50 Years of Alumni: Joseph Christy

College(s)/University attended:
After graduating high school in 2016 I attended Concordia College in Moorhead, where I majored in music. After graduating last May, I decided to join the army as a linguist. Currently I am at the military language institute learning Russian.

What years were you in GTCYS?
I was in GTCYS from spring 2011 until I graduated in spring 2016.

What skills or lessons did you learn in GTCYS that you still use today?
One skill I learned in GTCYS that I still use today is being accountable to others. In orchestra when you don’t learn your part it brings down the quality of music produced by the orchestra. Likewise, in the army, if you don’t do your part and do your objective it can be detrimental to mission success.

Why do you think GTCYS is important for students now?
I think that GTCYS is important to students today because it allows people from different backgrounds to be united in a common goal, which is to make beautiful music.

How does music still play a part in your life?
Music still plays a huge part in my life. Whenever I am studying or doing homework, I listen to music to help me concentrate, and on the weekends when I have more time, I practice my violin to relax and to make sure I don’t lose my skills on the violin.

What is your favorite composer or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. I think that it’s the most beautiful concerto ever written.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I have been to 4 out of the 7 continents in the world, 2 of them thanks to orchestra.

What do you hope to see from GTCYS in the next 50 years?
In the next 50 years I hope see GTCYS to continue to expand and produce hard working people with a passion for music that want to make an impact in the world.

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