate in Flute Performance at The Colburn School. Joachim impressed the judges with his performance of Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. One judge called his performance “virtuosic and expansive.” Joachim aspires to be an orchestral musician and perform as a soloist. Teaching will also be an element of his career. “I want to pass along what I have discovered about music to others,” he said.PSHA Awarded Ten Other PrizesBrass Awards: Second Place ($2,500) to Cristina Cutts Dougherty (Colburn) and Connor Rowe (Colburn).Woodwind Awards: First Place ($4,000) to Eric Abramovitz to (USC Thornton School) and Victor Diaz (Colburn); Honorable Mention ($500) to Elissa Brown (USC Thornton School).String Awards: First Place ($4,000) to Gallia Kastner (Colburn); Second Place ($2,500) to Dong Nyouk Sunrise Kim (Colburn); Honorable Mention ($500) to James Cooper (Colburn) and Nora Doyle (Colburn).Jack Smith Memorial Award for Most Promising Talent: Twenty one year-old violinist Annelle Gregory (USC Thornton School) received the Jack Smith Memorial Award for Most Promising Talent in the amount of $1,500.After the performances, the finalists reflected on the significance of music in their lives.James Cooper: “My advice to young musicians is to work hard, don’t give up and never be satisfied to be the best kid in town.”Gallia Kastner: “Mom wanted me to focus on tennis like my sisters. But it became clear that wasn’t my strength. When I picked up a violin, it was like reuniting with a missing limb.”Dong Nyouk Sunrise Kim: “I didn’t pick the cello; it picked me. My sister played it and I wanted to be like her. I was nine and desperately wanted to learn to play ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’”.Selected from 43 applications, 11 finalists performed before a panel of seven dedicated judges, all of whom are musicians with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Jin-Shan Dai (Violin) headed the panel, which included Burt Hara (Clarinet), Elise Shope Henry (Flute), Thomas Hooten (Trumpet), Jonathan Karoly (Cello), Gregory Roosa (Horn), and Ben Ullery (Viola).About Pasadena Showcase House for the ArtsEach year, PSHA awards gifts and grants to a diverse list of non-profit organizations in support of their efforts in the community. This is in addition to their longstanding support of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. The PSHA Instrumental Competition is one of many music education programs funded by the proceeds from the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, which will take place April 23 to May 21, 2017. To purchase tickets, or for more information or membership details about PSHA, please visit www.pasadenashowcase.org. Giving Back Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts 31st Annual Instrumental Competition Awards $28,500 in Prize Monies to Aspiring Musicians From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 11:28 pm Community News Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Home Prices Remain Flat; Distressed Homes Stable in March

