HM People Features: Alyssa Resh
We are continuing our features on the people of Heartland Marimba. The new artists of the Heartland Marimba Ensemble are up next, and this one features ALYSSA RESH!
Alyssa applied this spring to join the HMEnsemble. We were so thrill by her performance of Vinao's Book of Grooves we had to offer her an Apprentice Artist position. Alyssa is currently a graduate student in percussion performance at Temple University. We asked Alyssa some questions to get to know her better, read below to find out more.
Be sure to also visit her website at www.alyssaresh.com.
HM: What has been the key factor in your career as a musician?
AR: For me, the most important thing is to play music that really says something. Whether it makes my audience happy or sad, I want to make sure they have their own, personal experience that moves them in one way or another (although I definitely love playing music that makes people dance!). I'm also really lucky to have had incredible support from my teachers (both past and present), family, and friends that allows me to pursue this career.
HM: What was your favorite TV show/movie/video game growing up and how did it influence you musically or otherwise?
AR: Growing up, my all-time favorite video game was definitely the Sims. In all honestly, it probably influenced me negatively musically because I spent a lot of time playing the Sims when I was supposed to be practicing! However, it definitely helped me grow creatively and learn how to problem solve and work towards a future goal (like being a billionaire with an indoor pool, bowling alley, 12 cats, and 5 sports cars. Let's just say my expectations out of life have changed quite a bit).
HM: Who is your favorite artist/composer and why?
AR: I would have to say my favorite composer is Tchaikovsky. His string writing gets me every time - absolutely beautiful!
HM: Where has been your favorite place to perform?
AR: My favorite place to perform is actually the boardwalk at Seaside Heights, New Jersey. I used to play pop songs with a xylophone trio there every summer - not exactly the hardest music, but definitely the most fun! I actually arranged the music for the group and came up with some of our different "routines," which I really enjoyed. It never failed to put a smile on peoples' faces!
HM: Outside of music what hobbies do you have?
AR: Outside of music I like to read and do photography!
Bio: Alyssa Resh is a versatile percussionist working in the orchestral, chamber, solo, and new music genres. She earned her undergraduate degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and is currently completing her master’s degree at Temple University. Most recently, she gave the Pennsylvania premiere of Paul Lansky’s work for vibraphone and metals, “Metal Light,” at the 2018 Pennsylvania Day of Percussion. In 2017, she was a featured performer at the Festival Internacional de Ensambles de Percusión in Costa Rica, and a soloist at the McCormick Marimba Festival in Tampa, Florida. She also attended the PAS International Convention as a participant in the Mock Audition and the recipient of the 2017 Avedis Zildjian Scholarship. Alyssa has performed with professional groups including the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra 2001. She was also a member of the 2015 PASIC All-Star International Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Michael Burritt. Currently, she is exploring a passion for contemporary music and solo repertoire, commissioning and performing new works.
The People of HM Feature interviews are compiled and prepared by Matthew Coley and our 2018 intern, Matt Silverberg.