Lani Sommers (BMus'02)

Feeling like a superstar

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The people in the music department have a true affection for the art and their ability to share their passion is contagious.

   

Although Lani Sommers has lots of great memories of her days at Dalhousie, there is one that stands out in particular.

“I will never forget being a featured soloist for the first time ever,” she says.

The performance piece was a work by Mozart.

Standing out from the crowd

“Standing in front of the orchestra wearing a beautiful evening gown with nothing but my flute in my hands was an incredible experience,” says Lani. “I felt like a superstar and I got to do this on several more occasions while at Dalhousie.”

While at Dalhousie, Lani performed in noon-hour recitals, orchestra concerts, wind ensemble concerts and was a featured soloist in several concerto night productions.

Today, Lani is the department head of music at Vaughan Secondary School in Thornhill, Ontario. Teaching is a career she always planned on pursuing.

For Lani, her days at Dalhousie are looked upon fondly, but the things she learned there continue to influence her today.

“The passion and enthusiasm for music was most definitely passed on to me from the many instructors, professors, and conductors at Dalhousie,” she says. “I often hear their voices when I am speaking to my own students about my love for music. The people in the music department have a true affection for the art and their ability to share their passion is contagious.”