In Achievements, School of Music

With shaky, sweaty hands BYU senior Catherine Boyack cleared her dry mouth. She lifted her flute and played. She had been working for months to polish her piece, but she knew it wasn’t her best performance. She left the stage of the convention hall defeated, believing she wouldn’t make it to the final round of the biggest competition of her career.

When the three finalists were announced, Boyack read comments from her judges, and one in particular caught her eye: she needed to play more confidently. It was obvious in her body language and facial expressions when she messed up.

Moments later that judge stopped Boyack in the hall. She leaned in and said, “Your flute playing is professional and could win. And you won’t if you’re in the mindset you were in yesterday. If you fix that, you are my pick.”

Read the full story at BYU News.

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