Posted by Erica Cornette /
High School: duPont Manual High School
College Choice: Indiana University
KiMani Kwayera Bridges is a senior at duPont Manual High School/Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) where she has earned a 3.5 GPA. She has taken seven AP courses, including Human Geography, World History, Computer Science Principals, U.S. History, Psychology, Language and Composition, and Music Theory. Several of the courses she took earned dual credits at the University of Louisville.
KiMani began taking flute lessons as an 11-year old and began composing music as an 11th grader. She is a member of her YPAS’s Symphonic Band, Chamber Ensemble, and Composition Class. Her talents have helped her achieve numerous awards which includes receiving distinguished and proficient ratings at the Kentucky Music Educators Association for Flute Solo and Ensemble competitions. She also has had the honors of participating in YPAS band performances at Disney World and the Field Museum.
Some of KiMani’s compositions have been performed at the University of Louisville and the YPAS New Works Festival. She was also recently part of the Loretto Project’s Pathways Initiative program. Most notably, KiMani is one of five teen composers selected to participate in the 2019-2020 Luna Composition Lab Fellows at the Kaufman Music Center in New York.
KiMani has been a Whitney M. Young Scholar for seven years. The program’s experiences have greatly prepared her for college by providing new educational experiences. KiMani is a member of the National Beta Club, Tri-M Music Honors Society, National Society of High School Scholars. During her free time she volunteers for many community organizations, including International Heart Foundation and Green Hill Therapy, Inc.
KiMani will attend Indiana University in the fall to pursue a music composition degree through the prestigious Jacobs School of Music. Her future goal is to continue writing and performing music around the world and sharing ideas with others.