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Scholastic Arts Spotlight: Annie Jacobs-Perkins

Annie Jacobs-Perkins is an award-winning cellist from Pittsford-Mendon High School.
When it comes to music, Annie Jacobs-Perkins is gifted and generous. Twice a week, at the Gantt Community Center in Rochester, Annie helps teach cello to kids in the RocMusic Collaborative. "For a really long time, I was hesitant about going into music because it seems almost like a selfish career," Annie says. "I was doing it for myself and I didn't realize that I really could help other people with my music."

This Pittsford-Mendon senior has played cello since the 4th grade. She's the principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She plays in a cello rock quartet. And she's even organized a benefit concert for RocMusic.

"I want to perform as much as possible," she says. "I feel like I reach people when I perform. It's a feeling that I can't get from anywhere else, and I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie so that always helps! But I also want to continue to do things like this."

"My hope is that Annie continues to perform, continues to teach, continues her attitude on music. It's lovely," says Alexander Pena, Director of RocMusic Collaborative. "Annie's smiling, she works hard and she doesn't give up. As long as she keeps that up, then she'll have a wonderful career and a wonderful life in music."

Annie was just awarded a full scholarship to the University of Southern California, where she'll study music performance. Before she leaves Rochester, she'll continue to teach at RocMusic, where her students are among her biggest fans.

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