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Class of 2007

2007

Maddy Ouye, oboe

Update 11/2012: I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science from Boston University in May 2011. I currently work full-time in Human Resources at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. I spend my free time volunteering with the American Cancer Society, specifically with various Relay For Life events across the country.

Comments: El Camino Youth Symphony is a truly amazing organization that offers children and teenagers so many opportunities and amazing experiences. It allows people to pursue their musical aspirations and perform amazing pieces in fantastic venues. ECYS teaches people so many important concepts and skills, such as time management, responsibility, punctuality, and more. By playing with ECYS, a musician will learn so much about him/herself.

I was a part of ECYS for seven years and I can safely say ECYS was a huge part of my life and it will be something that I never forget. I spent three years in the Senior Symphony and I got to participate in two international tours. I got to experience things that I will probably never get to experience again, for example getting a standing ovation from a sold-out crowd in Prague, and I got to travel to so many beautiful and amazing places that I will probably never get to experience again. I got to play fabulous pieces and be on stage with fabulous soloists. ECYS taught me a lot about myself and I truly miss performing with ECYS and the entire atmosphere of ECYS.

With arts programs dwindling in the public schools, organizations like ECYS are essential. They allow children to express themselves and to pursue their dreams. I think everyone should consider being involved in ECYS, either by auditioning for one of the various groups that is a part of ECYS or by donating to the organization.


Roshan Sukumar, bassoon

Update 11/2012: Living in Seattle, Washington while pursuing my MM in Bassoon Performance.

Comments: Being in ECYS is what inspired me to pursue a career in music. The memories I have from my time in ECYS will be something I cherish forever. It is where a deep love for great music was instilled in me, and where I met some of my closest friends, and had the opportunity to see the new parts of the world on tour. I will never forget the amazing times I had making music in ECYS and will always be thankful for that period of my life.

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