Kailyn Fong, Concord, California

“I remember hearing my dad playing piano. I loved it, and I wanted to do just what he was doing. So in 5th grade, I finally enrolled in piano lessons. I was operating under the delusion that I would be able to play as well as him as soon as I started. It was notContinue reading “Kailyn Fong, Concord, California”

Jadis Chen, Los Gatos, California

“My musical journey began at the age of seven when I was still dabbling in all sorts of different activities. At the time, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, and piano felt like an “off to the side” part-time activity. I was still taking lessons, but practicing for long hours sounded likeContinue reading “Jadis Chen, Los Gatos, California”

Darwin Chow, Saratoga, California

“Music has really been a major part of my life, especially since I started writing music. I started writing music when I was a freshman, and it’s been a really cool part where Iget to write poetry about how I really feel about things. I started writing music because I wanted to impress someone. ItContinue reading “Darwin Chow, Saratoga, California”

Kate Hsiung, Saratoga, California

“To me, music is the first thing that I turn to when I need to find ways to express how I am feeling. Listening to music creates a different atmosphere, so powerful in the way that just by listening to one song, it can make me feel so many different emotions at once. It isContinue reading “Kate Hsiung, Saratoga, California”

Andrew Shoemaker, San Diego, California

“For me, music has played a pivotal role in developing my self-esteem. I never spent enough time practicing an instrument to get good at it, and growing up my parents listened to AM talk radio, so my exposure to music was very limited as a child. The first artist I really enjoyed listening to wasContinue reading “Andrew Shoemaker, San Diego, California”

Jun Lee, Saratoga, California

“To me, music has been one of the necessities in life. When I was in elementary school, my parents would tell me, “You should learn at least one instrument to play music because that’s going to help in the future.” When I was young, my mom would play Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart every morning,Continue reading “Jun Lee, Saratoga, California”

Audrey Lee, Saratoga, California

“Ever since I can remember, music has been a part of my life. Since I have an older brother, the easiest, and at that time, the most logical thing to do was follow his hobbies: to play a stringed instrument and join orchestra. I started playing the cello in fourth grade and joined orchestra theContinue reading “Audrey Lee, Saratoga, California”

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”