Bryson Harding

Bryson Harding
Hometown: Kannapolis, NC
Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration

Give a little general information about yourself: How did you become interested in music? How old were you when you began making music? What made you decide to major in music?

My father played baritone in junior high and wanted me to play as well. Therefore, when I got to seventh grade and could start band I started playing the trumpet. It was not until my sophomore year of high school that I switched to tuba, but once I did there was no turning back. I immediately fell in love with the instrument and but never dreamed of making a profession out of it. That was until my senior year when I started applying to colleges and I tried to think of what actually made me happy. Ultimately, I realized that was making music. 

What kind of career do you hope to have?

My career goals are to join a major symphony while also being a professor at the collegiate level.

What is your favorite thing about UNC Charlotte, the College of Arts + Architecture, or the music department?

My favorite thing about the music department is how familial we all are with each other. We all get along really well both in and out of the classroom. Additionally, the majority of classes are small enough that our professors know us in a more personal manner, which is always nice.

Do you participate in any community cultural activities or work in the Charlotte arts community? If so, please describe.

I think community work is very important and I try to do as much as I can to help out. I volunteer to help with the Charlotte Symphony musical petting zoo, which gives young children a chance to learn about and play different instruments. I also sing at Providence Baptist Church. 

When you are not in class, studying, working or practicing/rehearsing, what do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with my friends in the program, whether it be getting dinner, going to concerts, or just hanging out.