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Young man from Syria brings expertise on the flute to college in Middlebury

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Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



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BOGHOS TASLAKJIAN PRACTICES the flute with pianist Cynthia Huard in the Middlebury Congregational Church last week. Taslakjian grew up in Syria and is now a sophomore at Middlebury College. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

MIDDLEBURY — Ask Boghos Taslakjian how he came to play the flute, and he becomes momentarily flustered. “It’s confusing, even for me,” says the 19-year-old Middlebury College sophomore from Syria.

That’s because Taslakjian has been a musician since before he can remember. According to what his mother says, he began his training on the recorder at age 4, because the flute was too large for him to handle; he graduated to the flute a year later, at the ripe old age of 5.

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