Four valley residents will get a chance to display their skills in front of big crowds this summer, perhaps the opportunity of their young lives. When it comes to sensational musicians in Arizona, these youngsters prove age ain’t nothin’ but a number.
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These gifted kids, the youngest of which is only 4-years-old, will be given the chance to perform their uniquely original compositions alongside other US music students. These aspiring Beethovens were hand selected for their talents, scheduled to perform June 15th at the Mesa Arts Center in conjunction with the 2014 US National Junior Original Concert.
The youngest prodigy of the group is 9-year-old Kylie Smith from Chandler, who got her start playing music at the impressive age of 4. Not afraid of a crowd, Kylie has performed in numerous Yamaha Original concerts. She reportedly took inspiration from her younger brother, Karson, for her original composition, “Double Trouble Makers”.
Next in age is 11-year-old Audrey Wang from Scottsdale. Audrey also got her start at the age of 4, beginning with piano lessons. A busy body musician, Audrey is a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Honor Quartet. Her original composition, titled “Café Español’, was inspired from an unforgettable trip to Spain.
13-year-old Tissiana Vallecillo from Chandler originally fostered her love of music at the age of 3. A musical vagabond of sorts, her previous compositions have included music for bass, drum, piano, and clarinet. Her most recent composition, “Rumbling Heart”, was inspired by her interest in flamenco and Spanish music.
Finally, 15-year-old Karalyn Schubring from Gilbert began composing music at the age of 8. No stranger to the limelight, Karalyn placed first in the 2013 Music Teachers National Association composition competition within the junior division. She also received a Morton Gould Young Composer Award through the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers earlier this year.
Congratulations to these Arizona kids!