At age 12, Asha earned a coveted spot in the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra. Beginning in June, she will be one of 300 students criss crossing Western Europe as part of a month-long musical student exchange program.
For Asha, the invitation is a milestone achievement after years of training in the Suzuki Method. "To me, music gives me the ability to make up my own story, '' she says. "It's like my second voice. Without it, I would probably be a different person.''
In 2014, Asha attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Summer Camp. At the time, she described the finale concert and her selection as the first chair as the biggest moments of her life. That experience was made possible thanks to a partial scholarship. However, Blue Lake does not offer scholarships or financial assistance for its international program.
As a donor your support will help Asha take part in an experience that will include 26 concert performances in three different countries, playing the works of Brahms, Stravinsky and more. "I feel like this experience will change me as a person and as a musician," she says. "But being away from home will be a little hard.''
In addition to being selected as a member of Blue Lake's 2015 IYSO, the future film score composer also plays violin in the orchestra at Norup International School and is the founder and composer for the Treblemakers, a 5-piece classical ensemble of fellow 7th grade music lovers.
"I think,'' Asha says, "this is going to be one of my most memorable years.''
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