Mia Colucci, a senior at Brunswick High School, has been playing the cello since sixth grade. This Thursday, she will perform for what she expects will be her last time on the Brunswick High stage.
Her performance will also be the first time she has played in a show on the school’s stage.
Colucci has been hoping to bring a strings program to Brunswick High since she enrolled at the school two years ago, after moving to Glynn County with her family.
“Over the summer, we tried to get a class together for first block, but it didn’t really come together because there was only like four of us, and we’re all at kind of different levels,” Colucci said. “So it wouldn’t work that well.”
This semester, though, with the help of JoAnn Davis, chair of the musician development committee for the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra, Colucci worked with Brunswick High’s administration and chorus director to arrange for her to play with the school choir during a show Dec. 6.
“It’s kind of like the inaugural strings program, I guess you could call it,” Colucci said.
Colucci plays with GIYO, but she’s long wanted to perform with her fellow students at Brunswick High.
“As much as it was hard for me to come here and not have a strings program, GIYO has been a great outlet for that,” she said. “It’s almost better for me to pioneer the program here, even if it isn’t going to start right away.”
Colucci’s interest in being a musician was sparked at a very young age, when a group similar to GIYO performed at her school.
“They were playing, and I was like ‘I want to play the violin,’” she said. “And that just kind of got the whole thing started.”
Colucci has worked hard to become an accomplished cellist. She’s risen to leadership positions within GIYO, and she said being a musician has improved her performance as a student.
She also runs cross country for the school and participates in the National Honor Society.
“I find myself doing school work at break for rehearsal, or I’ll find myself thinking about my music while I’m on my run,” she said. “You kind of just have to multitask at all times.”
Getting more students involved in strings programs would benefit Brunswick High, she said.
“Being a musician has made me a lot more disciplined,” Colucci said. “You have to practice to get any better, to even be on par with where you were the day before. So I find my work ethic stems from that, and it helps me to do all the work in my classes and get good grades. Typically, musicians are better students because of that work ethic that they have to develop to be musicians.”
She hopes her performance Thursday will get school leaders thinking more about the possibility of bringing a strings program to Brunswick High.
“I hope it catches the administration’s attention, thinking ‘Why don’t we have this here?’ and gets the wheels turning,” she said.
Colucci said she’s honored to finally perform on the Brunswick High stage this week.
“Senior year, it’s the last time you can do these things as a high schooler, so the fact that it’s the first and last time is really making it that much more special,” she said.