Music allows me to express myself without having to explain myself– I can share my emotions, triumphs, and tribulations through the performance. We strive for excellence in our music, because it becomes a part of us, a means of conveying ourselves to others.
In my early years, I was described as shy and quiet. When my parents placed me in the Latino Arts Strings Program, it opened up a whole new world for me. I became happy when I played music, and I knew from that moment on that I had found my niche. The Latino Arts Strings Program helped mold me into the man I am today by teaching me life lessons.
Growing up with a violin in my hands has been a blessing. It has allowed me to walk in paths that I never imagined possible. Going to the White House, meeting the President of the United States, and then sitting a couple of seats from him at the White House theater in the East Wing is not something that happens to every middle school Latina!
The Strings Program has helped me find who I am and discover myself. Before I used to be really shy, and not speak up for myself. I feel that my violin has given me a voice. When I play, I find I have a voice.
Ever since I was eight-- from the moment I picked up a violin for the first time-- I saw and discovered a completely new world. Living as a first-generation American from an immigrant family, I experienced many hardships as a child before I even learned to talk. Having music in my life brought beauty to each new day.