Musician Spotlight: Gennavieve Wrobel

How long have you been playing the oboe and what drew you to that instrument?

I started playing the oboe during the summer of 2011. We had instrument trials for band before 6th grade — I tried everything. My band director suggested flute or clarinet, but I couldn’t decide. He mentioned the oboe but said it would be difficult. I enjoyed the uniqueness of the instrument and never backed away from a challenge. I brought home my oboe, played a song and it was probably as close to love at first sight as a kid that age can get. It can be temperamental at times, but I’ve never doubted my choice.

What does music mean to you?

Music is a friend. It’s something I can love and appreciate, something I can rely on to comfort me when I’m down and something I can share when I’m feeling happy or help others feel better.

Music connects us no matter our race, religion, or nationality.

We all share music.

How many years have you been a member of the Youth Symphony ?

I started with Mrs. Davis in the Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012. This is my 6th season.

What has being a musician in the Youth Symphony done for you?

Working with YSKC has been a big part of the reason I’ve decided to pursue music performance in college. My high school program is small with limited resources and YSKC offers challenging music and interaction with peers that have the same musical interests.

We may not all end up majoring in music after high school, but while we’re here, this is a priority for all of us. We want to be here, and the music we create reflects that. I love working with Mr. Davis. I learn something new every week! I’m part of a fantastic group of musicians, and that makes me a better musician.

Share one of your most meaningful moments in the Youth Symphony?

Having the opportunity to perform on the Helzberg [Hall] stage during the Side by Side Rehearsal with the Kansas City Symphony musicians has been incredible. They take the time to share knowledge and perform with us and that’s incredibly inspiring. Those are big meaningful moments.

Many musicians in YSKC have become exceptional friends over the years. They’ve been my roommates at All-State Orchestra. We’re a team. We may only see each other on Sundays, but we’re as close as the people we see every day. It’s something that is very special to me.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I hope to be playing in a large ensemble someplace in the U.S. and doing some teaching. I’m not focused on a specific part of the country. It will be a challenging road but as long as my music is with me, I’ll work it out!