I can proudly say that one of the best decisions of my life was joining the New York Youth Symphony. Through the NYYS I gained many positive factors and truly discovered my passion for music. In three seasons I have become a part of a family, a diverse group including some of the best musicians I have ever met. NYYS has instilled in me orchestral etiquettes, leadership and responsibilities, and ways to open my ears. It has also provided me with exposure to the greatest orchestral pieces, the privilege of performing in Carnegie Hall three times a year, the remarkable opportunity of a musical tour to Argentina, and some of the best friendships and connections that would never have been possible without this amazing program. This orchestra has not only improved me as a player, but has also transformed me as a person, teaching me patience, respectfulness, and endurance. I can say with confidence that NYYS is one of the greatest gifts and pleasures of my life.
This year I was appointed Principal of the 2nd violin section, which meant that I had to be present at every rehearsal and concert, and write practice assignments for my section after each rehearsal. Now that I am a leader in the orchestra, the extra responsibilities have added a new level of excitement about the music that I have never before experienced. Also, under the extraordinary leadership and musicianship of our conductor Joshua Gersen, my love for music has been amplified ineffably over the past three years. I have gained so many precious things from this orchestra to carry on for life, and I would never change the past three year time and memories for anything. I cannot thank NYYS and any affiliated members enough for this amazing, unforgettable experience!
Update December 2016: Ejin is now attending Northwestern University
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