Ali Huh: Artist of the Moth
She’s Wind Symphony’s principal flautist, one of the Inter-Disciplinary Art Council’s (IDAC) instrumental music representatives and next year’s Marching Band drum major. You’ve heard her singing alto in Viva Cantar, and playing flute for Jazz I and Pit Orchestra. She’s junior Ali Huh, and she’s taken Northwood’s instrumental music programs by storm with her passion and dedication to her art.
Cara Kim: How are the arts a part of your life outside of school?
Ali Huh: I participate in the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, which rehearses every week. Every once in a while, I get the opportunity to travel and perform with various groups, whether they’re honor groups, festivals or masterclasses; all these experiences really got me thinking that music might be something I want to pursue in the future outside of high school. If it weren’t for the arts, even outside of school, I wouldn’t have met some of my best friends that happen to live far away or don’t go to the same school.
CK: Can you tell me about being featured recently in the OC Register?
AH: I was featured because I got the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra playing a flute concerto during our season finale concert at the Segerstrom Concert Hall! The entire event was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, since I’ve never really been in the spotlight as a soloist; usually I’m buried in the symphony orchestra or hiding in the pit orchestra.
CK: Overall, how has music impacted your life and your plans for the future?
AH: Music obviously has shaped much of who I am today: my personality, my interests and my social life—especially since it’s been a part of me for so much of it. It’s also gotten me, in a way, to be more open-minded about everything because of all the experiences and people I have interacted with; everything that I’ve participated in has taught me valuable lessons not only about working with others, but it helped me discover things about myself such as my physical capabilities, the mental strength involved with my passion and the amount of discipline it requires to make the most out of my opportunities. As for future plans, I’m hoping I can somehow incorporate flute performance into my studies, but as of now it looks like it’s an ongoing debate for my family and me. The only thing I’m certain of is that I probably can never let go of music in any form, and I hope I can actively keep it as a part of my existence all through my life.