We would like you to meet another of our strong and silent types, Clio Brady. Actually, we are going to let her introduce herself because I think she says it better than we can.
Hi my name is Clio Brady! I am 18 years old and a senior at McQueen High School. I began playing violin at age three, and added viola in 2014. I’ve lived in Reno since I was adopted from China at one year old. I went to High Desert Montessori School, Peavine Elementary School, and B.D. Billinghurst Middle School. My mom started me on the Violin at age three and shortly after started teaching violin! I didn’t choose to play the violin, but I did choose to add Viola in 2014. I love playing both instruments. I love the friendships you make in orchestra and the repertoire we learn and eventually perform. I don’t have a favorite memory of any orchestra experience because I love all the orchestras I’ve played in and there are just too many good memories to choose from. My favorite musician is Bella Hristova. She is a violinist who’s played in Reno a few times. She’s just magnificent and I’ve looked up to her for so many years. I find that the hardest part about being a musician is practicing. This is not surprising because who likes practicing? I’m just kidding! Practicing is essential to advancing in anything you do. You’ve just got to stick it out and do the hard work. It pays off in the long run. I’ve participated in over 9 clubs at McQueen since Freshman year. I also play Lacrosse and Tennis. The most influential person in my life is my twin sister, Wren. I admire her so much and we are usually very close. I find that she gives me tough competition in basically anything we both participate in! I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I’m starting college as a music major. Music is familiar and it’s always been a part of my life. I will, however, be exploring other interests as well. I would tell a string student to never give up and find someone or something that will inspire you to continue with music.
Clio’s proud and sweet mom has the following amazing facts about Clio’s music career (so far) to add:
While still in elementary school, she was invited to perform on the stage with the Reno Pops Orchestra, and as a middle school student, Clio won the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition as well as the Reno Pops Orchestra’s Concerto Festival, giving her the opportunity to perform solo concerts with those orchestras. In 2013 she was invited to perform the Vivaldi Concerto in C minor for Two Violins with her twin sister on the stage with the Ruby Mountain Symphony. Most recently she won the Nevada Music Educators Association All State Command Performance competition in 2015, performing Handel-Halvorsen’s violin/viola duet Passacaglia with her sister. That same year she was named Alternate Viola for the National Youth Orchestra.
Clio has attended summer music festivals, chamber music workshops and orchestra camps in California and Washington state for the last 12 years.
Clio has played with the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras since age 11, touring with them in Los Angeles, Idaho, Vancouver, B.C., and Seattle. She has been involved in the Senior Honor Orchestra and Nevada All State Orchestra throughout high school. In 2015 she played with the Reno Philharmonic for their Fourth of July concert at Lake Tahoe.
And if that isn’t amazing enough, which it is, we, well I, have had the pleasure of getting to know Clio through an extra curricular activity that she left out. However, we are going to mention because, well it is something that is near and dear to our (well my) hearts. Clio is also part of the McQueen High School Mock Trial team that just took second and third place for all of Northern Nevada in the State Bar of Nevada’s High School Mock Trial Competition. It never ceases to amaze us how these kids have better resumes than we, well I, have.
Come see Clio and Wren play this weekend at the McQueen Zone Concert. It is Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 4 pm at McQueen High School. While we know there can never be another duo quite like Clio and Wren, we hope they will spark inspiration in younger musicians the way they always spark inspiration in us. Good Luck Clio!