Octavia Barbulescu is a flute student of Laura Phillips. She is in the 9th grade at Linn Mar High School in Marion and has studied with Laura for only 15 months! Laura nominated Octavia for Musician of the Month because she is highly motivated and works hard, which results in progress from basics to fully advanced flute technique. She earns outstanding ratings at competitions and challenges herself to play the hardest parts well in ensembles.
Octavia's musical goal is to get into All State and the top band in her school. Her advice to other musicians is to love the instrument and music you play- and remember to practice and work hard. She loves getting attached to the music. It makes the music feel personal.
Octavia plays piano as well and plays flute at West Music’s annual Celtic Camp. Her hobbies include writing, reading and playing video games. Her favorite musicians are Mozart, Troge Sivan, Of Monsters and Men and Melanie Martinez.