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Violin propels Caden Rasmussen into his future

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Violin propels Caden Rasmussen into his future

Courtesy of Caden Rasmussen

Courtesy of Caden Rasmussen

Courtesy of Caden Rasmussen

Courtesy of Caden Rasmussen

Jordyn Grist

Caden Rasmussen was just 8 years old when he picked up his first violin. According to Rasmussen, his first inspiration to start playing came from his mom, who used to pluck the violin.

Lessons were a given, and have been apart of Rasmussen’s weekly schedule since the first time he picked up the violin.

When the orchestra program came to District 158, Rasmussen joined, and he has continued being apart of the program ever since.

Additionally, he has been involved in competitions both through the school and outside of it.

“For two years I’ve been apart of the McHenry County Youth Orchestra. So I do have [the occasional] concert that I’ll go to,” Rasmussen said.

Even now, while he is still in his freshman year at HHS, Rasmussen has begun to think about the future.

“I’ve thought about [continuing music in the future]. I’ve found there’s not really a certain career I’d like to go into. I’d be fine with teaching others, or playing in a big orchestra, either would be great,” Rasmussen said.

But either way, no matter which path he chooses, Rasmussen will have the support of his family, and his violin by his side.

He listens to a variety of different genres in his free time, ranging from classical composers, like Bach, to rock artists, like Metallica.

In fact, he’s already received recognition for his talent in playing, along with some compensation, even given his age.

“For ILMEA I’ve participated three times. I’ve actually won a scholarship from them for any college I choose,” Rasmussen said. “I’ve also tried composing once, but that didn’t work out very well. I’ll try it again in the future if I’m up to it.”

Though his passion originally derived from his family, Rasmussen has found new appeals to participating in an orchestra.

Through music, he has met many friends and crafted bonds with those he may not have expected to.

“It’s such a fun group to hang out, have fun, play instruments, and make some friends,” Rasmussen said. “So I’d definitely encourage people to join.”

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About the staffer
Jordyn Grist, staff writer

Jordyn Grist is a first-year writer for The Voice. In her free time, she enjoys a variety of athletics, including Lacrosse, and discussing her favorite books, TV shows and movies. She also writes poetry and stories, one of which she is currently editing to be published. She used to play the trombone and piano, and she is now a creative cook and enjoys meditating and giving Tarot Card readings.

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Violin propels Caden Rasmussen into his future