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from page 6 Second Movement As a performer, it will not be memorable and successful without the help of these wonderful people whom I’ve worked with. All of them have motivated and encouraged me to get going to be a very good performer and a responsible person, musically and in general. Especially, they are new to me in whom I’ve collaborated with two pianists and a singer. “I’m so glad we met. Although you can take the stage with a very short rehearsal during the festival has been very successful. Both of you are very talented and beautiful. You’ve been a great partner for Beril. I can see that you love Beril. Still watching your video I took at the festival. I hope you will find the opportunity to take the stage together again. I wish we could make new music together in Turkey.” Yeşim Zorlu, Mother of 2016 INAP Award Third Place Recipient and 2016 ANCA World Ambassador Beril Zorlu. With Ms. Leonora’s guidance and help, she appointed a fellow delegate from Turkey, Beril Zorlu, to accompany me for both opening and awards nights as the original plan. However, her mom and her music teacher, pianistvocalist Dr. Orçun Berrakçay, gave me a short notice that she would accompany me for the inaugural trade show, which she did by researching her favorite songs from my YouTube covers and from both her teacher and her favorites as well. Especially, we performed “Hotel California” in the opening, which wrapped up the Region 1–The Americas nominees presentation. Much to their appreciation in which the audience could easily relate while doing my incharacter type of singing while reading the lyrics as if I’m reading a story. Working with Beril, I’ve learned that adjustment, understanding and patience are the best things to do in order to succeed in such relationships as not only workers and collaborators, but also friends and siblings in life. In return, they can give you more help and support as much as they could do. I came to the realization that one day, Beril and I will continue to collaborate again on the world stage with an expansion of many listeners and audiences for greater appreciation. On the other hand, after a long day of such prayer and thinking, my prayer was finally answered. Someone filled in Beril’s shoes for both main serious works of Johann Strauss’ “Spring in My Heart” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Hear Ye, Israel” from the oratorio “Elijah.” These were performed for both the opening and awards nights, respectively. This time, it was pianist Katarina Simic, who is not Autistic but supports the Autism festival with such majestic passion in spite of her busy schedule as a student. Working with Katarina is such a happy blessing for me as I relate it to my experience as a music student back in a day after a long communication via email. As days went by, our preparations went smoothly from the flow of the performance and the interaction between both vocalist and pianists. This was despite such a short time given to rehearse personally at the University of British Columbia, with a short tour the night before the day of preparations for the Autism festival. I hope to continue collaborating with her by having an international solo concert singing more serious classical works and musicals like those two songs mentioned in front of the Autism community as I promote music appreciation to the community. I’ve learned that communication and relating with one another are factors for successful collaboration. Let’s see what Katarina has to say about her volunteerism and experience as one of the performers for the Autism Fest and the ANCA Community: “Volunteering at ANCA as a performer was a special experience. The festival is highly organized and very professional, providing many individuals with the opportunity to display their talents internationally. The atmosphere created by all attendees and organizers was very warm; I was touched by the immense appreciation expressed by the festival coordinator and the singer I collaborated with for taking part in the festival. ANCA World Autism Festival is already very mature after its seventh anniversary and I am certain it will continue to grow for many more years in supporting an important cause. Collaborating with Vell was a joy, despite the difficulty in finding times to rehearse in a short time span with our contrasting schedules. We both learned from each other through the process and managed to pull through in the end. I am very grateful to have been able to have met Vell, to have made music with her and to have supported her at the festival. She is a very talented singer who consistently amazes her listeners.” Katarina Simic, Pianist, Student at the University of British Columbia taking up Bachelor in Music–Major in Piano and Minor in Commerce. Last but not the least is the collaboration with my fellow vocalist extraordinaire, the ANCA veteran Joshua Cochrane, a child wonder whose vocals communicate with grace and charm for the listeners. Collaborating with him for ANCA’s host country’s National Anthem “O Canada” for both the opening ceremony and on the awards night is a major honor and responsibility by not only singing it with pride and dignity, but with sincerity. I managed to blend in with his vocal methods without sticking out and also started to memorize the last three lines of the National Anthem in a short time of such rehearsals. As a result, we were proudly able to blend well with much conviction. This is also another short time rehearsal following the pianist’s rehearsals. I realize that I would really like to collaborate with Joshua in the future duets. Amid all of this, we also took time for both of us to have some fun by taking photos and selfies using my younger sister’s high quality camera. Joshua enjoyed it when taking photos for ANCA’s most important events while I’m on duty on stage and for photo ops and sometimes for fun shots. We also came up with the team name: “Peanut Butter Team.” What a harmonic team, isn’t it? Third Movement I made my international debut as a workshop presenter, which was my major transition as part of my commitment as an Autism advocate. Upon meeting the veteran activist and motivation speaker from the United Kingdom, Joely Colmer, who was also an INAP award recipient for Community Achievement, both of us were much blessed after being appointed to do a bilateral workshop together. This was the first in ANCA’s history to have two different countries work together on one theme: “Advocacy as Autistic Women.” to page 11 www.naturallyautistic.com | 9

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