In July, I visited Kuala Lumpur for Child Aid Asia Malaysia, as a visiting mentor of Orchestra of the Filipino Youth. OFY was to perform along with Malaysian musicians at Child Aid Asia concerts, and I to coach them and play with them.
It had been three years since I saw OFY members. Some of them had grown a foot and also as an orchestra, they had improved a lot! I did one sectional with violinists and violists, and they were so quick to absorb what I teach and within just less than an hour, they sounded like a more mature group.
The orchestra members became good friends. During breaks they exchanged phrases in their languages. While playing music it's easier to make bonds with each other, but they also had cultural exchanges.
They don't hesitate to show their passion for music, and they purely love and enjoy playing instruments. That reminded me the most important part of being a musician.