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Monday 3/31/2014 Next: Texas Employment Still Growing; Oil and Gas Industry Lead About Author: Colin Robins March 30, 2014 778 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Clear Capital Distressed Sales Growth Home Data Index Home Sales 2014-03-30 Colin Robins The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Clear Capital Distressed Sales Growth Home Data Index Home Sales Clear Capital, a provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation and collateral risk assessment, released its Home Data Index Market Report with data through March, 2014. The report noted that the frosty winter left home prices mostly flat, while saturation of distressed homes remained stable at 21.8 percent.Year-over-year, home prices increased by 9.8 percent, and .7 percent sequentially.The report noted that the Midwest is still experiencing non-existent growth over the quarter, causing concerns in the region.”Our data through the end of March reveals prices remained steady through the final weeks of winter, a sigh of relief to all market participants,” said Dr. Alex Villacorta, VP of research and analytics at Clear Capital. “Yet, national quarterly gains of just 0.7% mean there’s certainly still risk for short-term price declines in some markets.”Low tier home sales, which are classified as homes selling for $95,000 and less, have fueled recovery for the past two years, according to Clear Capital. The report found, “This deeply discounted sector attracted enough buyers to drive prices up 31.8% from the bottom of the market in 2011. Over the last quarter, however, low tier home price gains slowed to just 1.2%—a big difference from 3.7% a year ago.”Clear Capital hypothesizes the increasingly stable market could motivate first time and “move-up” home buyers to purchase homes.Home prices were outpaced by the owner’s equivalent of rent for 21 out of 23 quarters. This environment was particularly friendly to investors, who saw attractive returns that helped drive investor demand past historical norms.According to the report, “While the recovery took hold, home price gains outpaced growth in the owners’ equivalent of rent in most of 2012 and 2013.”Villacorta believes a few shifts are essential in order to maintain market stability.”The key to overall market progress and stability in 2014 will lie in the transition from investor to traditional home buyer demand,” he said.Villacorta added, “While each segment will continue to be important, healthy markets have shown higher rates of traditional home buyer demand and less investor-driven demand. Should prices remain stable, home buyer confidence will build, supporting a balanced transition.”The highest performing major metro markets quarter-over-quarter for March were all in California: Riverside, California (2.5 percent); Fresno, California (2.1 percent); San Diego, California (2.1 percent); Sacramento, California (2.1 percent); and Los Angeles, California (2.1 percent).The lowest performing major metro markets quarter-over-quarter for March include: New Orleans, Louisiana (-2.6 percent); Dayton, Ohio (-2.4 percent); Jacksonville, Florida (-0.2 percent); Milwaukee, Wisconsin (-0.1 percent); and Baltimore, Maryland (-0.1 percent). The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. center_img Home / Daily Dose / Home Prices Remain Flat; Distressed Homes Stable in March Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home Prices Remain Flat; Distressed Homes Stable in March Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Share Savelast_img read more

The Bright Side of Residential Investment

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago October 17, 2019 907 Views Previous: REO Activity’s Ups and Downs Next: Default Rates Inching Upward Across the Board Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. About Author: Seth Welborn The Bright Side of Residential Investment Residential fixed investment and continued strong consumer spending are expected to help counteract weakness in business fixed investment, according to the latest commentary from the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group.Risks to the ESR Group’s forecast remain biased to the downside, with trade tensions between the U.S. and China continuing to pose the greatest threat to growth, but housing is expected to be a source of strength in the near term. While the ESR Group had expected housing to contribute positively to third quarter GDP growth, stronger-than-expected recent data led the Group to revise substantially upward its projection for residential fixed investment. The Group’s updated forecast of 4.2% annualized is 3.3 percentage points higher than last month’s projection. According to Fannie Mae, this would represent the first time residential fixed investment has been positive since 2017.“While consumer spending, supported by a healthy labor market and gains in household wealth, remains the current expansion’s economic engine, the housing sector appears poised to offer meaningful near-term contributions to growth,” said Fannie Mae SVP and Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “Our macroeconomic forecast continues to call for solid, if modest, real GDP growth through 2020 despite the persistence of downside risks associated with U.S.-China trade tensions, slowing global growth, and other geopolitical concerns. Considering these risks and the Fed’s reluctance to roil financial markets, this month we’ve updated our monetary policy expectations. We now expect the federal funds rate cut previously projected for December to occur this month, followed by one more in January, the final such cut of the forecast horizon. The potential January rate cut is more conditioned on the intervening data than normal given the divided views of the voting members of the Fed Board.”“Unfortunately, expectations for a stronger housing market through the early part of next year are unlikely to offer prospective homebuyers much respite from the longstanding affordability issue,” continued Duncan. “Home prices appear likely to maintain a positive growth trajectory due in part to persistently low mortgage rates and evidence of declining inventory. On the flip side, the supply imbalance should be supportive of new home construction, which we believe will lead to an uptick in single-family housing starts through next year.” The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Related Articlescenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Economy Fannie Mae Investment Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Economy Fannie Mae Investment 2019-10-17 Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Investment, News Home / Daily Dose / The Bright Side of Residential Investmentlast_img read more

