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20 UNDER 20: Mackenzie Peters
Living in Boston on the other side of the continent, Mackenzie (Kenzie) Peters is far from her home of Tsawwassen. But there’s no place this 19-year-old would rather be than the Berklee College of Music, a prestigious school that has turned out some of the most legendary musicians the world has ever known.
And even though she’s in a different part of the world, she explains that music follows her everywhere.
“Currently, I’m sitting at a window looking out onto the rush of Boston traffic,” says Kenzie. “I can hear the music of the cars, the bustle of their wheels, the rev of their engines. Music is all around us and it has the capabilities to be so many things.”
A graduate of South Delta Secondary in 2012, Kenzie was accepted to Berklee after auditioning in Vancouver with the Billy Joel classic New York State of Mind. The judges enjoyed it so much they told her they liked her version better than Joel’s.
Growing up and living in South Delta gave Kenzie “countless opportunities” to explore her musical talents.
“Having a fostering community, such as South Delta, creates an environment for young people to flourish,” she says. “I have heard of other communities and individuality is stifled. I could not be the musician I am today without South Delta.”
Those explorations in music include writing her own original song during the “Voice your Vision” challenge that won her a Delta School District arts scholarship, playing the role of Maria in SDSS’s production of The Sound of Music, and performing the lead in the musical “Zana, don’t” at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Kenzie will be at Berklee for four years but has not yet declared a major. She’s still settling in and deciding where to take her music. Or perhaps where it will take her.
“[Music] can be a comforter in times of mourning, an accuser in times of tension, and an enabler in times of inactivity,” she says thoughtfully. “My goal for after I graduate is to have a job in music, whatever facet that might be.”