Christina Greenwood’s hands told a story with every song she played. As the left hand shifted into rigid postures — creating chords — her right hand skipped along the upper keys producing the melody. After a pause, her hands swapped roles. Another pause, and her hands danced close together.
Greenwood swayed with the themes of the music. Her sparkling deep-blue dress and, her fingers were the only things that seemed to move in the room. Sixty audience members listened with rapt attention. To those who knew her story, this was more than a senior recital.
A Series of Miracles
Greenwood presented her senior recital in partial fulfillment of the bachelor of music in piano performance. Greenwood shared a series of miracles that led up to this recital.
Last summer, after Greenwood returned home from a tour with the BYU-I Sinfonietta, she began her summer practice in preparation for graduate auditions. Unfortunately, the bench sat too low on the rented piano she used, which caused her left arm to become strained.
Greenwood’s practice time shifted from six hours a day to less than one hour a day as she began her healing process. Any day she had a scheduled lesson or audition with potential graduate schools, she was able to play without any sign of injury; however, the following day the problems would return.
“It was really miraculous. … Every time I had a performance and needed my arm to work, my arm was fine,” Greenwood said. “It taught me to have more faith.”
About a week before she had to record her pieces for graduate auditions, her arm stopped bothering her. She was able to return to practicing six to eight hours a day.
“Music is my life”
“Music has always been a huge part of my life. … Other than the gospel, it is my life,” said Greenwood.
After almost 17 years of playing piano, Greenwood believes that music is a gift that everyone can understand and enjoy.
“It goes through language barriers. … It even goes through the barriers that we set up inside of us. … Music is a way to cut through those walls,” Greenwood said.