Men arrested in connection with Strabane mortar device released

first_imgTwo men arrested as part of an investigation into the discovery of a mortar device in Strabane in September have been released.The 25-year-olds were arrested by Detectives from the Terrorism Investigation Unit yesterday and have been released after questioning.Police say the discovery of the improvised explosive device in the Church View area of the town on September 7th remains under investigation. Twitter Men arrested in connection with Strabane mortar device released Facebook Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – December 4, 2019 WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twittercenter_img WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Facebook Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday November 4thNext articleDonegal and Derry to meet in McKenna Cup News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 9/6/20

first_img Beau Lund September 7, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 9/6/20 Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUECleveland 4, Milwaukee 1Tampa Bay 5, Miami 4San Diego 5, Oakland 3AMERICAN LEAGUEBaltimore 5, N.Y. Yankees 1Chicago White Sox 8, Kansas City 2Detroit 10, Minnesota 8Toronto 10, Boston 8Seattle 4, Texas 3L.A. Angels 9, Houston 5NATIONAL LEAGUEN.Y. Mets 14, Philadelphia 1Atlanta 10, Washington 3Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 2San Francisco 4, Arizona 2St. Louis 7, Chicago Cubs 3Colorado 7, L.A. Dodgers 6NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSMilwaukee 118, Miami 115 (OT)L.A. Lakers 117, Houston 109NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSDallas 1, Vegas 0WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONDallas 101, Washington 94 (OT)Seattle 103, Minnesota 88Los Angeles 86, Chicago 80MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERNew York City FC 0, D.C. United 0 (Tie)Philadelphia 3, New York 0  Columbus 3, Cincinnati 0  New England 2, Chicago 1  Minnesota 4, Real Salt Lake 0  Nashville 0, Miami 0 (Tie)  Portland 2, Seattle 1  LA Galaxy 3, Los Angeles FC 0  Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

“READERS FORUM” JANUARY 13, 2019

first_imgAny comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Who was the most effective Mayor of the Evansville?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.last_img read more

McCambridge boosted by Barclays funding

first_imgBakery group McCambridge has secured £6m funding from Barclays Bank to invest in its Soreen and own-label brands.The firm, which recently filed its accounts, has made an operating profit of £2.7m to 30 June 2009, compared to a £5.4m loss in its previous financial year. Group commercial director Neil Fraser told British Baker that McCambridge had gained support from its main investor, Barclays, to turn the business around. Part of the capital is being spent on new machinery in order to improve production efficiencies. “With the Soreen business we will also be investing in marketing to try and drive brand awareness,” explained Fraser. “It’s really a two-pronged plan commercial and operational.” Barclays has provided “the bulk” of funding for the project, with additional cash investment coming from McCambridge.Fraser explained that the Soreen business is slightly ahead in terms of the installation of new equipment, due to the seaso-nality of its own-label business, which manufactures products such as mince pies. For own-label, “the physical work will commence very early January, with expected completion in June”, he said.The sale earlier this year of six of its smaller bakeries, acquired when the firm bought cake firm Inter Link out of administration in 2007, has made “a big difference in terms of efficiency”, according to Fraser. He added that one of the future aims of the business was to have more “centres of excellence rather than trying to be all things to all men”.Fraser said that the firm’s entire business, plus its Irish and Polish operations which comprise its Creative Cake, own-label and Soreen divisions “are all on track”. And as the bulk of McCambridge’s business will be finished by Christmas, he added: “We’re quietly confident we’ll hit the numbers we’ve told investors we would this year.”last_img read more

US machinery firm sets sights on UK

first_imgUS machine supplier United Bakery Equipment (UBE) is on a mission to crack the UK market. The automated slicing and packaging equipment specialist plans to raise its profile after installing its first high-performance UBE band slicer at a leading UK plant baker. Peter Wallin, director of UK partner Habwood Technical Solutions, admitted that a previous version of the machine had struggled to cut softer British bread, but said this had been rectified. “Build design has changed and it now cuts really efficiently,” he said.The firm will embark on a tour of the major bakers in Britain and Ireland in a bid to convert bakers. “We’re very confident that it will prove successful, as the two people who have trialled the machine, have bought it. UBE fully recognises the importance of the UK market and is determined to make further inroads.”UBE’s 90-75 band slicer provides smooth, even slicing and is ideal for the British market, according to Wallin.“Slices are smooth and uniform because the 90-75 moves loaves through the blades at a slower penetration rate. A major benefit is that blades will last between three and four weeks rather than a typical 24 hours.”The machine sells for between $220,000 (£144,336) and $300,000 (£196,815) depending on the options.last_img read more

