Rarely does a movie affect anyone as drastically as Phantom of the Opera affected Belinda Li PO ’16. Her passion for the film developed five years ago, prompting her to begin opera lessons. Since then, she hasn’t stopped singing.
Li participated in high school choir and often sings in her hometown community of Granite Bay, CA. Every month for the past five years, Li has sung at a nursing home, connecting with the elderly through song.
“[I] was doing something I love and at the same time [giving] back,” she said. “I feel like they’re all my grandparents.”
In Claremont, Li has continued to pursue music. She has joined the Pomona College Choir and Women’s Blue and White, a 5C a cappella group.
“I already feel so connected to them,” she said of the music groups.
To improve her “musicianship,” Li is auditing a music theory class and is interested in picking up piano again during her time at Pomona.