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Sonny Young

Graduating Senior Soloist Competition Winner


Sonny Young, 18, is a senior at Palo Alto High School. He began his musical studies with Yumiko Zulch, where he played the piano since the age of 5. When he first joined the school band program in fifth grade, he started playing the clarinet. Discouraged by his frequent squeaks and out of tune playing, he switched and picked up the bassoon in eighth grade, studying under Dr. Yueh Chou. He joined California Youth Symphony in his sophomore year and continued to play for the next two years as the principal bassoonist in the Senior orchestra.

Sonny has participated in the Santa Clara County Honor Band for the past three years as the first and principal bassoon. He has participated in the California All State Honor Ensemble for the past three years, with his most recent year in the High School Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a guest bassoonist at San Jose State University’s Beethoven 7th Symphony concert.

At his school, he has been the first bassoon for the past four years in the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. He was appointed by his band teachers to take on the crucial role of a student conductor for the weekly football game halftime shows, and he even enjoyed substituting for his teachers once to teach a ninety minute class period. He continues to give back to the community by teaching young children piano.

Aside from music, Sonny lives a satisfactory life and can't get enough free time to solve the daily New York Times crossword puzzles. Even though he spends too much time sitting in a chair in front of his computer every day, he may be spotted at the tennis courts occasionally playing tennis with his friends. He also enjoys cooking and other physical or intellectual challenges, like biking to his first period class on time or competing in the Science Olympiad and Science Bowl competitions as the team captain for both. In college, he plans to study chemistry and continue playing music.

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

May 31, 2020
Season Finale
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2019-2020 SEASON

Program
CYS Senior Orchestra

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