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Columbus North High School bassoonist Katherine McAvoy has organized a concert for band students, vocalists and others Saturday at North.
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Columbus North High School bassoonist Katherine McAvoy has organized a concert for band students, vocalists and others Saturday at North. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Katherine McAvoy, an 18-year-old Columbus North High School bassoonist, has loved music enough that she wants others to also enjoy it.

But she knows that some beginning music students in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. can’t afford instrument costs. So McAvoy has organized a donation-only fundraising concert Saturday to help them as part of her senior project.

The concert, which she hopes will feature up to 21 acts, will highlight North vocalists and instrumentalists, including solo performers, ensembles and likely her bassoon quintet. The gathering will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school auditorium.

“Band and music have been such a big part of my life,” McAvoy said. “It pains me to think of other kids not being able to do it just because of something as simple as monetary issues.”

She likes another angle of the event, too.

“I know a lot of my friends get nervous before their (upcoming district) contests,” she said. “This way, they can have a chance to get over a few of the nerves while preparing for that.”

How did you get into music?

I started in sixth grade at (Columbus) Southside Elementary School. Both of my parents — Paul and Cheryl McAvoy — played in band, and I always enjoyed music.

I actually started on clarinet after trying out various instruments. Then I moved to bass clarinet in seventh grade, and from there I went on to bassoon in eighth. I also played marimba in the Sound of North Marching Band.

What influenced your decision?

I knew I didn’t have a good voice (for vocals). I can match a pitch, but that’s about it.

What was the first tune you mastered on bassoon?

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from “Fantasia” by Vaughan Williams, performed as an eighth-grade solo.

What do you like most about the instrument?

As a double-reed instrument, it has a very unique sound with a few different overtones going on. It gives it a much richer sound than some of the single-reed, one-pitch instruments.

What’s after high school?

I’m considering colleges (with an undecided major): Yale University, Harvard University, University of Chicago and Indiana University. Ideally, I’d want to continue in some way in music, but I realize at the same time that that may not work out.

First of all, I know I’m not good enough to be in it professionally. And secondly, it’s such a stressful field that I know if I did that, I would start to hate it.

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