The young North Country pianist shares her keys to success

TOWN OF ANTWERP, New York (WWNY) – A soothing, natural-paced melody, and the pianist: Victoria Huffman, 16.

“It gives me this feeling in my chest that makes me feel like I’m floating,” Huffman said.

Huffman won this year’s Upstate New York Orchestra Young Artists Competition, giving him the chance to perform with the orchestra, including a solo, at next weekend’s spring concert.

But Victoria says her musical growth has not been easy as she comes from a military family.

Her father is a retired army lieutenant colonel, which meant a lot of traveling growing up.

“At one point we moved about five different times and we didn’t give up. New place, new friends, new home and new community, but still, you know, keep going,” said Lydia Huffman, Victoria’s mother.

Lydia Huffman says Victoria’s innate passion for music kept her motivated. But another strong force that keeps her alive is her parents.

“You know I’ve been doing it for so long. I certainly went through ups and downs. But they were always there to support me,” Victoria said.

Victoria’s parents say they are amazed at their daughter’s growth. And they know this is just the beginning.

“How she did it was just persistence. And dedication. And don’t let go little by little. Gradual improvements every day. And very quickly I hear him playing. Wow, she’s getting really good,” said Wylie Huffman, Victoria’s dad.

Victoria will perform with the orchestra in Syracuse and Watertown at First Presbyterian Church next weekend.

Her father says watching the orchestra has been a family tradition for years. But this next concert will be different. They will be sitting in the audience as proud parents.

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