Inspired by the San Franciso Symphony, we wanted to share some things that inspire us during this difficult time.  Below you will find pictures and quotes submitted by members of the Occidental Symphony Orchestra about what Orchestra means to them.  Enjoy!

Andrez Parra '23, History & Economics

Orchestra and music allow me to express human experiences and emotions in ways that cannot be shared or felt with words alone.



Yoli Patzkowski '23, Biology

Orchestra is a profound way to use your heart and soul to connect with others to create meaningful music. Even though we’re apart and times are tough, we have managed to keep using that power to build our relationships with each other so when we go back to making music, it’ll be as strong as ever.



Tiffany Kim '23, DWA & Psychology

I always look forward to playing music with dear friends in orchestra and chamber.



Clara Thielke '23, Undeclared

Orchestra is a place that will always feel like home to me, and I am grateful to have met so many kind, welcoming people in the Occidental Orchestra. I am looking forward to the musical experiences we will share in the future!



Angelina Lee '22, MAC

Hakuna fermata: it means playing for the rest of your days!



Trevor Mairs '21, Biochemistry

Music allows me to decompress when I play on my own. While playing with other musicians, I have the opportunity to grow, to listen to other voices and to be a part of a larger project.



Aya Sugiura '23, UEP

Music is like a second language, and orchestra is like a second family, so I miss the community and connection I get from both.



Deirdre Ellis '22, Art History

I’ve always like the sentiment (attributed to Leonardo da Vinci) that “Art is never finished, it is only abandoned.” I find the always unfinishedness particularly applicable to music and performance.



Hyun Gill '22, Music & Biochemistry

Music is a way of expressing myself with such sound and expression that a human voice can't achieve.



Joaquín Madrid Larrañaga '23, Undeclared

Making music gives me the chance to be a contributing member to something bigger than any one person. The power of music is both healing and transformative.



Chris Kim, Choi Family Director of Instrumental Music, hiking with his son Ian near the Pacific Ocean

I simply miss making music with my students. I cannot wait for us to fill Thorne Hall and Herrick Chapel and Bird Studio with the sound of music.

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