Candace Gunn, the daughter of Brian and Alisa Gunn, is the Instrumental Music Sterling Scholar for Morgan High School. She started playing the piano at about the age of 6 and began playing the oboe in band in seventh grade. As a freshman, she learned how to play the flute so that she could play in the pep band. In parades, she plays the tenor drums in the Morgan High School Drum Line.
Candace also loves running. She runs varsity cross country and the 3200 meter, 1600 meter and 800 meter in track. Another long-distance race she has competed in was the Morgan Valley Half Marathon, which she will run again this summer.
One of Candace’s accomplishments as a Sterling Scholar includes being selected to play the oboe in the All-State Orchestra, which performed in Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. She has received superior ratings in piano solo and Duet Federation for nine years. For Solo and Ensemble on the oboe, she has qualified for State for two years by earning superior ratings at the region competitions. This year she will complete level 10 of a rigorous program called Achievement in Music. This past winter, she attended the Utah State University and Weber State University Honor Bands and played numerous solos in the concert as first chair oboist.
In addition to her great passion and love for music, Candace also enjoys biking, cooking fancy foods and taking pictures. An activity unique to oboists that she likes to do is to make and adjust reeds for her oboe. Reed making is a necessary skill for oboists and it will assist her in the future as she prepares to major in oboe performance at Brigham Young University. She also plans to serve an LDS mission.