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Alexis Carrier ('19)Name: Alexis Carrier

Hometown: Manhattan, Montana

Major: Music Composition

Year: Junior

Scholarship: Lincoln Family, Rachel Sprunk Smith and Wells Fargo Scholarships

How did you get into music?

I started piano lessons when I was about 6 years old, and carried on with that until about 8th grade. I also started band when I was in 5th grade, playing the trumpet. I didn’t really know I was going to be a composer; it just sort of happened. When I was younger, I would play these little piano pieces for the talent show in school, and I didn’t think of it as anything other than normal. Ever since then, I’ve just been falling more and more in love with music.

Why did you come to UM?

What drew me here was a professor, Dr. Smart. He asked me to do an all-star concert with him. That was the first time I was on campus, and I got to meet some of the other professors here. That experience led me to the piano camp over the summer, and that’s what really made me fall in love with both the campus and the faculty members. The piano professors in particular are what brought me to UM.

What was it like to win the Lincoln Family, Rachel Sprunk Smith and Wells Fargo scholarships?

When I got those letters, I was so excited. The amount I got was really honorable, and I was really humbled by that honor. I’m so lucky, because I have barely had to think about finances, which means I have been able to focus all my time on my musical studies. Unless I took out a ridiculous amount of student loans, I couldn’t afford to be at school without scholarships.

Alexis Carrier has been one of UM’s standouts in the world of music composition. She is the winner of multiple scholarships, and her piece “The Final Battle Cry” won second place in the International Horn Society’s 2016 composition contest.