Category: Alumni News

Lucy Gelber serves as Principal Violist of the Eastman Philharmic

Lucy Gelber (2015, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19) is serving as principal violist of the Eastman Philharmonic at Eastman School of Music and performed the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the orchestra. She is a founding member of the Andromeda Quartet, established at Eastman in 2020. Lucy currently studies with Masumi Rostad and hopes to pursue a career…
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Liam McBane becomes San Diego Symphony Artistic Assistant

Liam McBane (viola, Fall Into Spring 2013-2014) is now the Artistic Assistant for San Diego Symphony. Liam graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Music. He is an accomplished pianist, also playing violin and viola, but has been working toward arts management. He wasted no time landing the position of…
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Denielle Wilson wins contract to play with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Denielle Wilson (cello, Summer Intensive 2010) has won a one-year contract with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Denielle is a high school graduate of the ASO Talent Development Program and majored in cello performance at the Northwester University. She has been playing with the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago for…
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Stephen Upshaw joins Trinity Laban viola faculty

Stephen Upshaw (2003) will begin his role as professor of viola at Trinity Laban in September. Stephen says, “In recent years I have had the pleasure to work regularly at Trinity Laban with The Solem Quartet, Riot Ensemble and on individually designed projects focused on collaboration and innovation. I am thrilled to be joining the…
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Brandon Leonard wins Second Prize in Sphinx Competition!

Brandon Leonard, Franklin Pond student in the Sycamore Trio (and alum–Cello 2018-19) won Second Prize in the nationally renown Sphinx Competition and the Audience Choice Award for the Junior Division!

Toby Liu is a winner of 12th Annual Samuel Fordis Concerto Competition

As one of five winners of the 12th Annual Samuel Fordis Concerto Competition, Toby Liu (2015, 2016, 2017)—Artisan I Laureate—will perform in the Samuel Fordis Young Artists’ Concerto Competition Showcase Concert on Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at Lassiter High School Concert Hall at 7:00 PM. “Out of hundreds of young musicians in the Atlanta area,…
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Drew Forde Featured in SunChips® Ad

Drew Forde (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) was recently featured in an ad for a SunChips® Giveaway campaign.

Jonathan Fuller (cello FIS 2020-2021) joins NYO Summer 2021

Jonathan Fuller was chosen to join the esteemed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in 2021, an extraordinary honor that only 120 students in the whole nation have bestowed on them. The orchestra rehearses for two weeks, then generally goes on a national or international tour. Due to Covid, this year their…
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Update from Wick Simmons in New York City

Wick Simmons, cello (2009, 2010) is teaching at Harmony Program in New York City. He also recently produced a video of his own composition, “Seen/Unseen: Exquisite Drones“, filmed at the Longy School of Music at Bard College and taught a college composition forum at Longy.

Congratulations, Raunak!

Raunak Kumar, alum 2014-15, 2017, 2017-18 was a 2021 winner in the YoungArts Foundation Competition. Raunak left Atlanta to attend New England Conservatory Preparatory School for his last two years of high school. Next year he will attend Columbia University. Read more