Andy Licht served in ArtistCorps during the 2016-2017 academic year. He continues to use his skills as an artist to bring music to children across the state.
What made you decide to serve in ArtistCorps?
When I moved down to Winston-Salem I thought the city had a lot of potential and joining ArtistCorps was a great way for me to connect music to the community and for me to feel like I was part of the overall community where I live.
What moment from your service stands out?
I got to help a few students who would come in during the morning when I was serving at Diggs-Latham. They were practicing every day and I was working with them. Seeing how much they improved was really awesome. I remember we played a recital at a place at Wake Forest, and seeing the students who had come and practiced every day perform was one of the best moments I witnessed.
How did service shape your perception of service or the communities you were serving?
I would say that through art, people can find goals and work together to create something. Sometimes we get bogged down as a community focusing on other things. Arts engagement helps add a little bit of something extra to the community.
What was your biggest takeaway from serving in ArtistCorps?
My biggest takeaway is similar in theme to what I said before about being part of a community. I feel I have a bit more purpose in playing a musical instrument because I know I’m connecting with people and helping others grow through music. Similar to before, being part of a community and feeling like music can serve a purpose to help others in a way that other things can’t.
Tell us a little about life since leaving ArtistCorps.
I taught music in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County schools in middle and high school. Since then, my wife and I have formed a duo, Duo Licht, and perform throughout the region. I continue to work with the Winston-Salem Symphony Play Music program that teaches young elementary students. This program takes place across a variety of elementary schools around the area, and it’s a great way to tie in different schools. I feel like through that program students are able to meet people they may not have ever met before from different schools and make new friends while learning an instrument.
I continue to perform with the Fayetteville Symphony and work with the Play program. And my wife and I are both teaching privately and maintain an active performance schedule at a variety of events and venues.
December 12, 2019