My name is Kennedy and I'm 16 years old. I'm a junior in high school and I play in my school's symphony orchestra. I've played violin since I was in 4th grade and have loved every minute of it.
What made you choose to play violin? The orchestra teacher in my elementary school came to our class one day and told us all about the orchestra program at school. Then she showed us a video of some people playing their violins on a stage that were having the times of their lives, dancing and really getting into their playing. That made me think, Hey... I want to do that. And it wasn't just an impulse decision. Something inside told me I should really do this, stick with it, and work hard so maybe I can do what those violinists in the video were doing.
With that, my parents agreed to let me start playing violin. I'm so grateful that they payed all that money and supported me as I began learning to play. They must have seen how serious I was about wanting to learn how to play the violin, even at a young age. Even though my dad passed away last year, my mom still encourages me to stay dedicated and I feel my dad's love and support with every note I play.
Since then I've performed in numerous concerts, gone to violin camp, played at contest since 7th grade, played in the orchestra pit last year (the play was How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), and tried out for district. I didn't make it in last year, but I'm going to try out again this year and practice as much as I can and get as much help as possible so I can hopefully make it in. I also started taking private lessons this year so I can improve my skills even more.
In the future I want to play violin for the rest of high school, all throughout college, and possibly play in a professional orchestra. In the meantime... I'll be practicing my butt off!