DeNaples began playing the trombone before she attended Hopkins. She has participated in instrumental ensembles throughout her six years on The Hill. “I’ve been playing jazz for Hopkins since the
seventh grade. It’s been something I’ve been doing my whole life.” Despite her devotion to jazz at Hopkins, DeNaples does not limit herself to just one discipline. She believes that it is important to give attention to all aspects of art. “A lot of people think of visual art when they think of art, and I personally can’t draw,” said DeNaples.
Art at Hopkins ranges from the formal classes such as the Jazz Rock Ensemble and Orchestra to student run groups like improv comedy and a capella. DeNaples believes that the less formal groups on campus are just as meaningful for Hopkins students. Being involved with Daystar and clubs that are more artistic is “not something where you are in a class or something more serious like a band or a capella. Even more informal clubs have tight knit communities.”
DeNaples joined Triple Trio at the beginning of her freshman year. Not only was it a chance to explore her singing passion, but also an opportunity to connect with other students. DeNaples recalled, “There were older girls who gave me a lot of advice, and that helped me a lot.”
Throughout her four years with Triple Trio, DeNaples has mastered the art of quashing stage fright and making the most of her performances. DeNaples shared her secrets for being confdent on stage: “My way of being the most at ease is trying to have fun with it. Being really stiff and serious never helps me. I try to pinpoint one of my friends in the audience and act like I’m serenading them. I goof around with it. Not to the point where I’m being un-professional, but I like to have fun and be more expressive.” DeNaples also focuses on self-expression in her role as editor of Daystar. The group hosts events like coffee houses and poetry readings where students can share their work with the community. DeNaples expressed her hopes for Daystar to appeal to even more artists on campus: “We mostly do prose, poetry, and visual art, but we would love to include more so we encourage people to submit screenplays and comedy pieces.”
DeNaples believes that students should take a chance and pursue their artistic side: “If you do play an instrument or like to draw, sign up for a class! Everyone loves their art classes.”
Next year, when DeNaples moves on from the Hill, she hopes to join an a capella group as well as contribute to a literary magazine.