My name is Kayla Hunt and I am a Senior Music Education and Saxophone Performance Major at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Throughout my time at Adams State, I have learned not only about my major but I have learned more about myself. I am an active member in every instrumental ensemble as well as serving on the university’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education as Secretary, Vice President and President and served on the Jazz Education Network chapter as Vice President. I also have also had the privilege of premiering original works by student composers.
I find myself emerged in music on a daily bases, from composing to teaching sectionals to spending time in the classroom under the guidance of music educators. I have also had the chance to perform across the country. I have performed in Las Vegas, Nevada at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 2 Conference; at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan; in the National Intercollegiate Band (Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma) in Colorado Springs as well as the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference also located in Colorado Springs.
I am currently the audio/visual work-study manager and I have held that position for the last three years. I owe many of my skills to the time that I spend working as the sound engineer with Curtains Up Pagosa. I have been able to use my expertise in assisting with the setting up of new recording gear to running live broadcasts. Through my work with Curtains Up Pagosa, I have learned so many lessons which have benefited me in college. A few of those lessons range from working with difficult people, to teaching concepts and techniques, to being organized to a tee, to taking constructive criticism so I could produce a better show. Curtains Up Pagosa definitely became a family to me as well. They were a group of people who I could rely on and friends who understand the joy and importance of the Fine Arts. Actually, I am still in contact with a number of people who I worked with.
I have so many fine memories of my time with Curtains Up Pagosa. Memories from a walk on role in South Pacific, praying that the power would come back on in Oliver, to the cast and crew trips to the Hot Springs. Plus many more that have become inside jokes over the years.
The Cast of 'Oliver' perdormed by Curtains up Pagosa Photo courtesy of Dale Morris
I’m currently planning my Senior Saxophone Recital as well as other performance opportunities, as well as working towards student teaching next fall. I hope that my future brings me back to Pagosa Springs where I have the time to be a part of the Curtains Up Pagosa family once again. I wouldn’t trade my lessons or memories for the world.