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CONGRATULATIONS

CLASS OF 2020 

We are so very proud of our 2020 Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra graduates and thankful for the time we had together to create music. They have all made a lasting impression on the ASYO, and we are so excited to see what the future holds for them!

ASYO PHILHARMONIA GRADUATES

Madeline Coyle, violin

Graduating High School: Asheville High School
Years in ASYO: 4
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major: I will study chemistry, mathematics, and Mandarin Chinese. I hope to conduct research and collaborate with scientists and mathematicians all around the world!
Favorite ASYO Memory: It was extremely inspiring to be able to see Midori perform. Also, I think that all of the ASYO’s concerts have been exciting and fun!


Elliott Tucker, violin

Graduating High School: Asheville High School
Years in ASYO: 4
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major: Chemistry


Lilian Coyle, violin

Graduating High School: Asheville High School
Years in ASYO: 4
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major: I will be studying Chemistry, Mandarin Chinese, and possibly Genetics! I also plan on joining an ensemble as a violinist there!
Favorite ASYO Memory: The spring concert last year was one of my favorite memories, when the Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra played Jupiter together! I loved playing in a group that big!

ASYO YOUTH ORCHESTRA GRADUATES

Lilliana Soucaze, violin

Graduating High School: Martin L. Nesbitt Discovery Academy
Years in ASYO: 4
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major: Public Health
Favorite ASYO Memory: All of the ASYO retreats 🙂


Laney Barnett, violin

Graduating High School: Homeschooled – Dual Enrolled at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College
Years in ASYO: 6
College: Florida State University
Major:  Violin performance and a minor in literature. My goal is to inspire people to be kind through music, and use the power of teaching to demonstrate the importance of art in our day-to-day lives; whatever that may look like.
Favorite ASYO Memory: When asked to pick a favorite moment or memory from my time with ASYO, I find myself to be at a complete loss. From countless concerts, guest soloists, masterclasses and rehearsals, to all the retreats, talent shows, and laughs shared — every moment that I have spent with ASYO has been my favorite, and always will be.


Hope Hamby, violin

Graduating High School:  Verity Academy Homeschool , McDowell Technical Community College
Years in ASYO: 4
College: Belmont University
Major: In the upcoming fall semester, I will be attending Belmont University to pursue my bachelors degree in Music Business with an emphasis in Production. I fully plan on spending my life and career in Nashville.
Favorite ASYO Memory: There are so many memories I have made by being a part of this program. Every year has brought new friends and opportunities into my life; I know I wouldn’t be the person or musician I am today without them! That being said, the year that ASYO participated in Midori’s residency program stands out in my mind for many reasons. I not only had the honor of performing in her masterclass, but I made a lot of lasting relationships with musicians my age.


Jarrod Waytan, violin

Graduating High School: Temple Baptist School
Years in ASYO: 4
College: Jarrod plans on attending Pensacola Christian College for the 2021-2022 school year after taking a gap year to focus on working.
Major: Music Performance (violin)
Favorite ASYO Memory: Listening to Midori’s masterclasses, advice, & performances enlightened me to a new level of music I never knew about before. On top of that, watching the ASYO’s top student musicians play for & alongside her amazed me; every student musician, whether in ASYO or not, is capable of producing quality music.


Grace Vo, violin

Graduating High School: Asheville School
Years in ASYO: 4
College: Duke University
Major: Latin American Studies on the pre-med track
Favorite ASYO Memory: My favorite ASYO memory was getting to play with Midori.


Becky Rosen, violin

Graduating High School: Greeneville High School
Years in ASYO: 2
College: Princeton University
Major: Architecture
Favorite ASYO Memory: My favorite ASYO memory was at the final concert last year during the acknowledgement of graduated seniors because of all of the pride and appreciation that was felt throughout the room.


Ryan Donley, french horn

Graduating High School: North Buncombe High School
Years in ASYO: 2
College: North Carolina State University
Major: Civil Engineering
Favorite ASYO Memory: During the performance, everyone was fully engaged playing Marche Slav and the dramatic ending was really powerful. 


Ethan Revere, trumpet

Graduating High School: Asheville High School
Years in ASYO: 4
College: University of Miami Frost School of Music
Major: Trumpet Performance


Francisco Diaz-Rodriguez, trombone

Graduating High School: North Buncombe High School
Years in ASYO: 1
College: University of North Carolina Asheville
Major: Engineering
Favorite ASYO Memory: My favorite AYSO concert was at Thomas Wolfe auditorium. Even though we didn’t have a full house I loved the venue and the music we played! 


