Pacific Lyric Association recognizes the importance of professional experience that students need when entering the workforce in artistic organizations. This experience can only be obtained in a professional work environment. Our Internship Program allows young singers, orchestra musicians, and technical personnel to receive training on site, working side-by-side with experienced professionals. Each of our six internship divisions are designed for students seeking a career in this particular aspect of opera, musical theater, and stage production.
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My name is Eric and I started in my 5th grade music program playing the trumpet. In middle school I played the trumpet and the euphonium under the instruction of Gary Mollenkopf, who taught me the fundamentals of reading music and having fun while playing. I was so fortunate to attend a school that supported a big music program.
In the eighth grade I joined the San Diego Youth Symphony. In high school I was told they needed a French Horn player and was not really given a choice, looking back, I was very lucky. A very good memory I have is of being invited by a friend to attend an East County Youth Symphony concert under the direction of Alexandra Keegan. I was so impressed by the level of music they were playing, I auditioned and joined the group. In the ECYS I was given the most amazing opportunity to play full symphonies and my level of playing skyrocketed. It is at this time that I started French Horn lessons with George Cable because I wanted to be at the same high level as the other musicians.
In college I studied Horn under Jenny Kim. Because of the opportunities I was given, I now enjoy playing my French Horn in many orchestras. My passion and love for music has grown into my adulthood, where I have created professional music connections, lifelong friendships, and a hobby that brings me so much joy and will last for the rest of my life. I hope the youths that are participating in the Pacific Lyric Association Youth Symphony can be inspired the way I was.
I am Carlos, a Mexican-American 16-year-old born and raised in San Diego, California. My journey as a musician started when I was 9 years old and just started 4th grade at La Mesa Arts Academy. I didn't know which instrument I wanted to play but I knew I wanted to do music in school, so I had to decide. At first, I wanted to play the saxophone but they had already let so many kids choose that I wasn't able to. So, I settled for the clarinet. I enjoyed it for the year and the next year I wanted to try something new. I then started playing the Bass Clarinet and the Clarinet in two different classes in school.
I did this for 5th and 6th grade then over the summer I started playing the violin with the East County Youth Symphony. I played the violin for about a month and a half, and I was intrigued by something else, something better. I started playing the cello. For all the instruments that I played before I was always mediocre and on the same level as my peers, but with the cello something just felt right, and I picked it up pretty fast and pretty well. When I went back to school after the summer, I played the cello and the Tenor Sax for fun in the Jazz and Orchestra Ensembles at my school.
At the end of the school year in 2018 I was given a scholarship from the East County Youth Symphony to attend private lessons with Carina Voly at the San Diego Community Music school at SDSU. Without this help I would probably never be at the level of playing I am today because these lessons sort of lit a spark for me and my passion for music. From 8th grade to now 11th grade, cello has been my main instrument. I still play other instruments like the ukulele and guitar for fun, but I am focused on improving my cello skills and majoring in cello performance when applying for colleges soon.
Music has been my life for the past seven years and I don't plan on leaving it out of my life anytime soon. Playing in Orchestras like PLA Youth Symphony is always good and I appreciate the experience I get from them dearly and I hope to do more in the future just as I've done in the past.