A fine arts scholarship does not come easily. It takes daily practice and hard work. Luckily, junior Elena Lim knows a little about these hard-work habits.
Lim came to Heritage in ninth grade on a fine arts scholarship for violin. She took part in the Florida all-state concert and, in March of last year, played in the Florida International University (FIU) symphony orchestra. FIU chose Lim for the symphony orchestra after she passed a live audition. To qualify for the live audition, Lim sent in a video recording displaying her violin skills. After just two rehearsals, she performed with the group.
As a requirement for her fine arts scholarship, Lim performs in the pit for musicals. So far, she has played violin for the musicals “On the Town” and “Chicago.”
Lim moved to Florida from Chicago when she was six years old. While living in Chicago, she went to see an orchestra perform. From there, she realized she had a passion for violin and began taking private lessons.
“When I was younger, I didn’t really know practicing was a thing,” Lim said. “But now, I try to practice three hours a day.”
Lim now takes private violin lessons once a week along with playing in school and practicing by herself. From musicals to symphonies, Lim makes the most of her violin skills.