May Ye - The Senior Interview

 

For the first entry of our Class of 2012 interviews I chose a classical pianist that you’ve probably never met – May Ye. Not only does her family live in Waterville (which is already quite a hike for most followers of this blog), but May goes to school in Michigan!

But eventually, you probably will hear about May, as she will undoubtedly take the classical world by storm. So before she plays at Carnegie Hall, I thought I’d ask her a few questions about herself.

Here are May’s answers to my questions.

Tell me a little about yourself: I’m a senior at the Interlochen School for the Arts, which is located in Interlochen, Michigan. I am a classical pianist and am actively involved in the numerous musical activities put on by the arts boarding school I attend. I’m also a member of an award winning oboe, bassoon, and piano trio, as well as a member of the school choir. And, I am a member of their welcome committee for new students at the IAA.

What are you most excited about for your senior year?  For me, the best thing about being a senior will be hearing back from conservatories after passing prescreenings, a step in the audition process for musicians, as well as learning of my acceptances.

I’m also excited about the senior trip to Mackinac Island and it’s famous Mackinac fudge.

Have you started making plans for after high school? Of course. I will be applying to conservatories to focus on piano, and furthering my musicianship. After completing my undergraduate studies, I would like to further my education in eventually pursuing a doctorate degree in collaborative piano. I love working with other musicians, and it is my goal in my life to be able to form, perform, and travel with a trio of my own!

The coolest thing I’ve ever done is participating in the Fischoff National Chamber Music competition and being able to meet so many talented fellow musicians.

Who are your three favorite bands? My three favorite bands are Michael Franti and Spearhead, Blue King Brown, and Project Trio (a collaborative group of a cellist, bassist, and a beatboxing floutist).

Where do you like to shop? My favorite store is Urban Outfitters.

What can you tell us about the clothing from your session? I love the causal look of my white sweeping cardigan draped over my green t-shirt and jeans. The cardigan really paired with the calm water and foamy waves, really brought a nice flow to the images. Lying on the pieces I’ll be playing for my auditions, my skin-tight, rumpled, grey dress looked stunning.

We’re a long way from Michigan – Why did you come to Focus? I found Focus Photography online and was instantly impressed with the high quality work you do. I had seen many of my other friends use photographers whose professional work did not compare to your quality, creativity, and uniqueness.

Thank you! Tell us about your session. I had a studio session as well as a session on the beach. I wanted some unique, artistic, and creative images. I was impressed with my how session went. At first I was nervous, but in short time, I was able to loosen up and smile and laugh naturally.

May Ye - Classical Pianist - senior portraits

 

I love my images. The quality of the portraits captured is truly very impressive. The techniques Will, Lucia and Ali use to make me stand from the background, and how everything flows so nicely together really gave my images the great quality that they have.


How was it working with us at the photoshoot? I really enjoyed working with Will during the shoot.

He certainly helped me to relax and feel comfortable. I was impressed with how he would snap images at times I wouldn’t think he would to create a natural look.

What about your presentation appointment? Choosing my yearbook image was simple, as it was a unanimous vote among myself and my parents.

Lucia was very helpful and supportive in the selection process, and the viewing process was simple, easy to follow, and enjoyable. I very much enjoyed my slideshow.

And most importlantly – do you like your pictures? I love my images. The quality of the portraits captured is truly very impressive. The techniques Will, Lucia and Ali use to make me stand from the background, and how everything flows so nicely together really gave my images the great quality that they have.

I am very happy with my appearance in the images. Your editing techniques are phenomenal, though they still make me appear natural.

What would you advise other seniors? I highly recommend you to other rising seniors. I suggest the combo-session I did with the studio and beach portions.

The variety you get in your pictures is great. Will is very talented at making a lot out of one place. For example, at the beach, I got pictures with flowers, rocks, and water.

 May on the rocks - senior beach session

May Ye's favorite image from her senior picture session at Focus Photography

May had a combination session, both in the studio and at the beach. Please let us know if we reserve a similiar appointment for you. Thanks for checking this blog post out – I’d love to hear what you have to say in the box below. –Will

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