Student Interview with Diana Reid, Ovation Cellist
How long have you been playing the cello?
I’ve been playing cello for seven years.
What inspired you to choose the cello?
When I was younger, my parents would play music videos from this band called OneRepublic for me. They use cellos in a lot of their songs, and one day while watching the music video for “All Fall Down”, I saw the cello and immediately said “I want to play that one!”
My parents thought it would be best for me to have a foundation in piano, so I started that when I was five. After studying that for five years, my parents decided I was ready to start cello as well!
Do you participate in your school’s orchestra? How does participating in your school’s ensemble and SDYS benefit you?
Yes, I am the principal cellist of the Canyon Crest Academy Chamber Orchestra. Playing in both ensembles has been pivotal in my development as a musician because it means that I am playing in an orchestra at least 6 days a week (and some weeks, every day of the week) for at least 1.5 hours a day. It’s this idea of “sink or swim”, I think; it teaches me to think and learn on my feet. If I don’t know a certain technique that’s used in one of our pieces, for example, I know I’ll have to figure it out by the next rehearsal! It keeps me from stagnating and constantly challenges me to improve.
Apart from my development as a musician, participating in both ensembles is my favorite thing about the week. I love my music family, and I love being a part of something greater than myself.
How have you been affected by the move to online music?
Because of the transition to online learning, I’ve missed physically being in an orchestra. There’s nothing quite like it. However, I’m thankful that we’ve been able to remain in contact through the weekly Ovation meetings and Mr. Edmon’s conducting club.
How was the transition to online schooling with your other classes?
For the most part, the transition to online schooling with other classes worked well. Honestly, I don’t really mind going to my morning classes in pajamas!
What are you looking forward to in your senior year?
I’m looking forward to performing in the senior recital and becoming one of the orchestra “parents”! I’m also excited for some of the classes I’m taking, such as European history and physics.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I am immeasurably grateful to SDYS for all of the opportunities it has given me. I have grown so much as a person and a musician through this program, and I would not be where I am today without the encouragement of all the SDYS staff. I cannot wait to be back in Balboa Park and play with everyone again!
Thank you for the fantastic interview, Diana!