In years past, the Boston Philharmonic's Crescendo Education and Community Engagement programs empower talented young collegiate and post-collegiate musicians to develop their teaching skills while supporting area youth music programs, like Boston Music Project. This year, due to the pandemic, a new program has emerged: the Mentorship program. This community-focused, COVID-safe program has sought to pair musicians from the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO) with younger students in area youth music programs to build meaningful relationships and support local youth through a shared love of music and exchange each week online. In February, BMP Executive Director Chris Schroeder visited BPYO musicians for an online professional development session on virtual teaching strategies and lesson planning. This spring, a quartet of BPYO musicians from the Mentorship program will be putting their talents and teaching skills to practice, working with BMP's middle school chamber orchestra. Their 5-session residency will include a series of coaching sessions guided by BMP Vivaldi Orchestra Director Sebastien Ridore. In May, they will perform alongside BMP youth in a virtual orchestra project, performing Mark William's Sailor's Song.
Learn more about the BPYO Crescendo program here.
BPYO Youth Mentors:
Karlie Roberts, Viola
Karlie Roberts, 20, currently studies viola at the New England Conservatory of Music with Kim Kashkashian. She has served as principal violist of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and currently serves as principal violist of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Lizzy Joo, Violin
Lizzy Joo is a junior at Brandeis University studying neuroscience. Despite being a non-music major student, she still loves playing violin with musicians at Brandeis University and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She is currently studying with Andrea Segar at Brandeis University and is actively involved both chamber music ensembles and orchestra programs.
Jae Min 'Jae' Ahn, Violin
Jae Min 'Jae' Ahn has been playing violin for nine years. He currently attends Wellesley High School and enjoys fishing.
Jade Konsler, Cello
Jade Konsler has been playing the cello for 12 years and is a current high school senior. She studies with Eugene Kim at NEC Prep and is a member of the Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Jade is an avid chamber musician and also plays in her school orchestra.