The great Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach once said “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” I believe that as one of the greatest names in the history of Western music， Bach nailed this one right on the head. We live for God's glorification， and music is such an amazing way to give the glory to God.
A little about myself： My name is Johnathan Hsu， and I am the director of the Gospel Chinese Christian Church Youth Orchestra. I took on the director role of the GCCC Youth Orchestra in November of 2009， and what a great experience it has been！ The orchestra existed long before I came along， and as a freshman studying music education at San Jose State University， I was very excited for the opportunity to take on a leadership role of conductor. This was a great opportunity to not only apply the skills and knowledge I had been learning in school in a very practical way， but also to glorify God above all and bless His church. This year I am in the third year of my undergraduate studies at SJSU. I am beginning to take some advanced music education courses such as beginning conducting. I am also the newly appointed Drum Major （conductor） of the great SJSU Spartan Marching Band. My experiences working with the GCCC orchestra has been extremely invaluable to my role in the Spartan Marching Band， and it has left me feeling quite prepared going into my first conducting course at school. Back in high school， I had decided to go into the field of music education， particularly in conducting， and I thank God for placing this great opportunity right in the beginning of my undergraduate career.
The youth orchestra has been quite a blessing to work with. To date （this article is being written at the end of August 2011） the group has performed 13 works under my baton （12 of them being ones arranged from my pen）. Pieces include hymns such as “Amazing Grace”， “Come Thou Fount”， etc.， as well as popular Christian songs such as “Shout to the Lord”， “As the Deer”， etc. The musicians are quite pleasant to work with， and with the wide range of ages （from Kindergarten through university students）， I must say I am quite impressed with the amount of talent in the group （it certainly makes my job easier！）.
Looking toward the future， I certainly believe God hasn't placed great talent in our group for nothing. We have enormous potential for musical growth； the students show themselves to hold good promise. I certainly hope that the group will continue to grow in size along with talent and skill. My encouragement to the graduating high school seniors is to never let go of your instrument after high school. Let GCCC be a place where you can come back and have fun playing your instrument.
As Gospel Chinese Christian Church goes into its next twenty-five years， we can be excited for what God is going to do with the entire church， but especially what He has in store for the orchestra. We live by faith that great things are going to happen！