Nicholas Alexander, Clarinet •
David Ascencio, Violin •
Sarah Benton, Flute •
Navin Kumar Bharadwaj, Clarinet •
David Brookshier, Oboe •
Kevin Chan, French Horn •
Perry Choi, Clarinet •
Audrey Chou, Violin •
Jennifer Dai, Violin •
Sadaf Fakharzadeh, Viola •
Miranda Gorman, Viola •
Jonathan Ho, Cello •
Jonathan Kim, Cello •
Brian Lee, Trumpet •
Michael Li, Violin •
Lydia Lim, Clarinet •
Christine Liu, Violin •
Xiang Ming Luo, Cello •
Courtney MacIsaac, Oboe •
Rob Michael Manansala, Violin •
Enoch Matsumara, Clarinet •
Ariel Muirhead, Flute •
Nikita Ramanujam, Horn •
Jenna Ray, Percussion •
Danielle Serrano, Cello •
Jessica Sheu, Bassoon •
Peter Shimshock, Tuba •
Ariana Tsai, Violin •
Rohit Unni, Flute •
Max Veregge, Percussion •
Sophia Yaksic, Viola
Join Our Season Finale Gala concert, June 16, 2012
Gershwin: Strike up the Band Overture
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 with Jon Nakamatsu
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Encore – Sing Sing Sing by Louis Prima performed by all SJYS orchestras and ensembles!
Season Finale Rehearsals:
□ Sunday, December 18th, 2:00-6:00 pm @ Faith Lutheran Church
□ Monday, December 19th, 6:00-10:00 pm @ Los Gatos United Methodist Church
□ Saturday, June 9th, 10:00-4:00 pm, location TBA
□ Wednesday, June 13th, 6:00-10:00 pm, location TBA
□ Friday, June 15th, 6:00-9:30 pm, location TBA
□ Dress rehearsal: Saturday, June 16th, 3:00-6:00 pm @ Flint Center
□ Concert: Saturday, June 16th, 7:30 pm @ Flint Center
Piano, Viola 2005
In his seven years in SJYS, Jonathan has been in the Prelude,
Intermezzo, and Philharmonic groups. He went on tour with the
Philharmonic Orchestra to South America in 2009. After winning the
Young Artist Competition, he also performed the Saint Saens Cello
Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009. Jonathan currently
is at Cornell University studying Computer Science.
"SJYS has been a lifechanging experience. Not only has it broadened
my musical knowledge and taught me the intricacies of playing with a
large group of musicians, but it has also given me some of my best
Vincy graduated in 2003 and has toured Germany&Austria, and Japan with
SJYS. She has a degree in Molecular Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. She
started the University Baroque Ensemble at Berkeley with Professor
Moroney. She is currently doing her Masters from Boston University in
Project Management and working as the office manager at Kamimoto
"The experiences inside of touring with SJYS really made a difference
for me and started my career. In college, I realized I want to make
available for all musicians to travel around the world and perform at
different concert halls. I'm creating a path for myself now as an
office manager and getting my degree in Project Management to make
that vision a reality."
Andrew is starting his 2nd year at UC Davis in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering after internship with NASA this summer. He is currently in the UC Davis Marching Band and is principal trumpet of the UC Davis Symphony.
“SJYS introduced me to classical music which now happens to be my favorite genre. It has also introduced me to some of my friends that I will have with me for the rest of my life.” He toured with SJYS to Spain, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Chile, and Argentina and would love to do more.
Graham graduated from SJYS in 2003 and went to the San Francisco Conservatory studying with Wei-He. He plays professionally with Stockton and Santa Cruz Symphony and teaches violin currently. He remembered the tour to Japan as the best in his life.
Jamie graduated from SJYS in 2006, after 9 years of playing from Prelude to Phil. He performed Sarasate's Navarra in the YAC. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2010 with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology and a minor in Music and is currently working as a junior specialist doing research under UC Davis School of Medicine's Neurology Department.
“Even though I didn't choose to join SJYS in third grade, it was easily one of the best decisions of my life to stick with it until leaving for college. The memories and the friends I made are irreplaceable, and SJYS is the biggest reason why classical music is as precious to me as it is today.”
Tim was the Concertmaster for Philharmonic and he graduated in 2004. He graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a BA and MM in Violin Performance. He is currently teaching violin and coaching strings in San Jose.
He has performed at chamber recitals for the Chancellor of UCLA, concerts with LA
Opera conductor commemorating Jewish composers at Royce Hall, LA,
concert with Mark O'Conner, violinist, Mendelssohn octet with Anne
Akiko Meyers, violinist, chamber concerts with UCLA music faculty for
LA Philanthropic society and the LA Chamber Music Guild.
Ray graduated from SJYS in 2007 and is currently B.M. candidate at Stony Brook University, with a full scholarship and the only undergraduate flutist to ever be accepted into the the world renowned Carol Wincenc's Graduate only flute studio. He also study chamber music with The Emerson String Quartet; Cellist, Colin Carr; and Bassoonist, Frank Morelli; and studying Baroque music with Harpsichordist and co founder of Juilliard's Historical Music Program, Arthur Haas.