Van Ghost Recruits All-Star Musicians For New Album ‘The Ghost Unit’ [Stream/Review]

first_imgFor nearly a decade, Van Ghost has existed in the shadows; revealing themselves sparingly at select and special engagements from New York City to Costa Rica. The brainchild of Chicago music industry impresario Michael Harrison Berg, the extended Van Ghost band is a familial diaspora sprawling the continental 48; over the years, this collective has tread a road map in revival. In what might very well be the outfit’s swan song, Berg, Jennifer Hartswick and the current evolution of Van Ghost are finally unveiling The Ghost Unit, a magnetic collection that delivers huge hooks, heavy hearts, and heroic harmonies in abundance. An album in tradition and in spirit, the band employs several styles but collectively never strays far from the ghostly aesthetic.Listen to the album streaming below, and continue reading for an in-depth review of the new release.[Embed here]After an extended period of songwriting, often in tandem with the venerable Nashville/Chicago song factory Chris Gelbuda, in December 2014 Berg got the call: it was time to round up The Ghost Unit. He and Hartswick enlisted a veritable murderer’s row to manifest Van Ghost’s third album: longtime VG collaborators Natalie Cressman (trombone) and guitarist Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power), SoCal drummer John Staten (ex-KDTU, Pimps of Joytime), guitarist Grant Tye (Sonia Dada), bassist Chris Chew (The Word, North Mississippi All-Stars), the multi-instrumentalist Chris Gelbuda, and Hartswick’s trusty keyboard foil Rob Marscher (Addison Groove Project, Matisyahu) all decamped to Westford, VT to record at the legendary The Barn studio.   With Phish’s engineer Ben Collette behind the boards and capturing the sessions straight to analog two-inch tape, the colossal crew spent five days recording fourteen songs, totally ensconced in their mission. For an enchanting week deep in the Green Mountains, the vibe in The Barn was communal, and at times spiritual; as the band connected in between takes with gospel sing-alongs harkening back to Cassarino and Staten’s childhood traditions. In summoning holy spirits, the band unknowingly adopted a practice that dripped onto the greasier funk arrangements, and seeped into the harmonies of the folkier numbers.  The record itself is a tremendous artistic statement, the earnest, rootsy, no-frills perspective resonates within the listener. Coming out of the gates with a massive slab of prominent pop, “Dead Radio Club” makes it clear that this is not a jam-band. Song craft is at the forefront of this focused endeavor, and the cuts are too crucial to be buried in a bunch of shredding. Don’t tell that to Cassarino though, whose opening bout of axe-slinging slays with a troubadour tone that is downright demonstrative. As the vocal harmonies swell behind him, Nicky Cakes ups the ante with every quotation and builds the opening number effectively. Hitting second is the contemporary mid-tempo funk of “Strength & Pain,” a confident stride down Steely Dan avenue, big, bright hooks and a monster chorus drunk on the feels. Marscher’s analog synth, propelled by sultry sax interplay courtesy of Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli, takes the tune off into the stratosphere. The alt-country reggae vibes that populate “Simplify,” co-written with Grant Tye, are matrimoniously adjoined with a giant pop refrain, a bombastic alchemy that belies the song’s niche, humble beginnings.  