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Danna Xue

Stanford University Orchestra


Danna is a Givebutter Changemaker - an elite group of young movers and shakers around the world that inspire those around them to give back through the incredible work that they do for others. Learn more about Changemakers.


My name is Danna Xue, and I'm proud to be a Butter Ambassador! I'm a freshman at Stanford and passionate about music, healthcare, tech, and social good. Aside from reading and practicing cello, I enjoy cooking, traveling, composing, and vlogging. Although my future is still fuzzy in terms of what exactly I'll be doing, my goal is to empower people to spend more time bringing good to society.


What does giving mean to you?

Making sacrifices; willingly putting time, effort, and resources into a cause that means a lot to you.

Who in your life most inspires you and why?

Yo Yo Ma, because he embodies original and meaningful artistry! His musical interpretations and style speaks to me so much about identifying.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

View life as an experience of depth, and not a polarized pursuit of either success or failure.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Performing my solo piece on Classical KUSC's Sunday Nights Live!

Tell us more about your experience as a performer.

One of my most memorable experiences was organizing and performing charity concerts with my trio in Hong Kong, China, and even in New York's Carnegie Hall! Through the process, we not only won international awards but learned so much about musicality, each city's culture, friendship, and teamwork. Overall, we were not paid for any of our efforts; rather, we were driven by a desire to explore, to motivate young musicians, and to use our skills to bring good to the world. Our group dynamics helped us create effective rehearsal strategies, while still allowing each other space for individual style and musicality. Working with the trio has taught me so much not only about music, but life in general!

Describe yourself in five words.

Creative, Spunky, Musical, Clumsy, Dedicated.

What does the Givebutter movement mean to you?

Without giving, our world will crash. Understanding that giving takes place on a daily basis, and understanding the power giving has to lift our society- can be a huge step forward for our generation. Anyone can make a difference!