Grace Moore isn’t your average 12-year-old. She’s making history as one of the youngest composers for the New York Philharmonic.

According to Pix11, Moore is a seventh-grade student at Poly Prep in Dyker Heights, a small neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York. She began playing the piano at age two and immediately fell in love.

Moore is a member of the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, an after-school program that exposes students — as young as 8-years-old — to the orchestra, per Because of Them We Can (BOTWC).

Since joining the program, Moore has had the chance to create a piece of music that debuted this past October. Not only was her talent on display for the entire world to see, but she made history in the process as one of their youngest composers ever.

“Every child has the ability to be creative and tell their story,” says Gary Padmore, director of the Very Young Composers program.

He expresses that the program was created to give young children from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to hone in on their natural abilities.

For Moore, this achievement is about more than herself. She hopes that this inspires other young Black girls to create as well.

“I hope everyone follows their hobbies and do what they love,” said Moore.


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