Chrissy Jung, a 7th grader at Daniel Wright, is this month’s star student. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky and is currently 13 years old. Recently, she won the ConcertMaster award, so she plays the first violin position. Playing the violin for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, which is an organization that provides musical education to over 650 students, Chrissy says that this organization is a “fun and engaging place to play with others”, and that “I really love that it allows me to listen to different instruments play”. Not only are there string instruments, but there are brass instruments, woodwinds, percussion, and even harps!
Her incredible music talent has made her the first chair for 2 years in the orchestra. Her next concert that her orchestra will perform will be in the Fine Arts building in Chicago. She will be playing accompanied by her symphony in the Fall as well. When I asked Chrissy how much she practices, she stated, “Many ask me how often I practice. I try to practice everyday, but it is sometimes difficult when you have a lot of activities”. Not only does she play the violin, but she also plays the piano! She also tries to practice on a regular bases on her piano. But you might be thinking, is music the only thing she does? In fact, the answer is no. Chrissy loves math challenges, reading books, playing sports, and using her creativity to paint, draw, and sculpt.
Interesting facts about Chrissy Jung:
- She has been playing the violin since the age of 7.
- Chrissy has won many competitions in both piano and violin, including the Granquist Competition in 2015, 2016, 2017. She received 2nd place at the 2014 Chicago International Music Association Competition and honorable mention (runner up) at the 2014 Festival in Honor of Confucius. She also played first violin in the 2018 ILMEA festival.