By ERICA SHARP
After finishing runner-up at her previous audition, Kaylet Torrez, the newest member of Pacific Symphony, knew she had to win the next one. It had become her dream ever since her move to Los Angeles. With renewed focused on her practice regime, she was able to get through six intense rounds of challenging orchestral excerpts and she was hired in November as the Symphony’s Assistant Principal French horn.
She realized that now with Pacific Symphony she can continue developing her skills as a musician, something she had always had the passion for while starting off as a young musician. “I want to get better at the horn, I want to be the best that I can for the orchestra. I want to do my best, that’s my main goal,” she said on a recent weekday afternoon, sitting in a coffee shop in her Los Angeles school.
While growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, Torrez began her music career in the acclaimed music education program, El Sistema (“The System”). Coming from a musical family with a sister who also played the French horn, she said music has always been the center of her life. She even remembers reading musical notation before anything else.
“I started music when I was 3,” she said. “I used to read music actually before I read normal letters.”