Senior Kristie Huie, violinist extraordinaire at CVHS, is going into her third year playing for the Honors Symphony All State Orchestra. The California Orchestra Directors Association runs the prestigious three-day program, which includes a highly selective application process, two days of rigorous rehearsal, and a concert on the last day. The concert is in a different location every year, and this year’s event was at San Francisco State University.
“The music for the All State Orchestra was super challenging, but I was thankful to be chosen and to represent CVHS,” said Huie.
Huie has been the concertmaster for the CVHS Symphonic Orchestra for quite a few years, as well as for other orchestras she’s played in, including the CVHS Chamber Orchestra, the Jenny Lin Foundation Orchestra, and the Oakland Youth Orchestra. Her freshman year, Huie got the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica with the Oakland Youth Orchestra. There, the group also performed with the Costa Rican Youth Symphony Orchestra, and at the elite Teatro National venue.
“Although we couldn’t understand each other through language, we connected as musicians through the music, and had lots of fun!” remarked Huie.
Practicing the violin diligently for 13 years has turned out well for Huie. Her musical talent pleases a wide range of audiences, and she inspires many young musicians to continue their endeavors.
“Playing violin is my sport, and I can do it for pleasure, not just a hobby,” said Huie.
Huie plans to continue playing violin after graduating, and to make the violin a part of her life after high school too, by possibly majoring or minoring in music. Joining the college’s orchestra is a must.
“If you love what you do, you should pursue it passionately,” advised Huie.