Kai Roberts, a 2015 graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, has always been a seeker of excellence. This has resulted in a history of being an honor and high honor student from his time at Pittsburgh Phillips Elementary School to Frick International Studies Academy (ISA) Middle School to Schenley High School.
While still in high school, he got involved in the Saturday Arts Greenhouse, a hip-hop music education program on the CMU campus that serves Pittsburgh teens through music technology classes, music recording projects, hip-hop performances and workshops on special topics relating to the hip-hop genre.
“I learned so much on those Saturdays, met so many mentors,” Roberts says. “I never thought I’d be one of the instructors in a few short years.”
He was originally in the CMU engineering program, but by his sophomore year he decided to pursue music. This was not surprising, as he comes from a musical family.
“My mother has a fabulous voice,” Roberts explains. “My dad used to DJ on the side, and my brother and I would sometimes help out, plus I sang in the Schenley (High School) Boys Barbershop Quartet and with the Madrigal Vocal Ensemble, directed by Rick Finkelstein.