Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight - Elise Ebert, Marshall High School

By Elise Ebert, Marshall High School
June 12, 2020

1) What has been your biggest disappointment/hardship since schools have been closed for the remainder of the academic year?

Elise Ebert, Marshall High School
Elise Ebert, Marshall High School

My biggest disappointments would be missing my senior Prom, missing our choir’s Spring Show, and not having a traditional graduation.

2) What are your plans for the fall?

I will be attending the University of Virginia to pursue a double-major in music, with a concentration in vocal performance, and speech communication disorders.

3) How have your plans changed, if at all?

I initially planned on going to a school where I could get a bachelor’s in music, which is not UVA. However, COVID-19 factored into my decision when I realized opera and art organizations all over the world are shutting down and going out of business. The arts are already such a competitive field to enter, and after this is over there will be even fewer jobs. So, I decided to go to UVA, where I can still study music and pursue opera but also have a really reliable second option with that double major. 

4) What is your passion?

My passion is singing, specifically opera. My passion itself has not altered in light of social distancing; however, I am now doing online voice lessons, online piano lessons, and online choir which is a little strange and more difficult. 

5) What are your hopes for the future?

My hope for the future is to become a professional opera singer. After undergrad, I want to attend graduate school to continue my studies in classical voice. Then, I hope to be accepted into a young artists program at an opera house, where I can begin to make a name for myself in the professional world. 

6) What are you most proud of about your school experience/best memory?

One of my favorite memories is performing in high school singing one of the soprano solos, Stetit Puella, in our music department's production of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. I love classical music, so it was really exciting to get a chance to perform that kind of work in front of my school.