Art focus: music
Art activities: Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, A Cappella Choir, Marching Band
Favorite subjects: English, history, music
Most memorable fine arts achievement: perfect score at solo and ensemble contest
Artist admired: Katy Hochmayr
Favorite movie: not sure
Favorite TV program: "Friends"
Future plans: not sure
Parents: Tom and Joyce Frid, Brainerd
BYLINE1:By TERRY MIKELSON
Music and academics are Katie Frid's double-edged strategy in preparing for her adult life.
She spends three periods a day in music and the rest in advanced placement courses, accumulating a 3.95 grade-point average along the way.
Her role as the Symphonic Band's first-chair leader of the flute section has earned a nomination as Fine Arts Student of the Week. Frid also serves as band president.
But the fine arts award also could have been given for her achievements as the leader of the A Cappella Choir's soprano section. A two-year member of the group, she earned a superior rating at last year's solo and ensemble contest.
A third hour of each day is dedicated to an AP course in music theory, and much of her spare time is devoted to sectional practices or Windfall, Jazz Band or Marching Band rehearsals.
"Music is something that has appealed to me since I was very young," said Frid, who took violin and piano lessons in her early years before turning to the flute in sixth grade.
"Both of my parents were music majors in college and my mother was a piano teacher when I was young," she said. "It is something that makes me feel good about myself, gives me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. And that means it's something I plan to continue in the future."
Frid said she'd been leaning toward a career in art history but her heavy school schedule has prohibited her from enrolling in the visual arts. In addition to her music courses, she is enrolled this semester in AP art history, AP statistics and AP language and composition.
In previous school years, Frid has completed AP courses in U.S. history, literature and composition, and psychology.
To top it off, she holds a part-time job with Photo Express in Brainerd and volunteers her time at The Crossing Arts Alliance downtown.
Still undecided about her long-range plans, Frid plans to attend St. Olaf or Gustavus Adolphus College next year.
Amanda Fletcher, senior, Brainonian: She "has showed wonderful leadership in her copy editor role, tough when she needs to be and very positive as well," the faculty adviser said.
Jason Gage, junior, art: He "has shown overwhelming improvement in media arts, working very hard to turn things around and in some areas has excelled," his teacher said.
Stewart Sawdy, senior, A Cappella Choir: He is a three-year member of the choir, including tenor section leader. He also is a member of the Minnesota All-State Choir.
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