Francesca Fernandes, Saratoga, California

“To me, music is an outlet from the rest of the world. Whenever my life is hectic or I’m having a bad day, music is what I turn to. As a kid I was always surrounded by music —my parents enrolled me in piano lessons when I was five, my dad was always playing guitar,Continue reading “Francesca Fernandes, Saratoga, California”

Josephine Chou, Saratoga, California

“To me, music is a form of expression and healing. I was a shy and extremely quiet middle schooler; I did not have many friends nor was I confident. Because I found it difficult to express myself using words, I turned to music to ease my pain and struggles. While playing piano, I was inContinue reading “Josephine Chou, Saratoga, California”

Michael Tyler, Houston

“When I was little, I gained an appreciation for musicality through my (self-described) tone deaf dad. He was always the most supportive of my instrumental endeavors and was blown away by my ability to play them. My dad also gave me a very broad palate, as he would put on just about anything for meContinue reading “Michael Tyler, Houston”

Ajay Gupta, Saratoga, California

“I started playing piano when I was maybe three or four and had lessons once a week. Then I stopped when I joined band from seventh grade to sophomore year, and I never really played the piano then because I had marching band and private saxophone lessons. I quit band after sophomore year, and IContinue reading “Ajay Gupta, Saratoga, California”

Louise Osborne, Lake Almanor, California

“I was born in 1945, so around 1946 to 1952, we would go every summer from Ohio to Colorado because we had a cabin in the mountains. That was a long trip. We didn’t have car radios, let alone computers or ways to listen to music, so my father would sing. He made up funnyContinue reading “Louise Osborne, Lake Almanor, California”

Bailey Zhang, Houston, Texas

“I’ve never had a proclivity towards musical instruments. When I was young, my parents signed me up for violin classes. To their dismay, my career as a violinist failed to launch. From there, I joined my middle school orchestra and quit. In the beginning of high school, I started to teach myself the ukelele. ItContinue reading “Bailey Zhang, Houston, Texas”

Carol Kim, Sunnyvale, California

“When I was in my teens and twenties, music was a means to connect with friends and the world. I was into pop and rock back then. In my thirties, music was a means to lift my spirits and match my mood — so more pop, R&B and hip hop. Now, in my forties, musicContinue reading “Carol Kim, Sunnyvale, California”

Ella Broom, Houston, Texas

“Music has always meant self reflection and change to me. I find myself turning to it when I need something to help me navigate how I’m feeling. I’m able to connect the dots between words and how I’m feeling, as my favorite songs are so incredible to me because they describe/project emotions that I didn’tContinue reading “Ella Broom, Houston, Texas”

Harry Völker, The Netherlands

“I was born in Amsterdam, in the hunger winter (December 9, 1944). I had a lot of trouble with bad and too little food. I grew up in Amsterdam. My mother in particular stimulated piano lessons in my youth. In 1982 it turned out that our large chicken company (self-built) would not survive financially dueContinue reading “Harry Völker, The Netherlands”