University of Southern California
I started the piano when I was three, and absolutely loved it. That led to later picking up the flute, followed by bagpipes. I saw my first bagpipe when I was six, while living in England, and immediately knew I wanted to do that. For the next three Christmases my parents asked what I wanted, and I always said bagpipes, and never got them, until 3 years later. How many six year old daughters on their own accord ask to play the bagpipe? A few years down the road I heard an oboe concerto on the radio, and loved the sound! Of course, I had to ask if I could learn the oboe, too. Learning from my insistence to become a bagpiper, my parents knew that I really really wanted to learn the oboe. So, they rented one the very next day. I have been hooked ever since then!
It would have to be a tie between Mahler Symphony 5, and Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland. There are too many great pieces ahead to pick just one!
Being able to play with AYS gives me experience in playing in a top quality orchestra with musicians similar to myself who I will be working with in the future. Being able to perform at the level of the orchestra prepares me for work playing in any professional situation, especially to know what is required of me in an orchestral job. I know that by being able to perform to their standard will prepare me for success in life.