Marissa Weston, 17, is looking forward to a diverse career as a violinist.
The Valparaiso High School senior has auditioned for six music schools, and will study violin performance with the intention of one day performing with a major orchestra.
Weston has played violin for 12 years, and previously participated in the Northwest Indiana Youth Orchestra and the LaPorte Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to Valparaiso High School’s music program, Weston currently plays in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as its Encore Chamber Orchestra. She will travel to China this summer to perform with CSO.
“I like that there are so many different styles of music that (the violin) can bring to life,” Weston said.
“I have had teachers that have inspired and challenged me to work hard and get better. I listen and watch great violinists of our time that have inspired me to keep practicing.”
The daughter of Mickey and Lisa Weston, the teen was chosen as concertmaster for the 2014 Indiana All-State Orchestra. The concertmaster is selected by audition, and is considered the best violinist in the orchestra and represents the musicians as a whole.
Weston performed with the All-State Orchestra on Jan. 25 during the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference in Fort Wayne.
Weston also displayed her musical skills in February as a contestant in the Indiana Distinguished Young Woman (formerly America's Junior Miss) program in Kokomo. She performed a portion of Vittorio Monti’s Czardas on Violin, and was eventually named third runner-up.
“I was thrilled to be one of the four finalists. I enjoyed meeting other incredible young ladies and making friends who represented areas from all around the state,” she said. “The experience as a whole was incredible and I learned a lot of lifelong skills.”
In addition to violin, Weston is a member of the VHS Spanish Club and is an active youth group member at Liberty Bible Church.