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Holmberg qualifies for All State Orchestra

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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Ashley Holmberg playing her violin at the Dillon Community Church during seniors' night.

DILLON – Breckenridge has been known for its top-notch music festival for years, but now, even Summit County’s students are beginning to reflect the musical excellence in the mountains.Summit High School senior and viola player Ashley Holmberg earned a seat in this year’s All State Orchestra; it’s the equivalent of a wrestler or golfer making it to the state championships.She auditioned with more than 450 students and made the final cut with 109 other musicians. She is the first student in Summit High School history to qualify.”It’s a huge honor,” Holmberg said. “I’ve wanted to do it for so long.”

Holmberg auditioned last year, playing violin, but didn’t make it. This year, she entered the competition playing the viola.”The viola matches my personality better than the violin,” she said. “It’s more of a low-key instrument whereas violin is very high pitched and out there. I love how deep the instrument is, and I see myself as deep, like the viola.”Holmberg learned the violin from the Suzuki method, and now she takes lessons at the Boulder Arts Academy once a week for one to three hours.The University of Wyoming offered her a scholarship to study music, but she’s waiting to audition at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Northern Colorado, the latter of which is rated one of the top five music schools in the nation.

She plans to become a teacher for the Suzuki method and earn a master’s degree in music performance or music education. She also hopes to take part in the National Repertory Orchestra because the young musicians who have spent summers in Breckenridge have inspired her.Performing in the All State Orchestra at the University of Colorado in Boulder last month helped affirm that she wants to make a career out of music.”The other kids’ motivation inspired me,” she said. “Those people, you’ll see as the next up-and-coming musicians. They have incredible talent. All State Orchestra is better than most university orchestras.”Holmberg credits her teachers and family for their support in helping her reach her full potential as a musician. Her dad, Shane Holmberg, credits her current status to her poise and character when she performs and her ability to go above and beyond as a leader and a musician.

Last November, she earned a position with the Western State Orchestra, an honors orchestra associated with the University of Northern Colorado. Monday, she competes in a concerto competition with the Aurora Symphony; she’s already a finalist, but Monday’s competition will determine the winner.Saturday, March 19, Ashley will perform a solo community concert at 2 p.m. at Dillon Community Church in Dillon.”It’s such an amazing feeling to portray my feelings through music to an audience,” she said. “I love the structure in my life, and I love dedicating my life to something.”Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

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