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17-Year-Old Selected for National Youth Orchestra

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If you close your eyes and listen to a composition called, 'Fractured Nightblue Stars,' or maybe 'January Fragments,' you might think a famous composer spent hours and hours writing every note. 

That's half right. 

He is not famous, just yet, but Paul Novak did spend hours writing these pieces.
 
"I think I'm much slower than a lot of other composers," he said. "I have this tendency to write, and if something is not just the way I will delete it all and start over."

We first met Paul at the Pioneer Theater, where he was about to perform alongside the Reno Philharmonic. But playing music, is only half his passion. The other half is here at his Mac laptop where he writes it. .
  
"Music is such an abstract art."

In fact, this 17-year-old is so talented, he's been selected to participate in one of two apprentice composers for the National Youth Orchestra.

"There's a lot of really talented composers in this country. I was so overjoyed." 

If you're not exactly polished on National Youth Orchestra knowledge, the only thing you need to know is that it's a pretty big deal.

"It's basically the most elite youth orchestra in the United States."

As for Paul's inspiration for his compositions, 

"I'm influenced by a bunch of different arts. I write a lot of music that's influenced by poetry. Also, by the visual arts too."

You won't find Paul listening to Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, or Meghan Trainor anytime soon. The closest thing to pop music he likes is The Weeknd, and Modest Mouse. 

Paul is a senior at the Davidson Academy. He goes to New York for his National Youth Orchestra apprenticeship this summer. 

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