Sam Koskinen, viola
Champlain Valley Union
VT Youth Orchestra – 4 years
VT Youth Chorus – 1 year
VT Youth Philharmonia – 1 year
VT Youth Sinfonia – 2 years
How did you choose your instrument over all of the others?
While the Violin was what I first wanted to play, I started on and stayed with the Viola. It was my mother, a former violist, who explained to me the magic of the Viola.
What do you enjoy most about playing in an orchestra?
Knowing that I am contributing to a large group effort, along with some of the most talented people I have, and will ever know.
What kinds of changes would you like to see in the orchestral world?
More people in the audiences. Selling out the Flynn was always something I wanted to do, and that level of excitement and support for the VYOA’s musicians is always something they deserve.
What is your favorite VYOA memory?
It’s absolutely when I was mere feet away from the reveal of the first ever Bobblehead Dvorak.
What other activities do you participate in?
I love to play Ultimate Frisbee, and since middle school, I’ve enjoyed singing in my school’s choirs.
What do you plan to study in college?
Music Business and Technology