VIOLINIST Helena Logah’s dream came true when she was selected to join the San Diego Youth Symphony this summer.
The 18-year-old from Olton posted a video on You Tube to MusiCamp judges and is one of 15 international musicians to join the California orchestra in July.
During the first two weeks the former King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls Sixth pupils will join be rehearsing and in the the final week will be spent performing five concerts in various areas in California.
Helena said she’s hoping that going to America will show her what it is like to tour in an orchestra and to meet musicians from all around the world to make music with whilst representing music in the UK.
She added: “I am hoping to improve my violin and orchestral playing for the future so that one day I can become a professional.”
The MusiCamp and trip costs have to be funded by the applicant.
However, thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club Helena will be staying with a Rotary Host family while at MusiCamp.
She said: “The Rotary Club in Solihull kindly gave me a donation to contribute towards my travel fees as I am aiming to fundraise the money myself by performing at events, teaching the violin and busking in Solihull with my String Quartet.”
The National Youth String Orchestra member started playing the violin when she was just nine-years-old and she has never looked back.
She is even teaching the violin and leading the Symphony Orchestra at Junior Birmingham Conservatoire during her gap year before starting her degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in September.