Tu and His Mom
We wanted to update you on the journey of Tu, the young man in our program that recently left home to pursue additional violin training in Ho Chi Minh City. Leaving home and saying goodbye to his mom was difficult, but he was pursuing his dreams and that was something his mother has always stood behind.
Tu’s mother has been incredibly supportive of Tu and his musical endeavours from his very first day of class. She seems to have the same passion watching him play as he does playing. It is a very special bond.
“Tu is a very good son,” she said.
Tu has a uniquely kind energy, with a cheerful face who is always willing to be a help. His mom told us that he helps her around the house and also helps her at her job cleaning the school where she works as a janitor.
“He never feels ashamed to do that,” she said. “I love him very much.”
Tu’s diligence in his training has resulted in enormous progress. Last month he was asked to play at the Ho Chi Minh City Art Museum for the Lotus Art Project annual fundraising gallery night. A night of art and music benefiting non-profits doing work in the arts. A number of our visual art students’ work was also featured that and a few were sold. A portion of the proceeds from art sales that night, will be used to buy a piano for our music program.
When Tu’s mom heard that Tu was going to perform for the first time at such a big event she knew she had to be there to watch him in person. With the small group of artists and teachers and family making the trip to the city, Tu’s mom was front row for his debut performance.
“I was feeling so proud,” she said. “I was nervous for him because there were a lot of people there.”
Just being in the city at an event like that was something totally new for Tu. Before he went on, Tu said it wasn’t just the piece he was about to play that was making him nervous.
“I had never been at such a big event,” he said. “Let alone performing!”
It was one of many great nights for Tu and his mom on the journey Tu is on. He was given the opportunity and support to explore his creative passions and Tu is creating joy for other people now through the sounds of his strings.
“I think I have been lucky to be able to learn to play the violin,” Tu said. “This is my first instrument ever, however, I realize that I have a passion for it.”
Thinking back, Tu said he didn’t know what people thought of his performance, he just knew he was trying to play the best he could. There was one person there that did matter though.
“I loved it that my mom was there to see me perform.”
Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our wonderful and hard working students like Tu.