Fifteen years ago, Letitia Jap, now a senior music performance major, watched her cousin play the violin during a performance. That night at dinner, Letitia tried to imitate him by using a pair of chopsticks, and shortly after, she began private violin lessons.
Now on the cusp of graduation, miles away from her hometown of Seattle, Letitia hopes to work toward a doctorate, become a violin professor, and inspire her students in the same way she has been inspired.
“Because I have been so blessed with a talent for violin, I have made it my dream to teach orphans and children living in poverty,” she said.
Letitia’s passion for music and her philanthropic heart make it easy for her to see the benefit of the arts in society.
“I believe the arts are important for the receivers and the givers of it. It is important for the receivers because music, for example, can touch people’s hearts in ways words are not able to,” Letitia said. “It is satisfying to know that one can use their artful talent to touch people, whether it be drawing a beautiful painting that can put people at ease by just looking at it, or by playing an instrument to them so they can just bask in the sound of music.”
She also knows that support from the Doty Society, allows her to be a proud, determined Longhorn.
“I feel so incredibly blessed to attend UT,” Letitia said. “I am so happy here and am very proud to be a Longhorn. I promise to keep working hard, so I can make a difference in others lives as well!”