Senior Alina Mattson Reflects on her Second Trip to Haiti
I had an opportunity to travel to Haiti with an organization called Work my junior year at Sewickley Academy. What struck me about this organization was their integration into the communities and their promise to make families self-sufficient instead of offering outside solutions that would fix their problems short term. They do this by making sure both parents are in stable jobs and their children are placed in school. While in Haiti, we got to see first hand how Work functions and what they strive to achieve.
Senior Selected as Candidate in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Senior Aydin Turkay has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.
Junior Wins Top Places in International Music Competitions
Bobo Liang won first place in the Young Musician Category in the 2018 International Maestro Piano and String Competition and third place in the 16th International Competition “Luigi Zanuccoli” for Young Musicians.
In the 2018 International Maestro Piano and String Competition, contestants had to complete an application and uphold a high level of playing and musicianship which was determined through a video audition that consisted of two seven-minute pieces of their choosing. Bobo was notified via email earlier this month that she earned the top prize in her respective category. As a winner, she will have the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City in July.
On May 29, Bobo participated in the 16th International Competition “Luigi Zanuccoli” for Young Musicians in Sogliano al Rubicone, Italy, under the direction of Claudio Casadei. She competed in Category C for string instrument musicians in the 17 – 20 age group. Similarly to the Maestro Competition, she was required to select music that was at least seven minutes in duration. She played two pieces with piano accompaniment – Popper: Concert Polonaise Op. 14 and Glinka: La Separation Nocturne. Shortly after all the participants played for the jury, the winners, including Bobo who placed third, were announced and given certificates.
For Bobo, music is an integral part of her life. “I don't remember what exactly sparked my interest in music, however, I don't remember a time where music hasn't been a part of my life,” she said. “I started playing the violin when I was 3 years old and eventually switched to the cello when I was six. I've also been playing the piano since I was five.”
Winning these competitions marks the culmination of 11 years of hard work, dedication, and determination. “The music world is always a constant battle with seating auditions, competitions, and recordings one after another and often at the same time,” Bobo explained. “I am proud of myself for somehow being able to balance my music and academic life, along with other activities, as well as managing junior year. I have many accomplishments to show for my hard work and perseverance such as winning these competitions.”
In addition to the July performance in NYC, she will perform at a music festival in France in June, and attend the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
While she anticipates that music will be a common chord played throughout her life, she is keeping her options open to other career choices. “I see myself potentially studying music in college and even though I don't wish for music to be my only career, I do hope to keep music in my life in some way or another no matter what I end up doing,” Bobo said.