CYSO Alumni - Symphony Orchestra, Violin
For as long as I can remember, it has been my life’s goal to contribute something of myself to the world. When we are born, I believe it is incumbent upon us to give something of ourselves to the world. To me, fulfilling life’s purpose is to give something, something to life in return for, if nothing else, the very space I occupy every day.divx movies
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My very first aspiration in fulfilling this goal was to become a doctor, preferably one in the “alternative” medicines. My father being a practitioner thereof fostered my desire to heal others. I studied books, diagrams and charts of herbal properties, homeopathic remedies, acupuncture, reflexology, chiropractic manipulations, and yoga. I practiced yoga diligently for some years, and dreamed of someday being able to heal others.
Just before I started high school, I took up the violin, which was my first experience with a musical instrument. My teacher informed me a good many times that I had started “too late” to do anything with music. Fortunately, I had one thing on my side that has always been half the battle for me, which is that I honestly love to practice. I love the feeling of trying to reach perfection, however “intangible” it may be. I kept my dream to heal, and believed it could be done through music - it is a medicine by my definition.
After a few months of practice, I was already learning full symphonic works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. A year later, I auditioned into the International Youth Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra which tours Europe for a month and a half presenting the most challenging programs to various communities. I was concertmaster of IYSO in 2008, am currently the concertmaster of IYSO 2009, was assistant concertmaster of Merit Symphony Orchestra on its tour to New York in 2008 and am now one of its two concertmasters. I joined many IYSO and MSO members who are part of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Additionally, I have performed on WFMT 98.7 Chicago’s Classical Experience, on Channel 5 NBC and as a soloist with the International Choir Ensemble at the University of Michigan. I have also performed with Midori, and perform annually at the MaliVai Washington Mercedes Benz Gala in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
From the start of my musical studies, I have wanted to be a part of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, whose reputation is far-reaching. CYSO has the highest caliber of musicians and instruction and is constantly taking on new and challenging repertoire. The expectations of Mr. Tinkham and CYSO’s staff are truly great and inspiring. The rigor that comes with being a CYSO member is definitely refining my skills and allowing me to make rapid progress in all my musical endeavors.
Having played in eight symphonies in my five years of experience, and having sat under more than forty conductors, I have yet to feel a parallel in the competitiveness, professionalism, and camaraderie that I am experiencing as a member of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Immanuel Abraham is a 2009 graduate who went on to the University of Michigan to study Violin Performance & Composition.