Nhi is a leader in the York Memorial C.I music department, who has played an active role in the school’s music program since the ninth grade. She has been an outstanding trombonist for the concert band and plays tenor sax for the stage band. Aside from performing, Nhi has also dedicated much of her time to the music in different ways. By participating in a citrus sale to raise money for a music trip to Chicago, she, along with some other students were able subsidize trip costs, making it possible for financially burdened students to join. Outside of school, Nhi volunteers at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Music and Arts program, where she organizes music related activities such as drumming circles for children with special needs. Her remarkable skills, passion for music and strong leadership characteristics are the reason why she has been voted the Music Council President for her final year.
Since music was introduced to me as a class in school, it has become a large part of my life. I first learned how to play an instrument outside of school with piano lessons, and I became very interested in learning to recreate music on my own, but in middle school I experienced how fun it is to learn music with a class. I really enjoyed learning another instrument and playing along with other students, and decided to continue with it into high school at York Memorial Collegiate Institute. Since then, I have learned how to play several instruments because of the many music classes that were available at my school. Being able to take a class that focuses on playing music is really different from the other academic classes of school. Music became a break from the stressful work of school and every music class has been a class I enjoyed going to and has become one of my favourite classes every year.
Learning how to read, write, and play music has showed me how to create my own music, or make music with others that enjoy it as much as I do. I loved making music and playing together with students in class, so I decided to get involved in ensembles, such as our school Intermediate Band, Concert Band, and Stage Band. I am normally very shy to share and present in front of others, but through joining ensembles that performed at our school concerts and community events I have been able to perform more comfortably.
I have met many great people who love and enjoy music as much as I do through the music program at York Memorial. One of the amazing people I’ve met through my music classes was my nominator for this award. I am very honoured that he recognizes my involvement in music as a great contribution to my school and community. Receiving this award makes me very happy knowing that I get to help my school music program and further support it for future music students. I look forward to continue contributing and dedicating my time to the York Memorial music program as the future Music Council President and I hope to help make music as enjoyable to other students as it is for me.