I would like to thank Allied Arts Foundation for providing funding to help me attend the Vianden International Music Festival and School in Luxembourg last August. It was a wonderful educational experience. When I heard about the opportunity, I wondered how I could afford it. Thanks to the support of Allied Arts Foundation, the Pacific Marine Foundation, Robert Frey of Lakeside Advisors, Inc., my family, and my own contribution, I was able to have a tremendous musical adventure.
I am 16 years old and play clarinet in the Symphony Orchestra at Roosevelt High School, the Cascade Youth Symphony, and the Seattle Junior Symphony Orchestra. I also study chamber music, conducting, and composition at the Academy of Music Northwest. Last year, I attended the Seattle Symphony’s Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop.
This was the first time I performed in Europe. I played in three chamber concerts. At a retirement home in Diekirch, I played the Partita for Woodwind Quintet by Irving Fine. I was also in the chamber orchestra, which performed the final act of Puccini’s opera, Suor Angelica, with soloist and choir, and performed in the European premiere of Regalis Suite, my composition for clarinet, oboe, bassoon, violin, and cello.
I had private lessons and master classes and attended many inspiring performances by faculty and students. Thanks to the quality of the coaching and level of experience of my fellow musicians, I may have improved my clarinet playing more in these two weeks than ever before.
Thank you for supporting my musical growth and development.