Over the past month, Olive Wallace, a fifth-grade student from Avon Grove Intermediate School, has received significant media attention for her original musical composition that went viral on TikTok.
Wallace, who is a musically talented child, plays the violin, and the clarinet, and sings in the school choir. She writes music in her free time and recently wrote a musical composition for a virtual world that she created.
Mimi Wallace, Olive’s mother and a teacher at AGIS, wanted to know if her daughter’s composition could be played. Her mother turned to TikTok to see if a musician would be willing to perform the musical composition and the response that she received was overwhelming.
Musicians from all over the world shared recordings of themselves playing variations of Wallace’s song on social media. She was able to hear her music played on the guitar, the piano, and the harp, as well as performed by string orchestras comprised of music instructors and middle school students.
As Wallace became a social media sensation, local news outlets wanted to share her story. In recent weeks, her story has been featured on Today.com, The Washington Post, The New York Post, and other news outlets. On March 8, an NBC News crew traveled to AGIS to record footage of Olive practicing with her fellow orchestra members for a news story that was broadcasted on March 12.
AGIS orchestra teacher Emily Lucas described Wallace as “always creative and imaginative.” She shared that other students at AGIS think the media attention is awesome and some have even asked Wallace for her autograph. However, Lucas doesn’t think anyone was necessarily surprised by the response, simply because of how creative Wallace is every day.
“If this type of thing was going to happen to anybody in the school it would be Olive, and Olive’s mom would be the person to make it happen,” said Lucas.