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WSSTE & NSS Class of 2015: Rachel Chang, Paul Christian, Joey Connolly, Prithvi Das, Max Evans, Elijah Johnson, Sanjay Kottapalli, Haley Kowalski, Calvin Ro, Alec Mather, Elijah McCarrell-Bradley, Emmanuel McCarrell-Bradley, Claire Roesler, Sam Saltiel, Sherin Pradeep, Bing Singhsumalee, and Jordan Witzel
Join us for the 2015 Senior Recital!
Friday, May 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Western Springs (Sanctuary)
Paul Christian has been playing violin for eleven years and currently studies with Thomas Wermuth. He is a member of the Glenbard West Orchestra, Glenbard West Chamber Choir, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Maud Powell String Quartet, and performs regularly in the suburbs. Paul has played in the ILMEA Honor's All-State Orchestra twice, and has attended the University of Illinois Chamber Music Institute twice. In his free time, Paul runs Cross Country and Track, and plays the accordion. Paul will be playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Glenbard West Orchestra on May 27th, and the Maud Powell String Quartet will be featured on WFMT introductions on May 23rd. He will be attending DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana next year to study violin performance.
Prithvi Das, violin
Prithvi Das is graduating from Bolingbrook High School this spring. Prithvi was an active volunteer in several organizations at school as well as in the community and his focus was on elderly people with alzheimer's disease. He is a recipient of the AP Scholar Award from the College Board and the Illinois State Scholar Award. His other interests include soccer and karate. Prithvi studied the violin under Jonathan Reoch, Daina Volodka and Thomas Wermuth.He played in the Allegro!!! ensemble and is a current member of Chicago Consort. He is utterly indebted to his music teachers for everything that they have taught him and wishes to continue playing the violin at college music organizations. He intends to join the Electrical and Computer Engineering program at the Ohio State University at Columbus in the fall. His has joined the OSU Green Engineering Scholars program and wishes to focus on research in the area of eco-friendly vehicles.
Max Evans is a resident of Downers Grove, and a high school senior at Benet Academy in Lisle. He has earned his 2nd Degree (Dan) Black Belt in The World Taekwondo Federation. He participated in both Benet Cross Country and Track Teams, French Club, and Benet Academy Strings Orchestra. Max has held many leadership positions in Boy Scouts of America Troop 222 in Naperville. He participated in Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, and plans to go again this summer. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Max's Eagle Project entailed planning and implementing a violin concert for residents and guests at Villa St. Benedict, a retirement community in Lisle. The goal of his project was to use music to strengthen the connection between multiple generations.
Max began his violin studies at the age of five, and has studied the violin at the Naperville Suzuki School; Mary Harden Baylor in Temple, Texas; The Blair School of Music in Nashville, Tennessee; and The Western Springs School of Talent Education in Western Springs, Illinois. Summer Suzuki Institutes he attended include Memphis, TN; Louisville, KY; Pittsburgh, PA; and Stevens Point, WI. He is currently a student of Thomas Wermuth. While a member of Allegro!!! Strings Performance Ensemble, Max performed throughout Chicagoland, St. Louis, Atlanta, and China. He is a member of the Chicago Consort and plans to travel to Greece this summer.
Max will attend North Central College in Naperville where he plans to major in Business Administration, and minor in violin performance.
Elijah Johnson, cello
I am graduating for Oak Park and River Forest High School this spring. I was taught by Sally Gross. I am undecided on the school but I will be majoring in business.
Sanjay Kottapalli, violin
Sanjay Kottapalli is a senior at the Illinois Math and Science Academy and has been learning violin for the past nine years. Sanjay has studied violin under Monica Stein, Ms. Nancy Jackson, Thomas Wermuth and his current teacher Edward Kreitman. He is very grateful to all his teachers and Melissa Zindel for their guidance and invaluable lessons. He was a part of the Allegro!!! group that toured China in the summer of 2013. Aside from playing the violin, his other interests include singing and playing tennis. Sanjay will be pursuing Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in the fall. He plans to attend medical school and continue his experiences with scientific research in the field of biomedical engineering.
Stephen Leung, violin
Stephen Leung is graduating from Neuqua Valley High School and is heading to Brown University with a concentration in Applied Mathematics. After a few brief years of playing the piano, Stephen started the violin at the age of 7. His first teacher was Meg Lanfear. In 2009, he studied with Edward Kreitman for two years while participating in the Allegro!!! String Ensemble. After a two year tenure in the Allegro!!! String Ensemble, Stephen began studying with Thomas Wermuth and joined the Chicago Consort. Stephen is known on the streets for his mathematical abilities and boasts a top 10 finish at the IHSA State Math Competition for four years in a row. When he is not playing violin or competing in a math contest, you can find Stephen at the local park playing a pick-up game of futsal.
Elijah McCarrell-Bradley, violin
My name is Elijah McCarrell-Bradley and I will be graduating from Lane Tech. After graduation I want to get a summer job to help finance myself during college. My dream major would be music therapy. I am currently a part of the concert orchestra in CYSO and top performing ensemble in the Chicago Childrens Choir, Voice of Chicago. I am proud to say that I had the privilege to study under Ms. Nancy Jackson.
Emmanuel McCarrell-Bradley, violin
I am graduating from Lane Tech College Prep. I plan on studying business at North Park University. An achievement that I am proud of is consecutively receiving a superior rating at my school's solo/ensemble competition. My violin teacher has been Ms. Nancy Jackson.
Sherin Pradeep, violin
Sherin is planning on pursuing a major in Health Sciences and a minor in Philosophy at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. In high school, she participated in her schools orchestra and Science Olympiad. She studied under Beth Novak.
Claire Roesler, violin
Claire Roesler is graduating from Lyons Township High School this spring. She intends to pursue medicine as a career, though plans on completing her undergraduate degree with a dual major in chemistry and music. She has studied violin under Nancy Jackson and Thomas Wermuth at WSSTE. Claire was an LTHS concerto competition winner for two years, and also participated in the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Music Conference for three years. She has been a member of Allegro, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and is a current member of the Chicago Consort. One of the achievements that Claire is the most proud of is her volunteer work with an orphanage in India for children orphaned by AIDs. This past summer, Claire traveled to India for a week with an American dental team to treat the orphans. Claire will be attending Emory University in Atlanta.
Sam Saltiel, violin
I have been studying with Ms. Jackson for a long time, and I am very grateful for all the time Ms. Jackson invested to help make me the violinist I am today. I am graduating from Hinsdale Central High School and I will be attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the fall to study computer engineering. My favorite memories from high school are from the trips to different countries I've been on with school orchestras and Consort. I'd also like to continue playing in an orchestra at Rose-Hulman in the future.
Bing Singhsumalee, violin
Graduating from Waubonsie Vally HS, Aurora, IL. Attending University of Illinois at Champaign this fall, on scholarship for women golf team, majoring in Electrical Engineering and planning to minor in music (violin). Other achivements: Won 2013 Illinois Women’s State Amateur Championship. Studied with Beth Novak.
Jordan Witzel is graduating from Hinsdale Central and will be attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She intends to pursue a music minor. She has enjoyed being part of Chicago Consort and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. She wants to thank Mr. Wermuth, Daina Volodka, and Melissa Zindel for years of great direction.