07. May 2014 · Comments Off on Congratulations to Annie and Isabelle! · Categories: Read Online

Flutist Annie Wu, an 18-year-old senior at Foothills High School in Pleasanton, was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. She is one of six Presidential Scholars from California in both academics and the arts.

The other two Californians selected for arts scholarship are Gabriela F. Campo of Glendale and Angela T. Francis of Los Angeles.

Wu’s teacher, Opera San Jose principal flutist Isabelle Chapuis, was cited by the White House Commission as Annie’s “most influential teacher.” Chapuis says “I first auditioned Annie when she was 12. Within a few minutes, I knew she was that one-in-a-million talent that every teacher dreams will one day appear on her doorstep.”

Just last week, Wu was admitted to a five-year dual degree program at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. At completion of the program, she will receive a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a Masters in Music degree from the Conservatory, where she will study with virtuoso flutist Paula Robison.

I’ve met Annie, and I’ve heard her on YouTube. She’s quite the wonderful musician, and of course her flute teacher is a dear, dear friend!


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