Besides piano, Shana started violin lessons with Dr. Sarah Plum at Drake University when she was 8 years old. She plays in the Des Moines Youth Symphony and was a 2013 member of Iowa All State Music Festival.
Shana and her older sister, Nina, volunteer at St. Johns Lutheran Church Chamber Orchestra in downtown Des Moines and at neighborhood retirement centers. Shana volunteers at the Des Moines Symphony Academy, Heartland Youth Choir and The Des Moines Art Festival. Shana's other interests include rock climbing, biking, reading, movies, art, traveling, and just hanging out with her school and neighborhood friends.
The second soloist performer for the April 13th "Young Performers Concert" will be violinist Nina Liu, performing two movements (Winter and Spring) from the famous "Seasons" Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi. This will be Nina's first appearance as a soloist with The Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra. She was scheduled to perform with the Oskaloosa orchestra in the Fall of 2013 for a concert that was cancelled.
"We are especially pleased to have both Nina and her younger sister Shana perform on this same concert," stated Executive Director, Bob Auld.
Nina Liu, age 19, is a sophomore student at Drake University pursuing degrees in Finance and Music. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Rose Lorenz Schwartz fine arts scholarship from the Des Moines Women's Club. She has been a string scholar for the last six years at St John's Lutheran Church in downtown Des Moines. She has been a substitute violinist with the Des Moines Symphony for three years. Nina graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2012, where she was a valedictorian and a member of the National Honor Society. She has played the violin for 13 years and has led as the concert mistress of the Drake University Orchestra, the Roosevelt High School Orchestra and the Des Moines Youth Symphony. In 2011, Nina won the Des Moines Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition where she performed as a soloist with the Des Moines Symphony in the Civic Center. During high school, she was a four-year Iowa All-State Orchestra musician.