For young Toronto violinist, looming decision between medicine or music

Posted on: September 4, 2013

In Wednesday’s (9/4) Toronto Star, Isabel Teotonio writes about 17-year-old violinist Teresa Wang, who must decide this year “what to study after graduating from Agincourt Collegiate Institute. Will it be music or science? … If she chooses science, the A student suspects she’ll end up in medical school. She prefers the idea of picking up a violin bow to a stethoscope… ‘It’s just so much fun (playing violin) because you’re playing this amazing music and you’re sharing this with people,” says the accomplished musician, who is a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and spent part of the summer touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada” and also studies at the Royal Conservatory. “ ‘It was a really emotional experience,” recalls Teresa of playing” Mahler’s Ninth Symphony on tour with NYOC this summer. “ ‘At the end of the concert, all of us were, like, crying together backstage…. It’s really overwhelming,’ she says about trying to sort out what to do and where to go. Teresa’s parents say they are leaving the decision up to her and will support whatever she chooses. But, she notes: ‘I’m sure they’d love it if I became a doctor.’ ”

Posted September 4, 2013