On earlier efforts like 2009’s Melodies for Lovers, 2012’s The Domino Effect, Berg’s admitted admiration for the likes of Wilco and Ryan Adams was evident, but the trajectory of Van Ghost’s folkie-Americana styles steadily broadened with each release. On The Ghost Unit, the adventuring achieves mightily, doing so on many fronts: musical, lyrical, emotional, and thematic. The songwriting and execution are indeed praiseworthy, yet this collective of players channel something serendipitous and spectacular, the sum of these prodigious parts dripping in some kind of special sauce.The Van Ghost project exists as a living, breathing testament to Berg’s bond with trumpet player, vocalist, and renaissance woman Jennifer Hartswick; on The Ghost Unit, their magnificent, decade-long partnership has never shone brighter. “Follow Me” is a Hartswick showcase, unleashing a chunkier funk than found anywhere in the Van Ghost discography. Again, a heavyweight hook and undeniable chorus cement the tune not only in their own ever-diversifying canon, but as a single that would find itself equally at home on Sirius Jam_ON or an adult contemporary playlist. The song was written specifically for Hartswick in mind, though it’s actually Cressman who sings the lead in the bridge.The empress affectionately known as J-HA is in full effect throughout the record, and some of the most exemplary performances of her career are found within The Ghost Unit. Case in point is the breathtaking, Gelbuda-penned “Fool for the Pain;” a steamy and seductive serenade that sees Jen emulating a late-70’s Stevie Nicks, all the while making the kiss-off entirely her own. Hartswick lures listeners into a lair of lucidity, while Berg and the boys caustically cook beneath her siren song.  There are a few selections that are, in their indie-alt-country roots, set apart from the rest of The Ghost Unit. It is the unmitigated genius of Chris Gelbuda at work; the talented singer-songwriter who has worked with Meghan Trainor and John Legend. Gelbuda plays all over the record, and lends his magic touch to collaborate with Berg a pair of choice country love songs. “I Ain’t Gonna Fight You, For You” could be a platinum Luke Bryan anthem, a scorn lover’s reality check, with an unforgettable refrain. Cassarino steps up with some muscular, lyrical guitar-work to accentuate the vibe, while the drums tastefully make the bed. “If It Ain’t Crazy” another pop-country Gelbuda/Berg gem, takes a detour from Nashville to New Orleans around the two minute mark, as Cressman and Hartswick’s brass tones hint towards a Second Line swagger, before Cassarino’s patented background croon redirects the tune back towards Music City, U.S.A, by way of Muscle Shoals. In the album’s most definitive juxtaposition, “ATX” follows with some grimy, sludgey, unadulterated arena rock that would have ZZ Top shaking in their platform boots. A powerful descending bridge and empowering, euphoric chorus, this song was made for air-guitar in the shower, and celebrating with hometown homies. After sitting on the album for over a year, Berg has finally decided that the time is now for the world to hear this piece of art, an album in the truest essence of the format. The Ghost Unit might be a final salvo for Berg’s vision as it pertains to Van Ghost; if indeed it is, then the record succeeds as a dynamic and defining document- confident, contemporary, relevant, and revelatory.   [Photos by Zach Nelson]last_img read more

