Current Student Spotlight: Molly Yuan, oboe

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What instrument do you play? Where do you go to school? What other organizations are you involved with? What are your hobbies? 

Hi! My name is Molly Yuan, and I am a junior at White Station High School. I’m one of the oboists here at Memphis Youth Symphony!

Molly Yuan, YS oboe

My life pretty much revolves around the arts—I like to dabble a little in each area. I enjoy drawing, singing, dancing, acting, and, of course, making music! I’m a member of my school band, choir, and theatre department, and I’m also a proud member of the color guard dance team. When I’m not wasting time chatting with friends, you’ll probably find me in my backyard practicing flag tosses or in my room playing the oboe.  

Why did you decide to join the MYSP?

I originally joined MYSP because I was friends with many of the talented musicians in the program, and I was also looking for a challenge. At the time, playing the oboe was just a casual hobby of mine, so I auditioned with low expectations of getting in. After I found out I was accepted, however, I decided it was time to get serious about playing my instrument. 

Why does the MYSP matter to you and what have you gained from this experience?

As over dramatized as it sounds, MYSP has completely changed my life. Before joining this program, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life after high school, and I wasn’t even sure what my true interests were. Although I was heavily involved in a ton of extracurricular activities, I always felt like a jack of all trades, master of none. Not only did being in MYSP help me drastically improve my oboe playing, but it also helped me realize what I want to do with my future. I want to make music for as long as I live. I want to teach others about the joy of music. I want to make this my life.

Through MYSP, I was also able to find my best friends. They’ve been with me through thick and thin, and I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without them!


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