Tara Saraf, 15, of Greenwich, has been playing saxophone for the past seven years and has recently picked up the clarinet, increasing her love and knowledge for music.
In 4th grade, she was first introduced to the saxophone. Despite the pandemic, she used her extra time learning clarinet.
This summer, she attended band camp that helped kids learn more about their instruments and music. In previous years, Tara had auditioned for regal competition for both the classical and jazz sections in 2018 and 2019 and was selected for the jazz section, which is more competitive.
“Engaging with fellow musicians has increased my love for music,” she said.
“I have gotten to give back and receive new insights.”
Tara is a junior at Greenwich High School. At her high school, she expresses her identity and culture by being a part of the South Asian Heritage Club. She co-runs a nonprofit organization called “A Gen Z’s Take” as the writer and interviewer. The nonprofit illuminates the perspectives of Gen-Z through interviews. It is a safe space for young creatives to express their experiences.
In addition to creating music, she enjoys listening to artists such as Troye Sivan, TXT and Joji.
“Music is something I am passionate about and enjoy,” she said.
In the upcoming school year, she will be in her school’s ensemble and jazz ensemble. She is also planning on attending another band-related camp later this summer.
Alyssa Hodge is a student at Achievement First Amistad High School, New Haven.