Spotsylvania teen to play Carnegie Hall
While many 16-year-olds are attending high school athletic events and struggling with algebra, Darling–Geneve Dubberly is preparing to play a violin solo at Carnegie Hall.
Geneve, daughter of Clay and Delia Dubberly of Spotsylvania County, will play the famed New York City venue on June 8.
Prior to that, she will play with the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra in their spring concert at the Music Center at Strathmore on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m
Initially, Geneve was unsure if she was ready to play Carnegie Hall by herself.
“I thought I’d play there when I was maybe 30 or older, I never thought it would be so soon,” she said.
Geneve’s teacher, Olga Khroulevitch, previously doubted her preparedness as well. However, Geneve proved her wrong.
“I had been playing abroad in Spain with the Shenandoah Conservatory for a week, and the day after I got back I had to play while still jet-lagged,” she recalled.
Geneve went on to win several first-place awards in competitions that week.
“That’s when she said, ‘OK, OK, let’s film an audition,’” she said of her teacher.
On an average week, the teen spends anywhere from four to seven hours per day practicing her craft. When she first began playing at age 5, her mother initially was her teacher. “Music runs in my family for sure, and my mom taught both my brother and I to play piano when we were little,” she said.
Geneve’s brother, Clay, 18, is also a classical musician, and will be attending the Shenandoah Conservatory this fall with a full scholarship to study classical piano.
“It’s definitely a family affair,” Geneve said.
In addition to her upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall, Geneve has performed all over, participating in the Waterford Concert Series in Loudoun County, and playing at the Luxembourg Embassy in Washington.
“Playing and performing is one of the best feelings in the world,” Geneve said. “I love being able to share my passion and emotions through music.”
From a young age, Geneve discovered that music offers her a vehicle in which she can express her emotions.
“Everyone can relate to music, and there are so many life experience that you can share with music,” she said. “It is definitely my comfort.”
This fall, Geneve will be leaving the country to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris music conservatory in Paris.
Having graduated high school at the age of 13 and currently attending Northern Virginia Community College, Geneve will be pursuing an undergraduate and master’s degree in music performance and information technologies while there.
“When I was playing abroad in Spain, I met an opera singer, and he told me about the amazing music conservatories in France,” she said.
Returning to the states, Geneve applied to a French conservatory, not thinking that she would get in.
“They’re incredibly competitive and very strict, and I wasn’t sure I would make it,” she said. “But I guess I’m pretty OK with the challenge. I enjoy it.”
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