The first thing Micaela Robinson could read wasn’t English — it was music.
With a violin in her hand from the age of 3, Robinson found a love for music, so much so that she doesn’t remember her life void of it.
“I’ve never been without it. I don’t know where I would be with out it,” The Idaho Arts Charter School senior said. “I started on a box violin … when I turned 4, my mom got me a very tiny violin.”
The first song she learned was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and since then has notched “superior” ratings — the highest — for 10 consecutive years in solo and ensemble competitions
What is additionally unique, is that Robinson grew up in McCall, where her parents still live. She attended McCall-Donnelly High School her freshman and sophomore years, but because the school did not have an orchestra, she decided to attend Idaho Arts.
Robinson lived with a family friend and violin teacher her junior year and now lives with Angie Hurn, a teacher at Idaho Arts. Robinson spends the weekends in McCall with her family.
Living with a teacher at her school, she said, is “actually really fun. I really enjoy it.”
Robinson played softball her freshman and sophomore years, was in the chamber orchestra her junior year and is currently in the electric rock orchestra at Idaho Arts.
She said the group plays more modern music, sometimes with the addition of drums or electric guitar.
“It’s a modernized version of orchestra music,” she said.
Robinson is a member of National Honor Society and boasts a 3.65 cumulative GPA. She teaches 12 violin students after school and is in the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, was in the Idaho All-state Orchestra and Treasure Valley Honor Choir.
She said she has two auditions in February to the University of Idaho and Boise State University music programs. Whichever offers a greater scholarship is where she will likely attend, she said.
Robinson plans to study either music therapy or music education in college. Music therapy helps patients work through emotions, often in pediatrics or with cancer patients.
“A lot of music therapists work at hospitals,” Robinson said. “They bring music into their lives to handle emotions. It’s a different form of therapy.”
In addition, Robinson is No. 11 in her graduating class and spends time helping with musical and theater productions at Idaho Arts.
What is your favorite high school memory so far?
“Last year, our chamber orchestra traveled to Seattle and played in the Heritage Festival and received a silver rating. That was amazing. I got to perform a solo, with two others. The song Winter by Vivaldi. It was really amazing.”
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve face?
“Probably living away from my parents. I’ve had to grow up really fast.”
If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
“To be successful, just to be happy and I wouldn’t mind playing in a big famous orchestra. That would be cool.”
If you could give a piece of advice to someone your age, what would it be?
“Life keeps going. You might as well make it good.”