We believe part of what makes our members different is who they are as people, so each week we'll be highlighting three members of CYO to help you get to know us better! Today we invite you to meet Joss Ting from our French horn section!


Why CYO?

My sister was in CYO, so I went to all the concerts. She played violin. I do, too, actually. I really wanted to do CYO because that’s where the really cool, contemporary pop music is played. My horn teacher was like, well, why don’t you try out on horn? So I prepared for a couple of days and then I tried out. And I made it! It's super rad. I knew Liza and she's fantastic.

You said that you play violin and horn. How long have you been playing both?

I’ve been playing violin since I was five, so eleven years for violin and five for horn.

What made you pick up the horn?

Our school when you’re going into fifth grade makes you do an instrument so I was like, well, I’ve been doing violin for a while, so that’d be boring. I went to the thing where you try out all the instruments and the only one I could play was horn, so I went with that.

What do you think is one of the coolest things about the French horn that people don’t know?

I don’t know. People just think that we play wrong notes all the time. The brassy, stopped horn sound is great if you can do it right and in CYO you do it a lot, so that’s kind of my favorite thing.

I really like opening my horn and being able to take everything out and being like, I know how this works and I can oil it and make it better. I don’t know. It’s very satisfying. People find the spit disgusting, but I kind of like it. It’s like, you don’t know where it is, and you hear the gurgling and then when you find it and it pours out, it’s like a treasure trove.

Outside of CYO or school music, what are you listening to?

Twenty One Pilots, my boyfriend’s been getting me into mellow music, so it’s all kind of like, obscure and soft, so Mountain Goats and Jon Bellion. Poetry, I listen to that a lot, too. Andrea Gibson is amazing!

Have you seen Andrea Gibson live?

Noooo. I wanted to. She came, but my mommy wouldn’t let me go because it was three hours away.

Do you have a favorite quote that guides you?

I go through phases of liking different quotes. One of them is like, “It’s not radical to hate America; it is radical to live in such a way that the people around you live and love more deeply.” So, that was when I was going through my angsty teenager phase. And I was like, it’s not cool to be angsty! Be loving instead!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I kind of want to be an engineer, so I’ve been trying to make stuff. You always read about the geniuses making stuff in their garages or something. I’ve been trying to do that. I made an engineering club and that’s really cool.

What’s the coolest thing that you’ve made so far?

We haven’t made anything yet, but we’re going to make a hoverboard! I also used to write poetry, but I haven’t been writing as much. Which is really sad.

Who’s your favorite author?

I really like Brandon Sanderson and then Tamora Pierce is like my all-time, all of my life favorite author, but right now it’s Sanderson and Rothfuss. They’re fantasy writers. That’s my genre.

What are your favorite subjects in school?

I like all my subjects. I am such a nerd. I really like school. Literally every subject I’m happy in right now. APush in my hardest, but it’s also really interesting.

Do you participate in fandoms?

I don’t fandom that hard. I do like book fandoms. Sherlock, I’m like yes, I’m in that. Or like, Harry Potter. All my friends are Whovians, and I’m not because I don’t have time to watch TV.

Which character from Harry Potter do you like the best or relate to the most?

Well, I’m a Slytherin. I don’t really relate to Draco, but I like him. Maybe Sirius Black, too.

Joss has put together her top 10 playlist here: