'73, received his B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory in 1977 and a M.M. from UW-Madison in 1979. He was principal second violin in the Madison Symphony from 1978-79, in the Florida Philharmonic from 1979-80; Asst. Concertmaster of the Omaha Symphony from 1980-85 and Concertmaster from 1985-2000. Currently he is co-director and teacher of a Suzuki violin program in Santa Fe, NM, violinist with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra and a regular coach with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony.
Nancy (Ou) Chu,
'88, played clarinet in the UW-Madison Symphonic Band and played in a trio with two other MFY alums. Currently she and her husband are passing their love of music to their six children (the oldest three are--or have been--in MYSO playing violin, the fourth and fifth children play violin and cello, and the youngest daughter is tinkering with the piano). She plays piano through her church, accompanies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and now at the Milwaukee Ballet School. Eight years ago, she formed a youth orchestra at her church.
'95, received his degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Kansas. He lives and works in Austin, TX, and also plays with the Austin Civic Orchestra (currently principal 2nd violin), Temple (TX) Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Mahlerfest Orchestra.
Heather (June) Kamikawa,
'01, is teaching high school orchestra at Bradford High School in Kenosha, maintaining her viola studio and playing viola as much as possible.
Alyssa Pon-Franklin, 08, works in Admissions at Rogers Memorial Hospital and is pursuing a Masters in School Counseling through UW-Milwaukee with a goal of being a bilingual counselor, working with Hispanic populations of the Greater Milwaukee area. She has been playing flute in local community bands and is searching for more pit orchestra opportunities.
'10, graduated in 2014 from Yale University with Distinction in music and computer science. Currently he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.
'13, joined the Cornell Glee Club and the a cappella subset "The Hangovers," and will be singing in Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra on April 19 with the Cornell Glee Club.
Brigette Hall, '14, is studying English at Hillsdale College.
Francesca Pessarelli, '14, is in her first year at UW-Madison as an Art History and French major. She is playing in the All University Strings Orchestra and is excited to be playing again.