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This year’s recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from Folsom Patrons of the Arts, 18-year-old Darci Egan, has seen first-hand the positive role music can play in life. Darci started singing at the age of five, and had voice lessons throughout her childhood. At Folsom High School, she was a member of both chamber and concert choirs, and worked at Nicholson Music Company in her spare time – literally surrounding herself with music whenever she could. Her passion for music did not go unnoticed by her choir director, who encouraged her to send her vocal CD to the scholarship foundation. Now a music major at California State University, Northridge, Darci admits that the road to success has not always been an easy one. A self-proclaimed “band geek,” she often struggled to fit in during high school, and considered home schooling. “The only thing that kept me there was the choir program,” she says. “Some of my best friends came out of choir. [We were] like a little family.”
After college Egan plans to shift from performing in front of an audience to working behind the scene in the music industry. She is also considering a future as a high school music teacher, and emphasizes the crucial role of music programs in schools. “Music is extremely important. It provides a social life for kids...a place for the kids [who] don’t belong anywhere [else].”
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