Name: Hannah Thompson
Class of 2018
From a small town in Wisconsin, freshman Hannah Thompson has joined the ranks of violas in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. A member of the Class of 2018, Hannah has not yet declared a major, but plans on pursuing something within the engineering department. With musical gifts, bouncing golden locks and a sharp mind, Hannah has embraced Stanford and all it has to offer.
What’s your musical background?
I started out on piano, and then moved to the viola, and now I also play the guitar. With viola, I play in orchestra, pit orchestra, quartets, and everything fun because it’s amazing! With guitar, I’m involved at Jewish services, so that’s a big part of my life. Piano, I just play for fun.
Everyone has a hidden talent, or “fun fact” about them. What’s yours?
I enjoy cycling, as a sport. I’ve ridden by bike, I’d say… 2000 miles in the past two years. It’s really fun! We do big rides where we carry all our stuff… so, that’s what I do.
You’ve only been on campus a short time, but I’m sure lots of things have happened. What has been your favorite moment on the Farm so far?
That’s a good question… it’s not a moment, but hearing all the music from Burbank, because it’s got the ITALIC learning community with all the arts students. I’m not in [ITALIC], but it’s so much fun to be in such an artsy environment, where everyone will just have jam sessions in the halls.
One final question; do you have any favorite/funny moments from SSO?
I think, [during rehearsal in Fall quarter 2014] when everyone turned around, still trying to play and look at their Mahler music, just to see the guy with the hammer [laughs]… that’s my favorite moment.