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Tempe 17-year-old selected for National Youth Orchestra

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

What are your summer plans? For a high school student in Tempe, she'll be performing in concerts across the globe.

And that may be just the beginning.

Don't let the Converse high-tops fool you. Jennifer Chiang may look like any other high schooler. until you hear the beautiful music that pours from her soul.

The 17-year-old senior at Tempe's Corona Del Sol High School always wanted to play the flute. But she only started playing six years ago.

"For a couple of years I begged my parents and they finally let me start in 6th grade," she says.

Her gift landed her a spot in the first ever National Youth Orchestra, run out of famed Carnegie hall in New York City.

She has quite a summer planned.

"We have our first performance at the Kennedy Center and then we travel to St. Petersburg or Moscow and our last destination is London," says Jennifer. "When you see your audience smile it's like, why you play."

Jennifer just auditioned for the Juilliard School of Music. She's always put academics first.

"I'd be a doctor during the day and a musician at night."

Her philosophy for success is actually pretty simple.

"I'm going to work my hardest now, so whether or not I succeed or fail I can look back and say I couldn't have tried harder."

Jennifer credits Corona Del Sol's excellent music program and its director Alex Dudley for much of her success.

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