Evan Thompson / The Record — Katyrose Jordan, a senior at South Whidbey High School, is playing a recital alongside nine guest performers at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 26 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

High school senior to perform farewell concert at WICA

Katyrose Jordan couldn’t leave for college without first giving thanks to the musical community.

That in essence is why Jordan, a senior at South Whidbey High School, is playing a recital alongside nine guest performers at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 26 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. All the proceeds from the event go to the high school’s music program.

“It’s a thank you and a farewell to the community,” Jordan said, who has lived on Whidbey Island since she was 7 months old. “It’ll be pretty nostalgic and a symbolic goodbye.”

Jordan will cycle between several instruments throughout the night, from the flute to the violin and the guitar to the piano. She will also sing.

The genres she’ll play are just as diverse as her instrument selection: classical, world music, jazz, contemporary and acoustic. She will also play one original song called “Death and Mardi Gras.”

“My expression in music is very personal,” Jordan said. “…But, beyond personal purpose, it’s about connecting and sharing it with other people.”

Jordan has been a musician since she was 3. She draws influence from Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald and Cannonball Adderley to name a few. But, she said her biggest inspirations are her teachers both past and current, such as high school band teacher Chris Harshman and Neil Welch. Both are guest performers in Friday night’s show. Other guest performers include Keegan Harshman, Eric Keene, Brian Kenney, Robert Marsanyi, Fritha Strand, Jan Swalwell and Sheila Weidendorf.

Jordan is enrolling in the University of Washington’s music program this fall, though she was also accepted into music programs at New York University, Carnegie Mellon and California Institute of the Arts. Jordan hopes to one day make her passion a profession. She also has aspirations of becoming a college music professor.

She is currently an assistant music director at Langley Middle School and also gives private lessons.

Tickets can be purchased by donation at the door. A $15 donation is suggested.

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