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Senior Ariel Swanson Chosen for Cincinnati Youth Symphonic Band

Senior Ariel Swanson learned this week that she was selected to fill the role of second chair tuba in the prestigious Cincinnati Youth Symphonic Band, a precursor to the elite Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble.

Ariel auditioned last week with dozens of local high school musicians for representatives from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic band are in partnership with CCM’s Collegiate Wind Studies program and the Music Education division. It is for musicians who play flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, string bass, and percussion. The ensemble brings together students from diverse musical backgrounds to perform quality wind ensemble literature.

Ariel has been very involved in the fine arts program at Roger Bacon, and many of the productions of our drama department. Despite being an accomplished musician, she has different plans for college as her senior year gets going.

"My plan is to study chemical engineering, because I am good at science and math, and I think this will make for an interesting undergraduate degree. I plan to attend either Stanford or the University of Southern California, and then I plan to go to law school," says Ariel.

As for what type of law she wants to practice? "I must admit that copyright law is intriguing, as it would allow me to have my foot in the music door, so to speak," shares Ariel, "but criminal law is really where my passion lies."