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    Portrait of an artist

    Brandon McLaughlin, a senior majoring in music and media arts, sits with the instrument he knows best, one he first met at age 10, onstage at Crowder Hall. He is currently in the chorus for the School of Musics presentation of CosǪ Fan Tutte.
    Brandon McLaughlin, a senior majoring in music and media arts, sits with the instrument he knows best, one he first met at age 10, onstage at Crowder Hall. He is currently in the chorus for the School of Music’s presentation of ‘CosǪ Fan Tutte.’

    Who: Pianist and vocalist Brandon Scot McLaughlin

    Bio: McLaughlin is a senior studying music and media arts. McLaughlin was born in New Hampshire. His dad was an officer in the Air Force, so his family has lived in a total of 8 different states. He works at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church as accompanist and cantor and serves as one of the song chairs in his fraternity, Kappa Alpha.

    What: McLaughlin is in the chorus for the School of Music’s presentation of “”Così Fan Tutte.”” He’s also collaborating on a track with a friend and will probably be doing some recording later this semester.

    Wildcat: What inspires you?

    McLaughlin: The fact that there are so many skills and ideas out there that I haven’t yet learned inspires me.

    W: Which musicians inspire you?

    M: First and foremost, I’m in awe of the music of Catholic contemporary artists Tom Booth and Matt Maher. But recently, I’ve been getting into Rufus Wainwright, a little classic Elton John, Gavin DeGraw, as well as the latest album from John Mayer.

    W: What is your favorite piece to play?

    M: It all depends on the audience. If I’m with fellow musicians, I love to play Mozart’s “”Rondo alla Turca.”” If I’m at a party, girls usually request “”Take Me or Leave Me”” from “”Rent.”” But if I’m just practicing by myself, I like to play original compositions.

    W: What are three words that describe you?

    M: Genuine, outgoing, determined.

    W: When did you start playing the piano?

    M: Piano lessons began at age 10.

    W: Where do you want to be in 10 years?

    M: Ten years from now, I see myself with a family, working as music director of a parish in a city with white Christmases. Eventually, I hope to become involved with the Life Teen International Youth Organization, working behind the scenes on Lifeteen.com, or as an event coordinator.

    W: Early bird or night owl?

    M: Sometimes I like to pretend like I’m a night owl, but as soon as the clock strikes 2 a.m., I just crash. I enjoy waking up early enough to drink some coffee, catch a “”Home Improvement”” rerun and then go for a run.

    W: What makes you unique as a musician?

    M: I’m active in my fraternity, in my church and in the (school) of music and the (department) of media arts. I believe that my music is a reflection of this unique combination: my everyday life. Music is an expression of the soul, and my soul has been thoroughly enriched by the life that I lead and the people I’ve met along the way.

    W: What do you think about Tucson?

    M: Four years is enough.

    W: What’s your favorite color?

    M: Black and white.

    W: What is your life motto?

    M: Figure out where your passion lies. Then, find someone who will pay you for it.

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