Well, I'm Michael Chang, and I'm a junior in high school. It's that time where I have to decide where to apply. I really love my violin, and I desire greatly to pursue violin performance. However, my parents are strictly against my passion for music; the first time i told my father I wanted to continue playing violin, he kept lecturing me for a week about "being a doctor, lawyer, or pharmacist." He emphasized law especially since I was in debate my freshman year, but I lack the assertion to be a lawyer. I also asked for a new violin as an upgrade from the $2000 one purchased when i was in 6th grade, and I received an emphatic no with the reasoning being I will shove it under the bed after i graduate high school. The main issue my parents seem to accentuate is pay, and yes, I am asian -_-. I really have no care for making the big bucks as long as I am content with my life, and 100 grand a year is perfectly fine to me.
I can understand why my parents want me to pursue big dollars; after all I am scoring 2100+ on the SAT, 215 on the PSAT, making 5s on AP Exams, and in the top 10th percentile. I have to potential, but I just don't have any interest in working in an office building, managing a business, or working in a hospital.
Well, about my musical life, I have been playing violin since I was 6. I am a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. I make the All-District and All-Region Orchestra every year in the top 10 chairs. I ranked number 50 in the Texas All-State this year. I have learned pieces in the standard repertoire including the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Paganini Concerto #1 1st Movement, Bruch Concerto, Vitali Chaconne, Mozart Concerto #5, Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, several Bach Sonatas and Partitas, Beethovan 5th Sonata, and others. I plan to learn the Tzigane or Vieuxtemps 5th Concerto next. I have received the "outstanding performance" award several times for Solo and Ensemble. I don't know if this is enough to create a solid stance, but I need a way to convince my parents to let me pursue music.
Please help me! :O
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