Artist of the Week: Blake Ebert
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On Oct. 20, 1993, in Whidbey Island, Wash., a prodigy was born…or let’s just say another accomplished member of Westmont College’s orchestra.
Third-year Blake Ebert is a biology and chemistry double major at Westmont. The aspiring cardiovascular surgeon has touched the hearts and ears of many with his superb cello playing.
Ebert’s parents were the first to discover his musical talent. At age three, on a tiny electronic play piano, Ebert played his first song, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” by ear. He continues to play much of his music by ear.
Ebert picked up the cello his senior year of high school. Previously a cross-country runner and soccer player, Ebert was kept too busy with school, sports, piano and friends to try out new instruments. With an invitation from his school, however, Ebert began to teach himself the cello. His progress was exponential and his parents decided to get him a private teacher. After only one year of playing, Ebert was asked by personal invitation from Dr. Shasberger to come to Westmont and play in the orchestra.
Ebert visited Westmont unsure about which school to choose. He initially did not want to come to Westmont because his mother was an alumna, and he wanted to forge his own path. But after a visit to Westmont, he fell in love with the campus, professors and with the orchestra.
Entering as a freshman, he was immediately surrounded by a community within the orchestra. They practice hours every day, creating a team atmosphere. His favorite memory is playing a piece called “Bachianas Brasileiras” by Villa-Lobos, a Brazilian cello octet that he and seven other cellists played at the fall concert last semester.
Ebert has left an even greater mark on Westmont than his music, academic prowess or the incredible memory of his rock star make-up for the Page Cruise. As co-leader for the Med-dent team on Potter’s Clay, Ebert is highly involved in giving back to the community and changing lives. Ebert affects people with his positive and lively personality.
Upon your next encounter with Ebert, do feel free to test him on his perfect pitch by whistling or singing a note—his whistle is apparently a C major.