Playing Piano for the Mayor is Just the Beginning for This Trenton Student (VIDEO)

Trenton High School junior Katie Kurilko was asked to play piano during Mayor Kyle Stack's State of the City Address.

A recent invitation to play piano during Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack's State of the City Address has 16-year-old Katie Kurilko thinking about her future in music.

Katie, a junior at Trenton High School, began playing the piano at six years old and hopes to turn her passion into a career.

Daughter of Mike Kurilko, the high school band director, Katie said music is in her blood. Her two piano-playing brothers inspired her to learn to play.

"It, sort of, came naturally to everybody," Kurilko said.

After landing a job playing the organ for a church in Taylor, Katie has her sights set on her future. She plans to major in music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor or Michigan State University--when she finishes high school.

"I know that I wanna go to college for music and I know that I want it to be something that I do as my job, but I don't want to be a teacher," Katie said. "Being a teacher is so much harder than a lot of people think."

Whether her passion for music and performing takes her to New York or anywhere else, Katie said she couldn't think of a better profession.

"I've always been performing with dance, the piano, singing and with plays and musicals, and that's what I see myself doing," Katie said. "Just performing for people."

Katie also plays alto saxophone in the high school marching band and plans to take up guitar in the spring.

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Kyle Stack February 08, 2013 at 12:23 PM
I want to personally thank her that she did a beautiful job and everyone enjoyed her presentation. We have some wonderful talented people! Yes, right here in Trenton!
Jennifer Blackledge Moberly February 08, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Such a talented, funny and lovely girl from an incredibly creative and talented family! Go, Katie!
Robert Barbantini February 08, 2013 at 08:07 PM


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