Music matters for Youth Symphony members
If you have any question about the power of music, just ask San Diego Youth Symphony violinist Jasmine Wang what music means to her.
“Music has truly enriched my life in countless ways,” said Wang, a junior at Westview High School, in an email. “It has given me a way to express myself as well as brought me joy in everyday life.”
Or you could check in with Youth Symphony oboist and flutist Sara Kornfeld Simpson.
“It allows me to express myself and my emotions in an inexplicably beautiful way,” said Simpson, a junior at Patrick Henry High School. “It also has opened doors for me, allowing me to make new friends and tackle school with greater discipline learned from practicing my instruments.”
Or, you could query clarinetist Claudia See.
“Music has taught me to communicate with others on an unprecedented level.” said See, who is graduating from Canyon Crest High School. “I find it magical that notes on a page are more than just ink; they are colors, images, and feelings that enable me to interpret emotion and meaning in new dimensions.”
As the school year ends, the San Diego Youth Symphony is showcasing its student musicians in a series of three concerts featuring the program’s wind, string and symphonic ensembles.
Wang will be performing the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (the same concerto Joshua Bell played with the San Diego Symphony last weekend) with the organization’s Symphony Orchestra, on the June 9 concert.
Simpson, who also is principal oboe with the Philharmonia, the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra, will be soloist in Cecil Chaminade’s Flute Concerto on the June 1 (7 p.m.) concert. (The June 1, 7 p.m. concert, will also include seventh-grader Ryan Park playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3).
These students typify the Youth Symphony’s highest aspirations, according to Director Jeff Edmons, who considers them among the best of the best.
“Jasmine has a maturity and musicianship well beyond her age and years,” said Edmons. “And she has a consummate dedication to our program. She sets an outstanding example for the other musicians.”
He had similar superlatives for Simpson and See, also citing their maturity and “dedication to excellence.”
Simpson, who last year played with the National Honor Concert Band at the Kennedy Center, will spend her summer at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony, as part of its Youth Artists Wind Ensemble.
Wang, along with See, the Youth Symphony’s principal clarinet, is among 70 musicians nationwide who will spend July in Washington, D.C., as part of the National Symphony’s four-week Summer Music Institute.
Both Wang and Simpson are considering careers in music, but even if their paths lead elsewhere, they plan to keep playing.
“Honestly,” said Wang, “it’s hard to even imagine my life without music.”
Source: UT San Diego