Krystyna Valdivia has been playing violin since she was nine years old and is currently a senior at Lakeside High School. She is planning on double majoring in Music Education and Computer Science. Krystyna has been playing with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) in Little Rock for the past six years. She has also just performed in New York City with students from around the world in the Honors String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has performed at various events including weddings, A Mark Wood “Electrify your Strings” concert, a Patsy Cline tribute concert in Hot Springs Village, a luncheon for Hayden Shamel and the Kollective located in downtown Hot Springs.
At her school, Krystyna has played with the string and chamber orchestras, the choir, and even the pep band. She has also performed in the pit orchestra for two school musicals ("Shrek the Musical" and "Legally Blonde") and will perform in this years production of "Tuck Everlasting". During the summer, Krystyna also participated in the Jazz camp at the Arkansas University at Monticello after receiving a scholarship, and was the only electric violinist to perform.
Krystyna has competed in her high school’s Talent Shows during her 9th, 10th, and 11th grade years and won 1st place all three years on her electric violin. She then represented her school by competing at “Garland County’s got Talent” where she also won 1st place. Krystyna is also passionate about robotics and has been volunteering at Mid-America Science Museum since she was a sophomore. When asked about her reason for why she enjoys performing so much, she simply says that she loves to make others feel truly moved and happy; she believes she can inspire while making a genuine and lasting impact on those who get lost in her music.
ASMSA Step Team members are as follows:
Dayja James, Malik Barnes, Alexandria Mooney, Serenity Islam, Nathalie Flores, Daniel Hackler, Andra Jones, Montea'l Williams, Megan Gray and Adina Holloway
Valerie Carpenter (Sponsor)
Spa City Youngbloods-Blues in the Schools Members, Right to Left: Clarke Elmore, 15- lead guitar & vocals; Tobias Mendenhall, 18 Drums & Vocals; Marston Murdock, 17- Bass guitar ;James Ballard, 13- Drums & Vocals.
Blues in the Schools Central Arkansas program began in the summer of 2013, sponsored by the Spa City Blues Society of Hot Springs, AR. It is totally supported by caring individuals who generously donate their time and talent. Blues in the Schools is an on-going fine arts program to support blues history, music, documentation and performance for youth. The program is designed to incorporate team building and leadership skills.
This year is sponsored by: