JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 Doubling down is always risky but the reward can be sweet. For music teacher, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Sheena Dhamsania, the latest personal musical journey of pushing boundaries will be the prize. Not only will she be showcasing original music for the first time this Thursday at the Center Theater, she\u2019ll be doing it alone, and on some instruments and methods that she is largely unfamiliar with. \u201cFor many years now, I\u2019ve definitely been more comfortable in a collaborative and supportive role with my inspiring musician friends in the valley and beyond,\u201d Dhamsania shared. \u201cI wanted to take it upon myself to rise up to this challenge because when I do solo stuff its for more intimate settings like yoga classes. So this is a really cool opportunity for me, to treat it as a personal residency, where I have work-shopped a lot of songs that were not finished or that I was reluctant to share with the world. This will be the first time to perform original music of my own, publically.\u201d Dhamsania studied bassoon on scholarship at Michigan State University, primarily in a classical framework, and picked up the bass guitar in recent years as a member of Risky Livers. She\u2019ll also be incorporating electric guitar, perhaps keyboard, and looping in the context of \u201cphasing,\u201d which she\u2019ll use to layer iterations of her voice to make the music more complex in texture. One song that she\u2019ll be featuring is \u201cThomeva Matha,\u201d a hymnal from her youth that is usually sung in a Hindu religious context. As a musician that emerged from Detroit, Motown and soul music has always been close to her heart, while college led her to the indie sounds of Animal Collective and Radiohead. And during her formative years, she would be turned off by the twang of country music on the radio dial. Moving to Wyoming was a game changer with so many local musicians focusing on the roots aspect of country. \u201cWhen I started writing some of these tunes, what ended up coming out was this country form and I\u2019m just rolling with that,\u201d she said. \u201cThere was one song that is in seven with kind of a lo-fi, hip sound, but I found that some of the other songs had more of a simpler song form than I ever imagined. I\u2019ve always identified as being an instrumentalist and not a singer or lyricist, so this is a total foray into the possibilities of just what happens when you don\u2019t care what other people think about what you have to say about the world.\u201d Dhamsania was also named 2019 Teacher of the Year in Teton County after being nominated by her peers. She has taught music for nine years, currently at Wilson Elementary. She has also collaborated with many local acts as a gigging musician, including Canyon Kids and her female duo, Sister Shabby. Her experience as a teacher and freelance musician has certainly pushed her in new ways for the upcoming show. \u201cProgramming is so fun and such a cool aspect of this,\u201d she added. \u201cI\u2019m very much an amateur guitar player but it\u2019s really fun to push my boundaries as a musician. Perfection isn\u2019t everything, think about authenticity over perfection. As a classical musician, we\u2019re trained to think right or wrong, and I think my development as a musician in the valley has been more to emote from the heart.\u201d \u201cA big thanks to Shannon McCormick and the Center for envisioning a space that local musicians have been attempting to access and for opening that up,\u201d said Dhamsania. \u201cIt\u2019s probably one of the only stages I haven\u2019t played in Jackson, and acoustically it's a really special place, so I\u2019m stoked to engage with that as well.\u201d Sheena Dhamsania, live stream at 5 p.m. Thursday from the Center Theater stage via the Center for the Arts Facebook page. JHCenterForTheArts.org.