‘‘It's important to remember that your identity is a
living thing. It's OK to let it change. You don't have to be
stuck with it forever - it's good to try new things and let
your identity grow.''
This philosophy pushes Otago Boys High School pupil Juno Pyun
(17) to grab every opportunity with both hands - particularly
when it comes to music.
He already plays clarinet with the Southern Sinfonia, he is
co-lead violinist with the New Zealand Secondary Schools
Symphony Orchestra and the Dunedin Youth Orchestra, he plays
both violin and clarinet in the Cantores Choir Orchestra, and
clarinet and saxophone with the Dunedin and Taieri Operatic
And to top it off, he plans to learn piano as well.
‘‘I'm a musical jack of all trades. If I'm familiar with
broader spectrums of music, it means that I can get more
enjoyment out of music as a whole.''
Juno has a long list of successes in music competitions,
including winning several classes in the Dunedin Performing
Arts Society Competitions in 2008 and winning the Otago
Regional Chamber Music Competition with Trio Martinu this
Juno emigrated to New Zealand from Korea in 2002.
For many people, leaving old friends, learning English and
settling into life in a foreign country is a major challenge.
But not for Juno.
‘‘Every day is a challenge. You have goals, and realising
them doesn't happen overnight. You have to keep motivating
yourself, keep working hard and not be distracted or lazy.
Those are the challenges I face every day.''
Juno sets himself high goals, especially in the classroom.
He has achieved NCEA levels 1 and 2 with excellence
endorsements and hopes to study health sciences and music at
the University of Otago next year.
Achievements: NCEA levels 1 and 2 endorsed with
excellence; Otago Regional Chamber Music Competition winner
(2009), highly commended (2007 and 2008); New Zealand
Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra coleader (2008-09); OBHS
choir, orchestra, symphonic band and jazz band member
Role model: ‘‘My mum. I really respect her because she
works really hard in her restaurant, but she always has lots
of time and love for us.''
Hopes for the future: To study health sciences and
music at the University of Otago.