“I had been writing and performing songs since I was 11 or 12 years old. That’s part of the reason I didn’t want to stay in high school. I wanted to do what I wanted to do, and even though the logistics and the details weren’t sorted out, I didn’t want to waste time—so I came to Simon’s Rock.

Last year I got an opportunity to record a CD of my material. I ended up inviting other students from Simon’s Rock to the studio sessions. They contributed to various tracks and completely transformed my work. We ended up forming a band and we had a show to celebrate the release.

I have to say that being part of a band was really hard, but I also learned a lot about being in a band. I learned about how to better interact with other band members, about the power struggles, about what it means to be a woman playing music, and about the nature of this work. It reinforced one of the best things the College has taught me—passion is worth something. That alone can drive the work.”

My Work:
Audio clip: "Crying and Cold"

Where are they now? Elana graduated in 2010. She lives in New York City, where she continues her write and perform original work. Hear some of her recent music.