Student Stories Learn about students from our Conservatory and Community programs and how music has changed their lives: Noor Alramadan 11 yrs old | cello, clarinet I wasn’t really a musician. I thought I would do sports, but after a while it felt good and I felt happy that I was learning to play music. Sofia Hashemi-Asasi 17 yrs old | violin Her experience illustrates the symphony’s mission of enabling young musicians to perform classical pieces at an advanced level. Bruno Bello 13 yrs old | cello As unlikely as it seems music can change your life a lot. It gives you confidence and it also gives you hope to know that if you really want something you can make it happen. Kirusha Lanski 14 yrs old | percussion Meeting and playing with people who are more experienced musicians than I am inspires me to work even harder in achieving my music and academic goals Susan Lee 12 yrs old | violin Studying music has helped me with school because it teaches you to concentrate really well. I’m not really sure about my future, but I do know that math and music will definitely be a part of it.