This coming year 2010 -2011 he plans to compete in many national competitions as well as give 3 solo and chamber music recitals including contemporary flute music, "steal from the rich and give to the poor" Recital of arrangements, and a Brazilian Choros concert. He has also begun a business relationship with Composer Yuko Uebayashi from Paris France, performing her music along with his duo partner pianist, Jasmin Arakawa. They will be creating and editing a piano score for her unpublished Flute Concerto as well as perform it.
He Participated in Sarasota Music Festival, Banff Music Festival,
has won Long Beach Mozart Festival Competition, Stony Brook Concerto Competition, UCSB Concerto Competition and is
newly appointed flutist of North Shore Pro Music Concert Series in New York.
In 2010 he organized a concert series and outreach project targeting High School Students about to enter college, giving them help and information on college and auditions. This project won a 3,000.00 Grant from the city of San Jose and was featured in The Mercury News entitled "Giving Back"
“SJYS most definitely helped in my decision to become a musician. Yair was a very inspiring and influential person to me growing up. This was really first class musical education we were all getting, and while I was a participant, there were many other VERY HIGH LEVEL performers. I am lucky to have participated when I did.”
Shawn is currently attending the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY pursuing a Masters of Music in Jazz Trumpet. He has a BM in Jazz Studies from Cal State Northridge. He was the March 2005 featured youth artist for the International Trumpet Guild. First Place Winner with the Cal State Northridge Jazz "A" Band at the Monterey Jazz Festival Spring 2008.
“Being apart of SJYS has enlightened me with multiple styles and genres of music I can truly appreciate. As a musician in this ensemble I have learned to listen and blend with my talented colleagues. While only being fourteen when I joined this prestigious group it was the first time I heard a group of musicians my age play with such grace and beauty. Every rehearsal and concert has inspired me to play using my emotions every time I play my instrument. Touring with SJYS to Japan in 2003 has influenced me by showing me that music is a universal language. That any group of people no matter what language you speak, age, race, etc can communicate through music.”
Dan has a BM in Bassoon performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a MA in Music History and Literature from San Francisco State University. He has been on tour with SJYS 4 times. He played for the San Jose Youth Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphony, Monterey Symphony, San Francisco Academy Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, Stanford Symphony, San Jose State University Symphony and is currently a performing musician as well as musicology student. He has performed in the Salzburg Festival, Granada Music Festival, and Nice Music Academie of France.
“SJYS influenced my decision to make a career out of being a musician. I would have never found my life's true calling had it not been for my decision to join SJYS.”
Jeffrey played viola for SJYS for 6 years and is a graduate of UC San Diego. He currently has a start up company in the Bay Area. He enjoyed the tour to Japan, where he performed for sold out audiences and explored a country half way across the world with friends.
“Playing in a symphony takes a hybrid of discipline and creativity. The weekly training of these characteristics has crossed over positively into the other aspects of my life. Plus, some of my best friends were forged during my time with the symphony.”
Elaine was a member of the Avant Flute Choir and the Philharmonic. She is attending Soka University of America and preparing for her undergraduate thesis and application to graduate school. She has been the conductor of the school orchestra, and even had the opportunity to conduct over 100 students in the orchestra and choir at SUA's graduation ceremony performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony "Ode to Joy" for two years.
“While at SJYS, I really enjoyed the professional environment, and the fact that the majority of the young musicians around me were really striving to better themselves both as musicians and overall as people. To this day, I remain friends with many people that I met through SJYS, and we still share our love of music and encourage each other to continue to progress. It was also at SJYS that I developed many of the leadership and organizational skills that are so valuable to me now. When I was in the flute choir, I sometimes got asked to conduct rehearsals or sectionals, and I really appreciate the trust of my music teachers, particularly Teresa Orozco-Peterson, David Ladd, and Yair. I am sure that it is through my experience in SJYS that I obtained the skills, wisdom, and confidence to help develop and lead the music ensembles at my university. My experience playing in SJYS of course was also major in influencing my decision to pursue music education as a career.”
Chris graduated in 2004 and currently working for Respawn Entertainment programming video games. He played for Lyratones, SJSU Latin Jazz Ensemble and Redwood Symphony. He was the Tour Manager for the 2003 Japan tour and had an unforgettable experience at Karaoke. He likes to travel, sail, and translate popular children's fiction into Classic Greek.
Alishan graduated from SJYS in 2005. He was the winner of the Young Artist Competition and performed the Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto March 2005. He went on tour with Jon Nakamatsu and the orchestra to Spain and had many memorable experiences. But as he noted
“SJYS was awesome. There is nothing as fun as playing great music with friends. It inspired me to be a music teacher so that other kids could have as much fun as I do.”
He is currently studying at San Jose State University majoring in Piano Performance, and teaching piano and violin. He went on tour with the New Choir to Korea this summer as their accompanist and one of the tenors.
Donald graduated from SJYS in 2006. He holds a B.S. in Biophysics and is currently a PhD candidate on Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University. He spent 6 years with us as a violinist and camp counselor.
“SJYS was not just a group of young kids making wonderful music; we were family of musicians. We forged our friendships through the strong ties of rehearsal, hard work, and our common ground of music. To this day, I still remain very close to the friends I made through SJYS. From one season of SJYS to another, each performance was a step and contribution towards the person who I am today. I am grateful for the network and experience SJYS has provided me as these memories cannot be reproduced in any other environment.”