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Emily Averyt

Violin, YOSA musician since 2012

Saint Mary’s Hall, class of 2019

Will attend Trinity University

What inspired you to be in YOSA?

From an early age, music has been a prominent fixture in my life. Nearly all of my extended family plays an instrument. It only seemed natural when I began studying the violin at age five. However, it wasn’t until I joined YOSA that I began to understand the magic of music.

What have you enjoyed most during your time in YOSA?

There are many highlights from my time in YOSA including the international tours, performing with local bands in the Classic Albums Live Series, with San Antonio Symphony in the YOSA Side-by- Sides, learning amazing repertoire, accompanying world-class musicians, and soloing with the San Antonio Symphony as the 2016/17 YOSA Concerto Competition winner. What I’ve enjoyed most about YOSA is the weekly journey of discovering the exciting intricacies of instrumental ensemble work with a group of students who share my love of music.

One memory in particular stands out to me. While playing Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony at my first concert in the YOSA Philharmonic, there was something exhilarating about the way in which over one hundred student musicians were able to unify their drastically different sounds into a coherent musical statement.

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Dylan Fernandez de Lara

Violin, YOSA Philharmonic

Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School Class of 2019

Congratulations on earning a spot with the Texas All- State Orchestras. What was your favorite part of the All-State experience?

My favorite part of the All- State experience was having the opportunity to play with an orchestra of such a high caliber.

You were also selected for the National Youth Orchestra (NYO-USA). What are you most looking forward to about this opportunity?

With NYO-USA, I’m looking forward to touring Europe and meeting other musicians from across the country.

You’ve been in YOSA since 2014. What keeps you coming back year after year?

All of the great friends and memories I have made are what keep me coming back to YOSA year after year.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from high school?

After I graduate from high school I hope to continue playing violin, however I’m interested in studying electrical engineering.