World-renowned cellist Adrienne Woods visits Chapin Middle School

IRMO, SC - Chapin Middle School students were in for a treat Monday as cellist, singer and songwriter Adrienne Woods stopped in for a special visit to share a few songs and answer questions about her life. Woods has toured with Adele, Ariana Grande and John Legend just to name a few.

“A day like today is so fun because I enjoy working with kids,” Woods said. “They are so curious and sometimes the questions you get from them are so impressive because they make you think. These students are so fortunate that they are Southerners because we already have that friendliness about us and to make it in any industry, you have to go out and meet people.”

Woods grew up in Florence and attended the University of South Carolina where she studied cello. Upon graduating, Woods and her brother Chris, who plays violin, decided to move to Los Angeles and that is where her career took off. Since moving out west, Woods has performed with artists such as Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Kanye West, Usher and many more.

Throughout her question and answer session with students, Woods’ message was simple. “The most important thing is that you learn your instrument backwards and forwards,” Woods said. “Just like as if you were on a sports team, you have to practice every day, and then you have to find your own character and bring that to your instrument. For me, I didn’t want to be just a classical musician. I wanted to have fun and be out there with my music as well. The more I did that, the more people found me interesting and wanted me for gigs.”

Chapin Middle School orchestra teacher Amy Reynolds was ecstatic to have Woods share her journey and music with her students. “This is such an amazing opportunity to see where music has taken Adrienne. Our students have never seen anything like this,” Reynolds said. “To bring them in and see a performer like Adrienne is such a once in a lifetime moment that we are so thankful for!”

“In our world today, there seems to be a great divide,” Woods said. “I am so interested in bringing people back together and helping them remember what matters. We can all live together and support one another. Music is one of those things that transcends barriers. You may not know one thing about a person, but you listen to one song from them and you can feel their culture, you can feel what they are doing. I want these students to know that they can do anything they believe in.”

Reynolds echoed Woods’ thoughts on having a dream and believing in it. “I hope that our students will be encouraged by Adrienne and know that whatever their dream is, that they follow it no matter what it is,” Reynolds said. “I hope that this will encourage our students to continue playing and to seek out lessons to become better musicians because the sky is the limit for them!”

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