Puzzling out a life’s work

first_img Extending a hand If classics solves the “why,” chemistry explains the “how,” Pierre said. Through chemistry, he could understand how electrons create energy and movement; how objects collect kinetic energy to move; and what’s behind a beam of light. “I can get the human portion and then the science background,” Pierre said.Pierre can speak for more than an hour with no more than a few seconds to breathe, a talent he uses in sports broadcasting, too. He attributes his garrulous nature to his father, whom he calls a “very social person.” Both his parents are Haitian immigrants with careers in health care (his father is a sleep technician), who pushed him to become a doctor or lawyer. Pierre wanted to make the decision for himself. Though he considered scientific research, he disliked the idea of standing alone at a benchtop all day with little social interaction. Instead, he imagines the moment when he can solve a patient’s problem face-to-face: “You tell them, ‘You’re going to be OK,’ their face lights up and then their family’s faces light up,” he said.Pierre has a lot of experience bringing joy. As a Peer Advising Fellow (PAF), he guides a group of first-year students through their transitions into academic and social college life; he also serves as a PAF in the Office of Career Services’ Career Cluster, where he advises students who are considering careers in the life sciences, biotechnology, or pharmaceuticals. And he’s a member of: the Crimson Key Society, a student community service organization; Persephone, an undergraduate classics journal; the Harvard Caribbean Club; and the Harvard Black Men’s Forum (BMF) where, as of this year, he serves as president. “I want to make BMF as best as it can be,” Pierre said. That means extending the same support he received as a freshman to other young Black students, including those in elementary and middle schools, to show them “not only is college something I should pursue but something I can pursue.”Pierre slips easily into the mentor role, but has been an eager mentee, too. As a young chemist, he found a role model in T.J. Hazen, a chemistry concentrator who graduated from Harvard in 2019 and is now enrolled at Harvard Medical School. “That’s exactly where I want to be,” Pierre said. “A Black person, a chemistry major, is now at Harvard Medical School.” In elementary school, Orvin Pierre ’22 was playing basketball outside on a concrete court with two friends when one, Omari, went up for a lay-up, battled for the hoop, and landed headfirst on the concrete. Pierre, about 10 years old at the time, saw blood creep from Omari’s head and panicked: He thought his friend was dying. He ran to get the school nurse, who strolled out to the court as calm as Pierre was frantic.Minutes later, Omari was sitting up, chatty, and holding a bag of ice to his bandaged head.“I was just fascinated,” Pierre said. The nurse had performed two miracles: fixed Omari’s body and soothed Pierre’s mind. “She helped both of us at the same time.”In that childhood moment, Pierre decided he wanted to do that, to fix people — make them calm, healed, better. Now, the Dunster House junior is concentrating in chemistry and classics, a pairing that makes perfect sense on his path toward a medical career. Because if there’s one thing Pierre loves, it’s a good puzzle. And, he decided, if he was going to have to piece together what his patients thought and felt with their medical data, a background in both science and humanism would be the best preparation.After Pierre witnessed the Great Omari Rescue, he scoured YouTube videos of medical explanations and surgical animations. He peppered his mother — a nurse — with questions about her work. Later, he dug up old episodes of the TV show “House” and, even though the surly protagonist was no behavioral role model, Pierre loved how the brilliant diagnostician solved puzzles hidden in patients — not just their bodies, but their behaviors and personalities, too.Growing up in Bridgewater, Mass., Pierre found more mysteries in books, solving whodunits alongside some of his favorite detectives, like Encyclopedia Brown and Sherlock Holmes. But the real challenge came when he had to decide which kind of puzzle to turn into a concentration and, later, a career. When a fifth-grade teacher demonstrated the elephant toothpaste experiment — where hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and yeast bloom a massive tube of foam — he thought he would pursue science. But then in high school at St. Sebastian’s in Needham, Latin and the fantastical myths from ancient Rome and Greece attracted him too. When he arrived at Harvard as a freshman, he was torn: Which concentration to choose?He chose both. “With classics,” Pierre said, “I can understand the why behind everything. Why does a society work the way it does? Why do we follow a certain set of rules? The best way for me to understand why we do something now is to understand why we did something in the past.” “My goal is to retire never having failed someone.” — Orvin Pierre ’22 Related Closing the gap Noah Harris ’22, new president of Undergraduate Council, plans to ’push what’s possible’ Mortality rate after cancer surgery drops in decade, but disparity persists between Black and white patients Student describes pandemic’s impact on his life — and how he’s giving back With his lifelong love of sports — and as a fan of the Boston-area professional teams — Pierre sees orthopedic trauma as a potential field. But many orthopedic operations, like hip replacements and tendon tears, have ready solutions. So, the puzzle chaser is curious about neurosurgery, an area he already has some background in: Pierre volunteered in high school at an assisted living center for people with dementia, and last summer worked in Jacob Hooker’s lab studying ALS.Medical mysteries still excite Pierre, but they make him nervous, too. “No doctor is 100 percent on all his cases,” he said. “And that’s something I’m going to have to live with. I could not help this person. I could not save this person. Especially if I go into neurosurgery, where a lot of those cases literally could be life or death.”That kind of pressure might dissuade less determined students, but it’s exactly what attracted 10-year-old Pierre to medicine that day on the basketball court when he thought Omari was straddling life and death. Now, if he has his way, he’ll solve the impossible puzzle: How to save everyone. “My goal is to retire never having failed someone,” he said.“I know that’s very unreasonable,” he continued with a half-smile that seemed to say: “I don’t care. I’m going to try anyway.” Working for change that’s both aspirational and real The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more