Emily Lazernik

Newsletter: February 1 – February 13, 2018

Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I am a freelance bassoonist and teacher in the LA area. I am especially interested in exploring new ways to use the bassoon in different musical genres such as electronic and rock music, and discovering ways to reach more people through interdisciplinary arts performances.

How did you first become interested in music?
My grandma was in a church choir while I was growing up. That was my first introduction to performing music. I always wanted to be up there singing with her but I couldn’t because it was just for adults. In fifth grade I had the opportunity to join band, and I began playing saxophone.

How do you think art can enrich our community, and what are some ways people can become engaged with art in Burbank?
Art of any kind can bring a community together by reaching across a broad spectrum of people. I have met so many different types of people through art that I would not have met otherwise! You can participate in the arts in your community by taking a class, volunteering at one of the many arts organizations, going to a museum, or attending a concert.

If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
Art is for anyone and everyone! Regardless of experience, age, gender, race, socioeconomic background, or anything else. Don’t be afraid to get involved.