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Dallas Noble, Violin

Dallas Noble, 17, began playing the violin at the age of three.  A frequent performer in the Princeton and Philadelphia areas, Dallas served as concertmaster of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra for four years.  She is a member of the Myer Schwartz Piano Trio at Settlement Music School, where she holds an Advanced Study Scholarship.

Dallas has been a prize winner or finalist at numerous competitions, including the Music Teachers National Association, Summit Symphony, Bravura Philharmonic, Monmouth Symphony, and Old York Road Symphony competitions.  She has appeared as soloist with the Ottawa Chamber Symphony, Sinfonietta Nova, and the Newtown Chamber Orchestra.  Last May Dallas served as concertmaster for a live radio broadcast of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony on What Makes it Great with Rob Kapilow, and in August performed as a soloist at a benefit in honor of Lin-Manuel Miranda.

In 2017 Dallas was awarded an Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship.  In 2014, 2016 and 2017 she was one of twelve violinists nationwide selected to attend the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program.  Her other summer studies include the Aspen Music Festival, Encore Chamber Music Festival and the Pinchas Zukerman Young Artists Program at the National Arts Centre in Canada.

Dallas has studied with Hirono Oka, Lee Snyder, Guillaume Combet, and Ryan Meehan.  She has performed in masterclasses taught by Paul Kantor, Ida Levin, Jan Mark Sloman, Catherine Cho, Karen Gomyo, and Philippe Graffin, among others.

In addition to music, Dallas enjoys creative writing, diving, and archery.


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Sasha He, Cello

Sasha He began her musical studies on piano at age five and made her debut in the winner recital of the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey in Carnegie Hall at age eight. At age nine, she started studying cello with Christine and Metta Watts. A junior at Radnor High School, she is currently studying cello under the tutelage of Ohad Bar-David of Philadelphia Orchestra. Sasha has won many competitions and performed with various orchestras in the region, such as the Rose Tree Pops Orchestra (2016), Old York Road Symphony (2017), Delaware County Symphony (2017) and Main Line Symphony (2018). Besides solo music, Sasha’s music endeavors also include orchestral and ensemble music. Last year, she participated in All-State orchestra as principal cellist and was further selected as a member of the NAfME all National Symphony Orchestra. She has also been the principal cellist of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra since 2016. Moreover, she has played cello with the Gray Charitable Trust Trio last year (2016/7) and is playing with the Gail W. Snitzer String Quartet this year (2017/8), both on an Advanced Study scholarship at Settlement Music School.

Apart from music, Sasha enjoys learning languages and has studied Latin and German in school. She won the national AATG-PAD Study Trip Award with a full scholarship to study and travel in Germany in the summer of 2017, under a program sponsored by the German government. She also loves working and playing with younger children. In the previous summers, she volunteered as a junior and then a senior counselor at Church of Savior’s summer camps.


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Kristy Chen, Violin

Kristy Chen, 15, began playing the violin at the age of 6 and currently studies with Hirono Oka, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Kristy debuted as a violin soloist with the Ocean City Pops New Jersey at the age of 11 under the baton of William Scheible, the Artistic Director in July 2013. She has been a recipient of numerous scholarships including, the Advanced Study Scholarship at the Settlement Music School, Sean A. Carpenter scholarship award at Luzerne Music Center, and the Starling Scholarship at Temple University.

Since Kristy joined the Temple University Music Preparatory program at the age of 8, she has participated in the Classic Strings, Baroque Players, and was the concertmaster of the Chamber Players Orchestra in 2013. In the summer of 2015 and 2017, she attended the Harpa International Music Festival in Iceland with Temple University’s Youth Chamber Orchestra. She is currently concermistress of the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey and has performed in Czech Republic, as well as Austria’s Haydn Esterhazy Hall in 2014. This past summer, Kristy served as concertmaster for the Eastern Symphony Orchestra at Eastern Music Festival. Kristy also participates in several other music programs including the Regional CJMEA orchestra and her school district’s orchestral program in which she has been concertmistress for the past six years. Kristy has been a member of the Settlement Music School Advanced Study Scholarship Program for three years, previously playing in the Auger Contemporary Trio from 2014-2016, and now the Gail W. Snitzer String Quartet.
In addition to the variety of music programs Kristy takes part in, she has also won many competitions including the 2014’s NJMTA Young Musician competition, the 2015 Rising Stars Competition Children’s division, the Kennett Symphony Instrumental Competition Junior Division (3rd Prize), and the American Asian Fine Art Competition for both violin and piano, performing in the winners recital at Carnegie Hall.

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Isabella Florendo, Piano

Isabella Florendo, 10, is a fifth grader at T/E Middle School. She started studying formal piano lessons at the age of 6 and violin at the age of 7 at the Nelly Berman School of Music. She is a scholarship recipient of the Nelly Berman School Classical Music Institute and was a pupil of Ms. Nelly Berman.

Currently, she studies piano with Elena Berman-Gantard and violin with Tatiana Ivanova at the Nelly Berman School of Music. Isabella’s achievements include the Princeton Festival Elementary Artist Division (2016); 1st prize at the Little Mozarts (2016); 1st prize at the Geneva International Music Competition(2016); platinum 1st prize at the Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow (2017); and 3rd prize at the West Chester pre- Collegiate piano competition (2017). Isabella has performed in several venues which includes: Carnegie Hall in New York City (2016); Kimmel Center (2017); Jacobs Music Steinway Hall in Center City Philadelphia (2017); Madeleine Wing Adler Hall and Ware Family Recital Hall, West Chester University (2017); and at the Rock Hall Auditorium at Temple University for the 10th Annual Dr. Andor Kiszely Honors Recital(2016).

She was also awarded as the 1st place alternate for strings (violin) at the Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow in 2017. She enjoys running on the track and reading history books. Her favorite subject is Math.


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Angeline Ma, Piano

Angeline Ma, 14, currently studies with Susan Starr and was previously a student of Natalie Zhu.  She has won prizes in the Princeton Festival Piano Competition, Kennett Square Symphony Competition, Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival, International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington D.C., and Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT. In 2017, Angeline was selected as one of the three finalists in the Junior category of the Greenfield Competition of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  In May, Angeline gave a solo recital at Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park.  Angeline was a scholarship recipient of the Vladimir & Haewon Feltsman Piano Foundation and for the past three summers attended PianoSummer at New Paltz as a scholarship student. Most recently, Angeline was named as a 2017-2018 Chopin Scholarship recipient by the Chopin Foundation of the United States.  She has taken masterclasses with prominent pianists such as Vladimir Feltsman, Phillip Kawin, Alexander Toradze, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Victor Rosenbaum, Eduardo Delgado, Alexander Korsantia, Dr. Tamas Ungar, and Frank Levy.

Angeline is a student at Conestoga High School and a dedicated participant in school activities.  She is a recipient of the 2017 Conestoga Leadership and Service Award.