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Penn state is a very hard school to get into on average, but for band it is even harder.
That didn’t stop Raela Zuiker, who learned a couple weeks ago she had been accepted into PSU’s music program at University Park.
“It actually means a lot to be accepted into the music program,” she said. “The music program there is one of the more competitive colleges around.”
Raela plays the clarinet and Penn state only accepts 3-5 clarinet players a year. According to band director Mr. Patrick Sachse, this is equivalent to being signed as a Division II athlete.
To get in Raela had to preform a musical piece on her instrument at an audition.
She will be attending Penn State to be a band teacher, but will fist start working in ensemble and work her way up the line.
“I Have to take both symphonic wind band and clarinet choir as a class,” Raela said. “I also plan to play alto saxophone in one of Penns State’s jazz bands.”
Raela qualified for both District and Regional band this year.