Dante Salamone, percussion

Graduating High School: AB Tech
Years in ASYO: 3
College: Full Sail University
Major: Music Production and Audio Engineering
Favorite ASYO Memory: My favorite memories are the African and Percussion Ensembles


Judah Barak, percussion

Graduating High School: Asheville High School
Years in ASYO: 4
College: Mars Hill University
Major: Percussion Performance
Favorite ASYO Memory: Playing Timpani on Shostakovich 5 finale.


 

Clarisse Sobremonte, violin

Graduating High School: Asheville High School
Years in ASYO: 4
College: UNC Chapel Hill
Major: Public Health I plan to continue my violin studies and join the Filipino American Association of UNC Chapel Hill.
Favorite ASYO Memory: My favorite memory was playing with Midori during my first year with the youth orchestra. She constantly inspires me to keep playing the violin. I also enjoyed the retreats we had at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. Those are the moments where I made new connections with other musicians and even performed a cover of “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz with a new friend group we like to call “Ukestra.”


Dexter Smith, violin

Graduating High School: Home School
Years in ASYO: 4
College: Southern Adventist University
Major: Theology with a Minor in Music (Violin)
Favorite ASYO Memory: Playing Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 last movement


Phoebe Propst, viola

Graduating High School: Asheville High School
Years in ASYO: 6
College: Dual degree program between Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester
Major: Music Performance
Favorite ASYO Memory: Getting to know musicians from other schools and parts of WNC that I otherwise would have never met.


Elijah White, cello

Graduating High School: School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville
Years in ASYO: 2.5
College: University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Major: Music Performance
Favorite ASYO Memory: My favorite experience with the youth orchestra was definitely getting to play the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor with Garrick Ohlsson. In particular, when we were rehearsing in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Garrick Ohlsson decided to get to the podium and conduct us himself. Leading up to a very climactic part, he leapt up into the air! Now up to this point I had never seen a conductor get so physically enthusiastic, but here was a world famous concert pianist jumping like a child hearing they will be going to Disney Land. It was such a funny, unexpected, and phenomenal moment that will always stick with me. Plus, the music was really touching and the concert went really well. 


Sarah Fletcher, cello

Graduating High School: A.C. Reynolds High School
Years in ASYO: 1
College: North Carolina State University
Major: Chemistry
Favorite  ASYO Memory: Getting to meet and play music with a ton of new people!


Mia Lopez, flute

Graduating High School: TC Roberson High School
Years in ASYO:  3
College: North Carolina State University
Major: Engineering
Favorite ASYO Memory: Studying with Mrs. Posnock and the talent show at the ASYO retreat


Gray Pearson, oboe

Graduating High School: School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville
Years in ASYO: 2
College: Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music
Major: Interdisciplinary studies in music and economics.
Favorite ASYO Memory: Playing the Grieg piano concerto with Garrick Ohlsson.


Julianna Accles, clarinet

Graduating High School: Asheville High School
Years in ASYO: 2
College: North Carolina State University
Major: Engineering
Favorite ASYO Memory: My favorite concert was our winter concert this year where we played Sleigh Ride and Carmen Suite. 


Hana Carter, bassoon

Graduating High School: North Buncombe High School
Years in ASYO: 4
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major: Mathematics


Henry Swift, french horn

Graduating High School: North Buncombe High School
Years in ASYO: 4
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major: Biology
Favorite ASYO Memory: I really enjoyed our performance before the Asheville Symphony concert, and our concert the day after. I thought the music was very exciting and it was overall a very great experience. 


Alana Matteson, french horn

Graduating High School: A.C. Reynolds High School
Years in ASYO: 1
College: Warren Wilson College
Major: Pre-Medicine with a concentration in Biology, with a plan to one day receive my doctorate and do something in the medical field.
Favorite ASYO Memory: My favorite experience with ASYO is any moment that I had in making music with this amazing bunch of people. I’ll forever cherish the memories and friendships I made within this group.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our season was cut short and we were not able to celebrate all of the wonderful seniors during our final concert. We understand that each senior had major events in their life upended this spring. We are beyond proud of each and every one of them! The ASYO staff wanted to recognize and thank them for their amazing dedication and hard work – please enjoy the photos below of some of our seniors with their ASYO signs!