Jenna Hanson

Grade: Junior.

Age: 16.

Art focus: Brainerd High School Chamber Orchestra.

Adviser nomination: “Jenna Hanson is a wonderful musician in the orchestra. She is dedicated to improving on the cello and has a curiosity and enthusiasm for learning new pieces and new clefs. Jenna is committed to being involved with music and sharing her talents with others. It is has been a real joy being part of her musical journey so far.”

Memorable fine arts achievement: “When I was going into the ninth grade, I performed a side by side with the Lakes Area Musical Festival at Tornstrom Auditorium. I rehearsed with them.”

Artist most admired: “Nicholas Wee, who records music performed by quartets and trios and puts them on YouTube.”

Other fine arts activities: Concert Chorale and theater.

Why the cello: “During the last week of fifth grade, I played the cello and I just thought it was a cool instrument and it sounded nice. That is the main reason why I chose it. At first it was kinda hard to learn, but then I just kind of got it.”

Other instruments you play: “I also play the piano, ukulele and guitar and my sister is teaching me how to play the violin, she is in seventh grade. The cello has been my main instrument for the most part. I took piano lessons for a little bit when I was in elementary school to get a grasp on learning music. After I started playing the cello, I began to play the ukulele and guitar. I wanted to play more instruments. Summertime is when I really get time to enjoy playing all the instruments for an extended amount of time.

“I think it’s really neat to be able to find a song you enjoy and play it on a different instrument. Music comes pretty easy to me. My mom plays the French horn and she also took a piano lesson when I was taking lessons.”

Most challenging skill for you in orchestra: “This is my first year in Chamber Orchestra and I would say the most challenging thing for me is knowing how many flats or sharps are in a scale … as there are more than one type of scale, so that kind of thing can be hard finding them all. It can be fun, too.

“The easiest thing when I started playing the cello was the Suzuki music we had was really easy and I picked up shifting pretty quickly.”

What do you hope to accomplish in orchestra: “This year I hope to improve my reading in treble clef and translating it to cello, as that is what I am the slowest at right now.”

Dream job: “I want to be a nurse. So I can spend a large portion of my life helping others.”

Favorite academic subjects: Spanish and English.

Favorite Halloween movie: “Addams Family Values.”

Show you couldn’t stop watching: “Over the summer, I started watching ‘Glee’ on Netflix and it was so incredibly over dramatic and so many musical numbers."

Favorite book: The Harry Potter series.

Favorite genre of music: 1980s, pop music.

Neat experience: “I watched ‘Wicked’ at the Orpheum (in Minneapolis).”

Favorite breakfast food: Peanut butter toast.

Clubs: Eco club and help with the youth cross country ski team at the Northland Arboretum.

Perfect beverage: Strawberry banana smoothies.

Biggest pet peeve: “Being rushed.”

Parents: Tanya and Bill Hanson of Brainerd.