by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Symphony of Adventure

student_pugmire2Annie Pugmire began playing the piano at age six, but switched to violin by eight, and has been heavily involved ever since. “When I was younger I hated practicing,” she shared. “But as the years went by I’ve come to love music with all of my heart. It allows me to express emotions and feelings and convey beauty and peace in a way like no other.” Annie has played in the most advanced ensemble of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra for the past three years, in the first violin section. Much of the advanced repertoire the SDCYO plays is challenging and fun college-level orchestral music, which she loves collaborating with the other musicians who share in her passion and love for music.

For the past three years, Annie’s played in the pit orchestra in several different ballet productions of The Nutcracker, a challenging score she loves because it’s “extremely worthwhile and so complex.” She also played the pit at her school’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, and is a regular at church services and retirement homes. “I love bringing the peace and solace of music to these people who need it in their lives,” Annie affirmed. “Nothing compares to live music.”

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Name: Annie Pugmire
Community: Carlsbad
Hobbies: Painting and drawing, writing playing, and listening to music, singing, improving my Spanish
Favorite Local Places: Dove Library, Ponto Beach, La Costa Towne Centre


Despite her busy music schedule, Annie pursues many other interests. She was accepted to the BEWISE (Better Education for Women in Science) program several years ago, which offers various workshops throughout San Diego – from marine biology and neuroscience to technology and engineering – which Annie’s been able to attend. Favorites thus far have been a brain workshop, one at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and a sleepover at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “I love being able to experience the real world applications of biology in my own community,” Annie affirmed.

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She also started an Inspirations Summer Crafts Camp for younger neighborhood girls back when she was 11, and honed and improved it for six years. At her old school she was VP of the Young Leaders in Health Care Club, communications officer of the Science Olympiad, and has been working on a project called Music Connections to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, bringing music therapy to places such as retirement homes, soup kitchens, and the like.

 “I love bringing the peace and solace of music to these people who need it in their lives,” Annie affirmed. “Nothing compares to live music.”

With future goals including a neuroscience major and minors in music performance and Spanish, Carlsbad Student Star Annie Pugmire is combining her worlds – music and science – to create a symphony of adventure!

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