Minnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Aria Stiles

by Christine Sweet, Minnesota Public Radio
January 6, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Where Are They Now? spotlights Minnesota Varsity Featured and Showcase Artists from 2011 and 2012! It's been fun catching up with them to ask what they're doing now and what they remember and value most about their Minnesota Varsity experience. We're pleased to share their inspiring stories with you. And we're proud of every student across the state who's entered Minnesota Varsity and shared their music-making with us and with their friends, families, and communities. Will you be one of 2013's Featured Artists? Start now.

Today, a visit with Aria Stiles:
2012 Showcase Artist
Age: 18
Hometown: Apple Valley, Minn.
Student at: Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.

"Since Spring 2012, I have completely changed states, weather, and styles of music. I played Classical violin all my life. Now I am playing more jazz, fiddling, Irish, and improv styles as a Belmont University student majoring in Commercial Violin. I hope eventually to be in a touring country band. Goals would be Kip Moore, Tim McGraw, or Zac Brown Band.

I loved participating in Minnesota Varsity. Going into the studio and recording was a great experience. Then winning the encore vote at the Fitzgerald Theater and playing fiddle tunes with my brother was so much fun. The whole experience provided a well rounded opportunity that I hope to see continued for future high schoolers."

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