Miami Dade College Music Student, 13, Stands Out among Peers
Bobby Lee Bush, Jr performs with the South Florida Youth Symphony
Miami, June 2, 2014 -
Bobby Lee Bush Jr. first stroked the strings of a guitar when he was nine years old. That discovery – only four years ago – was the beginning of a passion to pursue music. Today, at 13, Bush is making beautiful music alongside people twice his age at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned School of Continuing Education and Professional Development. Recently, he featured as a soloist with the distinguished South Florida Youth Symphony, conducted by Marjorie Hahn, performing Antonio Vivaldi’s guitar concerto in D – a work for solo guitar and orchestra, usually played by professionals. Bobby was selected to perform the baroque masterpiece after a make-or-break audition before the orchestra's directors.
Bobby, who’s proficient in the clarinet as well, also composes and is teaching himself to play the violin, piano, and cello. Although his parents aren’t musically inclined, his seven siblings play instruments ranging from the piano to the flute, trumpet and others. His favorite piece to interpret is the second movement of Concierto de Aranjuez because of its passionate musical expression.
His professor, Juan Carlos Vera, who has taught classical guitar at MDC for twenty years, describes his performance as “musically expressive and technically precise” and his accomplishments as “extraordinary…a further confirmation of the belief that young people can achieve well beyond their years.”
Bobby may just be in the early stages of a musical career, but this budding artist – who hopes to become a world renowned performer, composer, conductor, and music professor – will play for the Phil Collins’ opening act when he performs in Miami Beach this December. The internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter awarded Bobby the Little Dream Foundation’s scholarship, an organization he founded with his wife, to further develop the talents of young artists like Bobby. Bobby joined a select group of 15 music performers nationwide whose talents were recognized by the foundation. The scholarship bestows generous financial support.
Among his other accomplishments, he's received a second invitation to play Vivaldi's guitar concerto with another distinguished local organization, the Miami Music Project Orchestra. And to top things off, Bobby was selected as a finalist for submitting his first-ever guitar composition to a county-wide contest, hosted by the Children’s Trust Fund.
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