Music at Chewonki is awesome. There are so many opportunities to express yourself at Chewonki! I have picked up the banjo and guitar and piano and even singing since my arrival. My all time favorite is the banjo though. Coming from a town like Ossining you’ll be damned to hear a banjo over all the hip hop and pop influence. But Benji and Emily are so nasty at it! I get excited to hear new artists and crazy medleys. I tried to jump into banjo playing with confidence but I instantly had to ask Benji for some help. But now I can play songs and bond with all the other great musicians at Chewonki.
Decomposer’s (our a cappella group) is awesome as well. Being a guy in it, I have great chances to have my moments. I went in with slim to no singing experience at all. All I knew was that I had to try to sing just like everyone else, and after a week my singing was up to par with everyone else. On top of that, the music that we discover from each other is a very remarkable aspect of my time here. I came here solely influenced by hip-hop, and now I am finding influence from all random directions. I have reached out to a huge amount of new music and it totally changed the way I think. I guess as long as you keep your doors open at Chewonki you can find yourself in places you’d never imagine.
-Dillon Goetz, Ossining, NY