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June 11, 2008 > Fremont grad goes to Julliard

Fremont grad goes to Julliard

Submitted By Nicole Steward

Ashley Hsu will graduate high school this year and is heading off to college in the fall. While these are fairly normal plans for many high school seniors, consider that Ashley is planning to attend the prestigious Julliard School in New York City.

This is a major accomplishment, especially for a sixteen-year-old. Ashley is a senior at the Circle of Independent Learning (C.O.I.L.), following studies at Irvington High School. She is a graduate of Horner Junior High and Weibel Elementary School.

A talented pianist, Ashley has won multiple awards and scholarships, including a 06-07 scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States for her performances of the works of Chopin. She is also the silver medalist in the 2008 Schimmel International Piano Competition in which she competed against young artists from China, South Korea, Israel, Canada, and other countries.

"I love music and I love to perform," says Ashley. "I love to discover what is beyond the written music and deliver that message to my audience."

Ashley hopes to be a concert pianist and is excited to study under Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, chairperson of the Piano Department at Julliard. She credits her C.O.I.L. advisor Gino Barichello for inspiring and supporting her.

Ashley said graduating early was a lot of work, but C.O.I.L. allowed her a flexible academic schedule to be able to attend many piano competitions. Ashley's advice to young people who may want to follow her lead is simple, "Listen to your calling and trust God to make it work."

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