Skylar Hawthorne is a multi-faceted keyboardist and percussionist. From steel pan to African hand drums, she plays most instruments that are hittable. Her favorite family is keyboard percussion (with four mallets). She's studied with the world's most prolific marimba composer Gordon Stout (Ithaca College), Sam Solomon (Boston University), Tim Genis (Boston Symphony Orchestra) ,and Sean Ritenauer (New York Philharmonic). The combination of their guidance and Skylar's own intrinsic passion has lead to many achievements: she was the principal percussionist of the Connecticut All-State Band twice, the principal percussionist of Ithaca College’s concert band, and a featured soloist with the Greater Bridgeport Youth Symphony, the Ithaca College and BU Concert Bands, and multiple percussion ensembles. Her personal favorite solo was on vibraphone as the premiere for Ryan Fedak’s (Berklee College of Music) Look Around You. Furthermore, she has performed with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra, the New England Philharmonic, and the BU Percussion Ensemble. These groups have taken her worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, Prague, and Dublin. In 2019, Ms. Hawthorne graduated from Boston University with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology and a minor in Music. Now, she's at the University of Michigan as a lab manager for LGBTQ clinical psychology research, a student studying Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and a freelance percussionist/pianist around town.
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