Three Minutes with Alexis McCarthy

Contributed PhotoAlexis McCarthy, a Hermiston native, is excited about the growing arts scene in the area.

Alexis McCarthy

Promotions Director, KOHU/The Q, and Studio Director, Dance Unlimited

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I grew up here, and came back June of last year after graduating with my music degree from Whitworth University. I love this town, and being able to do good work in this community with the radio stations and dance studio is very fulfilling.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

We have so many great restaurants, what a hard decision! If I have to pick just one at the moment, Delish Bistro.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to read, but music is my biggest passion, so you can find me singing most days.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

Growing up here, I don’t have a big surprise that stands out. However, I am so pleased with how much the arts scene is growing here.

What was the last book you read?

“Better Than Before” by Gretchen Rubin. A great read for anyone looking to form (and stick to) new habits.

What app or website do you use most often other than Facebook or Google? It’s the perfect one-stop-shop for any information and websites local to our area!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

That probably changes on a daily basis. Today I’ll say Italy; I want to tour Europe’s opera houses, and Italy is the perfect place to start!

What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you?

I was barrel racing one day as a kid when I started falling off of my horse, but refused to let go. So I grabbed my horse’s neck and slowly slid sideways until I was hanging upsidedown before finally falling off. Spectators thought it was pretty funny!

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

I will be soloing with the Oregon East Symphony in February, so I am working toward that performance.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Voice Performance last year. It was the culmination of hours and hours in a practice room and the library, and it was so worth it.

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