The beautiful viola has arrived safe and sound. It has a wonderful tone, and Maya is just thrilled. Maya’s music really SINGS now! Maya has decided to name her Svetla, which is Czechoslovakian for “gift,” as the viola was made in Czechoslovakia.
Maya is fifteen and is in the 10th grade. She is part of a new program at school this year, where she attends orchestra classes on campus, but her core classes such as English and Algebra are online, and she completes those classes at home. She has become an expert at taking the city bus to and from school—rain, wind, and soon snow!!
Maya is Principal Viola for her High School Orchestra and chamber group, and she plays viola in the the local college orchestra and viola for the regional symphony orchestra. Maya is the youngest player for this symphony and has been a member for the past two years.
Last year, Maya won the Silver award for the Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow competition for her performance of the Viola Concerto by Telemann. But for the past four months, Maya has been practicing very hard on the Hoffmeister Viola Concerto for an audition for the Young Artist Competition, which will be held in March, 2012. The winner will play with the symphony during the annual Christmas concert.
We are thrilled to be a part of the American Viola Society family, and I am so grateful for the generosity of the organization.
- Kathi Johnson, Maya’s mother
Receiving this viola on loan is a miracle to me! I am so grateful for it! Practicing had become a chore to me because I could no longer make progress using my former instrument. I’m looking forward to the musical growth this instrument will allow me to achieve. I cannot adequately express my thanks to the American Viola Society for loaning this wonderful viola too me!