Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight!

Sydney Segear, flute
Mount Mansfield Union

 VT Youth Orchestra – 2 years
VT Youth Philharmonia – 1/2 year





Photo credit: Arielle Thomas


How did you choose your instrument over all of the others?

When I was in 5th grade, we were briefly introduced to each instrument in the school band, and I just loved the crisp, clear sound of the flute. I immediately knew that it was the instrument I wanted to play!


What role does music play in your life?

Music is a way for me to relax and express myself each day. I have also made many amazing friends through my involvement in music.


What do you enjoy most about playing in an orchestra?

I love the energy and power of so many musicians playing together at once. You spend a lot of time listening to yourself play alone while you practice, but nothing beats being surrounded by so many amazing musicians while you play incredible pieces — it is truly electrifying.


What advice would you give to younger music students as they strive to build their skills?

Work on sections slowly! If you can’t play it slow, you can’t play it fast.


What kinds of changes would you like to see in the orchestral world?

I would really like to get to perform more pieces by female composers!


What is your favorite VYOA memory?

The Spain and Portugal tour this past summer. I loved getting to visit so many amazing places (especially Madrid!) and play for such welcoming audiences. The orchestra definitely bonded in a special way during this trip.


Apart from orchestral music, what other kinds of music do you listen to? Do other genres influence what you hear in orchestral music?

I’m really open to listening to any kind of music — the kind of music I listen to each day depends on my mood! Some days I may listen to pop, other days I might listen to Broadway musical soundtracks. The music I listen to can encompass so many unique styles, and this has taught me to observe and appreciate the different styles of orchestral music that I listen to and play.


What other activities do you participate in?

I figure skate with the Champlain Valley Skating Club and compete in regional competitions.


What do you plan to study in college and how did you make your choice?

I will be studying computer science. I really enjoy computer programming, math, and using technology to solve problems. While I’m not majoring in music, I will definitely continue to keep music in my life through joining ensembles in college.


Congratulations Sydney! We will miss the quiet camaraderie you bring to the flute section!