7-year-old debuts with Susanville Symphony next week

When the Susanville Symphony performs its A Magical Christmas program at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Untied Methodist Church, 60 S. Lassen St., 7-year-old Juliette Leong will make her debut with the local orchestra.

Juliette Leong.

The list of her accomplishments posted on her webpage reads more like one of a consummate professional than that of a 7-year-old.

She calls herself, “a 7-year-old philanthropist, painter, illustrator, author, violinist, singer and teacher. I am an aspiring doctor, inventor and composer.”

She’s won musical and math competitions, performed at Carnegie Hall, appeared on television shows and stories written about her have appeared in newspapers and magazines.

Leong and her friends from the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Reno Chamber Orchestra have been spreading holiday joy by playing more than 20 holiday gigs of carols around town raising money to save lives of blood cancer patients.

She is a prodigious painter with a compassionate heart, having donated more than $120,000 from her painting sales to support cancer patients.

Her commitment to the arts is seen in her role as a painting instructor where she imparts her knowledge to both children and adults. Her artistic abilities are recognized as she serves as an illustrator for Young Mensan Magazine.

Leong’s incredible journey has been featured on prominent news outlets such as ABC News, NBC News, FOX News, and The Rachael Ray Show, starting as early as the age of 4. Her work graces the covers of Young Mensan Magazine and Humpty Dumpty Magazine. Leong has been taking commissioned works since the age of 6.