Julianne Agudo, former student

“Thank you all for coming today! For those of you who don’t know me, my name’s Julianne Agudo and I’ve been with Dr. Barrett for more than 13 years. I know what you’re thinking, that’s a very long time! I’m very thankful for Dr. Barrett because she has taught me so many things including playing the violin, but also personal traits such as patience. I’m a senior at Paul VI Catholic High School and it’s coming to the time where I have to close a chapter and start another one. I treat all you as my family, and I would invite all of you to my graduation at the Patriot Center at George Mason University on June 1st, but sadly, the summer recital is the same day as my graduation. This means, that after playing the e string song over 100 times, and playing at countless recitals over the years, that this is my last recital here today. Even though this is my last recital here, it doesn’t mean I’ll stop playing the violin. Yes, I do intend to keep playing in college. I feel like it’s something I can’t give up for good just yet. As for where I’m going to college, that’s a very good question because I don’t even know myself. I did make plans, but as of right now my plan isn’t really going the way I’d like it too. But I know I’ll work something out and I appreciate all the support from Dr. Barrett and also my family. Thank you all for being a part of my life, especially Abi who has been my partner in crime the past few years. I’d also like to thank the members of the Loudoun Symphony for always coming back and playing with us and also the Suzuki families who have seen me grow up over the years. And last, I’d like to thank Dr. Barrett for being the best teacher ever and for helping me through family issues, and also through my musical journey. I wish you all the best, and if you would like to add me on Facebook, follow me on twitter and Instagram, or even send me an email, that’s fine with me -thank you!”