Artist of the Week: Luke Mizuki
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Horizon: What was your first introduction to music?
Mizuki: My first experience would probably be my parents singing to us every night before we went to bed. But I started taking piano lessons when I was six. My parents started all three of us siblings at the same time taking piano.
Horizon: When did you discover that you wanted to focus your studies or career on music?
Mizuki: Well, I started becoming more advanced in piano, and started taking lessons with better teachers. I did once consider a career as a professional pianist. I specifically knew I wanted to do music as a career when I was in high school. I had a great choir teacher, and I respected him a lot. My choir director inspired me, and I wanted to do what he did. Ever since then, that hasn’t really changed much. I still definitely think that choir is what I want to do.
Horizon: How have your different experiences being in Westmont’s music groups helped you grow as a musician?
Mizuki: I’m glad I can play and sing all different kinds of music, and that I’m not pigeon holed. I’m not just doing classical, but I get to do pop music with the a cappella group, and worship music with the worship band. I get to do it all! It’s really great.
Horizon: Do you think you’ll continue to focus both on piano and choral elements after you graduate and start your career?
Mizuki: I’ll definitely keep both active, but right now, I’m just taking voice lessons. I would consider myself primarily a vocalist right now. But piano has always been a big part of my life. I don’t think that will ever stop being the case.
Horizon: What have been some of the most influential experiences you’ve had here at Westmont?
Mizuki: Taking voice lessons is one thing. I had never taken them before college, and had never really sung professionally, since my high school choir was a show choir. Being exposed to classical opened my mind and expanded my voice. Also, dancing with N’STEP is another. I see dance as a physical expression of music, and I also see it as an act of worship. It’s fun, cool, and also meaningful.