Back in 2009, I was a freshman in high school, and had never played in an orchestra before. I wanted to join an orchestra because I wanted to challenge myself. When I heard that the Phoenix Youth Symphony still had spots open, I decided to try out. To my surprise, I made it into Symphonette. I was very excited to join this group of very talented musicians, and the two years that I’ve spent with Symphonette really changed who I was as a person and a musician. Dr. Temme really broadened my view of the musical world and exposed me to many new types of music.

In the fall of 2011, I had the privilege to join the Youth Symphony. I will never forget the first rehearsal: it was an amazing experience. Playing with such talented people and having Kei conduct with such enthusiasm and excitement really made rehearsals something that I looked forward to every Wednesday. I will forever treasure the memories and the experiences I’ve had with PYS. This organization has greatly influenced me and ultimately made me a better musician.