South Eugene’s quirky culture promotes a large amount of applied and artistic talent, awaiting discovery. This story features just a few of South’s most talented.
Carter Scott, Percussionist
Senior Carter Scott is the lead percussionist of the South Eugene Wind Ensemble and principal percussionist of the Eugene Youth Symphony.
Scott’s father, a professional percussionist, member of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and former teacher in the Oregon Marching Band, has always supported his music.
“He’s been my private teacher over the last seven or eight years and where I learn just about everything,” Scott said.
Scott is extremely invested in percussion. He first discovered his love for Latin percussion while playing in the pit orchestra for the musical In The Heights his freshman year.
“It was probably the most challenging experience I’ve had playing music. We had three percussionists and between the three of us we had about 75 different instruments to play, ranging from massive kettledrums to literally taking a restaurant sugar packet and shaking it next to a microphone,” Scott said.
In addition to his dedication to percussion, Scott recently discovered a new found love for piano and lyrical music.
“My favorite instrument to hear is the piano by far because of the range of emotion that can be expressed both melodically and percussively,” Scott said. “I always wish I had spent more time in the lyrical aspect of music because I believe music can be the most expressive art form when combining words and instrumental feel.”
Scott is well-known for his musical talent, sharp sense of humor, and intellect. He is among many young musicians at South who have both the potential and talent to pursue a career in music. Scott hopes that music will continue to serve as a creative outlet for him after high school.
Carlos Rasmussen, Dubstep Dancer
While junior Carlos Rasmussen has become fairly well known for his free-style dancing at South’s assemblies, the lesser known fact about Rasmussen is that he picked up animation dancing only two years ago.
“I had a bunch of stuff going on in my life. Dancing was an escape. It started out as therapeutic story telling, and then I started wanting to share my talent with other people,” Rasmussen said.
People say that anything can be art, but I define art by the amount of physical and psychological energy put into a piece.
Rasmussen said that he will dance for as long that his body allows. Now 17, Rasmussen plans to audition for America’s Got Talent in Las Vegas early next year. Rasmussen accredits the Dragon House dance crew for influencing his style and pursuit of animation dancing.
“This audition means the world to me,” Rasmussen said. “What you do gets your name out there, but it’s not just about me getting my name out into the world or sharing my talent, It’s an experience that I can cherish for the rest of my life.”
Rasmussen will continue to be an inspiration for many fellow dancers and peers as he pursues his dreams.
Journey Bear, Ceramic Artist
Over her past three years with the program, senior Journey Bear established herself as a prominent talent in South’s ceramics department, highly celebrated by the art department’s own Peter Saraceno. Bear identifies herself as an artist through and through who started creating art at a very young age.
“When I was younger, my family was having a really hard time and I started journaling. I was young though, and when I didn’t know how to spell out a word, I would draw it out,” Bear said.
Over the years, Bear’s artistic range extended beyond journaling, as she worked with water colors, collaging, and eventually found her love for ceramics. With large class sizes and limited time on the wheel, Bear finds herself working mostly within the rustic style of hand-building clay. Bear commonly adorns her fired pieces with detailed oxide paintings. This mixed media style is both unique and eye-catching.
“People say that anything can be art, but I define art by the amount of physical and psychological energy put into a piece. If it took you 30 years to paint a canvas black, but every single stroke you were thinking about a specific thing, that is art,” Bear said.
Ceramics is just that, a thoughtful and time-intensive media. Bear attributes her artistic inspiration to her family.
“My little brother has Down syndrome, and when I helped out in the life-skills program, I noticed that there was a lack of art or physical creation in that class,” Bear said. “I want to major in art and minor in teaching and maybe go into physical therapy with special-ed kids. Even if they can’t talk, I want to help them get their emotions out through art.”
Bear has mentored many peers within the ceramics department. With a true passion for art and people, Bear will undoubtedly help others artistically express themselves as she pursues art education.