The soundtrack of life
Travis Roemhild/AFN

Music provides unique and individual experiences that can last a lifetime. Music has given an increased perspective on the world to two local and obviously talented musicians. But they each have a favorite thing, different for both, that has fueled their passion.

Anes Sung, 18, and Kaitlin Dickson, 17, play for the Desert Vista orchestra, band and symphony band, respectively. They were recently chosen as two of 120 representing high school students from around the country to play in the prestigious National High School Honors Orchestra in Atlanta.

As their high school careers wind down, as they are both seniors with college ahead of them, they know their competitive music careers might be over, if they decide not to pursue it in college, but that doesn’t mean they will stop playing.

“I just want to play the rest of my life,” said Dickson, who plays the French horn. “For me, it doesn’t have to be a job. It is the best way I express myself. Music is special because anyone can understand it.”

The use of music as a form of expression definitely isn’t lost on Sung, who plays violin. But she appreciates it for where it has taken her.

“Music has been a big part of my life for so long,” she said. “It has been a way for me to see more of the world and learn more about myself. Through these trips, it has shown me and given me a better view of what I want to do.”

They traveled to Atlanta March 21 to 24, and during that time they rehearsed with their individual instrument groups and got a chance to watch the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra rehearse. The event takes place biennially and is just for 11th- and 12th-grade students.

“It was a lot of fun because we were playing with people who were really good at their instruments,” Dickson said. “We rehearsed all day, each day we were there.”

To apply, they each sent in a CD of themselves playing. Dickson had to send in one concerto and Sung had to send in two, one of which she got to choose.

In their post-high school careers, they will be going in different directions. Sung will be going to Harvard University next year and is thinking about majoring in neuroscience. Dickson said she is leaning toward attending the University of Arizona and majoring in animal sciences.

You can bet their instruments will be coming with them.

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