Rachel Mellis, flute 2002-2005

June 20, 2014

Rachel

I had the opportunity to play with the Youth Orchestra in high school, which was one of my greatest high school experiences. PSG provided me with invaluable training in orchestral playing and etiquette, and allowed me to cultivate personal and professional relationships that I still have today. Now I work as a professional flutist, and am thankful for the experiences I had in those years.

I went on the tour to China, which was an unforgettable experience. The concerts and cultural exchange with Chinese musicians were a true blessing, and something I will always cherish. Playing under Robert Moody was a treat, and I have nothing but wonderful memories. His positivity, kindness, ability to inspire, and impressive musical talents were such a huge and integral part of making the Youth Orchestra so wonderful.

Some of my favorite memories of PSG include going on the retreats. Campfires, rehearsals in the woods, seeing and performing hilarious skits for each other – all such positive memories that will always be etched in my mind.

Thank you, PSG, for all that you have done and continue to do for young musicians in Arizona!