Philip Duchild

Philip Duchild

Viola

Lindbergh High School

This is Philip Duchild’s second year in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. Philip has been playing the viola since fourth grade, and is currently a sophomore at Lindbergh High School. He initially decided to audition for the orchestra after his private teacher asked him if he wanted to submit an audition application. Although this occurred only two days before the application deadline (and his fourteenth birthday), Philip decided to try out. After participating in the orchestra for one year, he decided that he really enjoyed it, and auditioned for a second time. Thanks to the support of his awesome private teacher, Laura Reycraft, family, and his high school orchestra director, he passed the final audition once more and somehow managed to maintain a social life as well. His favorite memory from last year’s Youth Orchestra season included practicing Pictures at an Exhibition when he should have been studying for finals. While he isn’t working on anything that has to do with music, Philip may be found dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt (despite the actual weather) while trying to visualize himself driving a car without crashing. Philip’s many important hobbies include: drawing pictures of goats, drinking tea, reading books (likely The Lord of the Rings), and eating Nutella.