Performance Friday: Mackensi Deninno

Mackensi Deninno, Grade 12:

Today I am singing “Okay” by Backhouse Mike and Elizabeth Gilles. This song is reassurance that even though we do not know what the future will hold, we have to remind each other that everything will be okay.

Q: How did you get started in music? Who are your greatest musical influences?

A: I have been in the music programs at Lynbrook since elementary school, but I remember always singing as a child. My greatest musical influence is Mr. Wyner. He is my influence because of how he encourages everyone around him to listen and get involved with music. Even if you go to his class and you don’t want to sing or participate, his passion radiates and impacts every student.

Q: Do you aspire to do anything with music in your future?

A: I do not plan on singing in a choir in college, but I do want to continue to sing on my own time and challenge myself by learning new music.

Q: What is your favorite part about Performance Friday and/or performing in general?

A: My favorite part of Performance Friday is the comments that your peers say after your performance. Even others who I have never met felt moved enough by my music to tell me that they enjoyed my singing, and that is extremely rewarding.

Q: Do you get nervous to perform in front of people, specifically your peers? How do you quell your nerves?

A: This week was my first performance, and I was extremely nervous. Even though I was scared, I knew how good it would feel to sing, so I took deep breaths and sang my heart out.

Q: What do you love most about music? Has music helped you in any way through the pandemic?

A: The one thing I love most about music is the emotion that it holds. It can range from listening to sad music alone in quarantine to belting your favorite pop song in the mirror or in the shower. Songs like “Canyon Moon” by Harry Styles helped me keep a positive attitude throughout the pandemic.