Steven Truong: “Violin really allows me to express myself.”

Senior Steven Truong is the concertmaster of the orchestra. THE AZTEC/DARWIN TSE
Senior Steven Truong is the concertmaster of the orchestra. THE AZTEC/DARWIN TSE

Q: What is your role in hairspray?
A: I am the concert master.

Q: What are some of you responsibilities in the musical?
A: I have to lead sectionals for the strings section, but I usually have to focus on the first violins.

Q: When did you start playing the violin and why the violin?
A: I started in 4th grade and it was the first thing on the list for the middle school music program.

Q: How is being the concert master different than being a normal violin player in the play?
A: You have a lot more responsibilities, like Dr. Bartlett expects you to be able to play things well and be an example for the other violinists.

Q: Do you feel any stress being the concert master? Why or why not?
A: Occasionally because I feel that I’m the reason why our section makes mistakes sometimes.

Q: Have you performed at any other plays? If so, how would this performance be any different from the others?
A: I’ve played in all the other ones like Flower Drum Song, Beauty and the Beast, and Peter Pan. This one is definitely more upbeat than the others.

Q: What is something that most people don’t know about orchestra’s role in the musical?
A: We spend as much time as the actors to get through it together.

Q: How is it communicating between the orchestra, the actors and the tech crew?
A: I think the communication is pretty good, though most of the interactions are between orchestra and drama. We don’t usually deal with tech too much.

Q: What ways do you have to work together with drama and orchestra?
A: Well, we have to make sure that the actors and singers are coming in when they need based on musical cues. Sometimes they have to come in based on our musical cues or sometimes they give us a cue to follow instead.

Q: Why do you enjoy playing the violin?
A: It’s really fun. Violin really allows me to express myself in playing music.

Q: Is there anything you would like to say to the people coming to the show?
A: No.

Kenneth Liu
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