João is a freshman from Florianopolis, Brazil majoring in music. A self-taught pianist who fell in love with the piano as a young child after getting a keyboard gift. In his musical journey as an artist, he has faced self-doubt and low self-esteem in his work but has slowly found a way to overcome these challenges. During the fall semester of 2022, João performed with the jazz assemble and the school choir, “I got a sense of community from these recitals,“ says João. In the future, João looks to create music with other people composing soundtracks.