Q&A: Olivia Silva, teenage flutist in Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program

Posted on: November 22, 2016

“Olivia Silva used to be that kid back in elementary school when she rebelled against the piano,” writes Ann Hardie in Saturday’s (11/19) Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “A decade later, the 16-year-old Woodward Academy junior is an accomplished flutist.… Last Sunday, she performed at Atlanta Symphony Hall at an awards ceremony for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program, which works to identify and develop African-American and Latino students who want to pursue music as a career.” Q: Can you talk about ASO’s Talent Development Program? A: This is my second year and I am so glad I applied to be in it. It provides private lessons with members of the ASO…. Q: How was playing Symphony Hall? A: It was a really cool experience for me. I had never played on that stage before and I got to play a duet with a harpist also in the program. … We played Vincent Persichetti’s Serenade No. 10.… Q: What does music bring to your life? A: It definitely brings me joy…. I’ve also become friends with so many people I wouldn’t have otherwise known. I can have fun with people while doing something that we all love.”

Posted November 22, 2016