Sugar Land Student Chosen for Youtube Symphony Orchestra

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He auditioned against 2,000 other musicians and now, a Fort Bend County high school student has received the honor of joining the 2011 Youtube Symphony Orchestra.

Travis Yeh is 15 years old and has been playing the violin since he was a young boy. Both his brother and sister also play instruments. He says he's been having his eyes set on the event since he was an eight grader but just recently got the courage to submit his video.

When Yeh picked up his violin and pressed record he never imagined he would be picked for the chance of a lifetime.

"I was pretty interested but when I looked at the music I was pretty intimidated out of auditioning," said Yeh. "I'm really excited for this opportunity."

He submitted his video to the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Out of 2,000 across the world, Yeh was one out of 100 chosen.

Yeh is a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land. He's the buzz around campus and his orchestra teacher couldn't be prouder.

"I can't tell you how proud it makes a teacher feel when a student works the way (Yeh) does and the work ethic this young man has especially at such a young age," said Carolyn Vandiver, orchestra professor.

Yeh admits his love for the violin came later in life.

"I didn't like practicing because I was just sitting at home," said Yeh.

Now he even created an organization called MUSICO where he and his friends play for the elderly in nursing homes.

"I'm just really passionate about playing the violin now," said Yeh.

Come March, Yeh will head to Sydney, Australia where all finalists will play together for the first time at the Sydney Opera House.

The orchestra is made up of 97 players and four soloists. They range in age from 14 to 49 and come from 30 countries. The concert will be streamed live online Mar. 20.

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