Young, Gifted and Black: Augusta's Adopted Rising Star Makes Conducting Debut at Carnegie Hall

April 24, 2015 6:32 PM

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Young, Gifted and Black: Augusta's Adopted Rising Star Makes Conducting Debut at Carnegie Hall

At 6:00 a.m., I would wake up and jump out of the bed to quickly get ready for middle school and high school at the Davidson Fine Arts School in Augusta, Georgia, and just before getting on the bus, which left at 6:50 a.m., I would do my best to squeeze in at least ten or 15 minutes of practice time on the piano.

Then, after coming home from school and several after school activities, I would complete my homework assignments and eat a home-cooked meal at the dinner table with my mother and father. Then, my nightly, weekday practicing routine would start around 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The well-known adage ring...

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