Introducing The Ensemble’s 2022 Ambassador Cohort

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Introducing The Ensemble’s 2022 Ambassador Cohort


We are pleased to announce our 2022 Ensemble Ambassadors! This is our largest cohort yet, with 16 Ambassadors hailing from eight countries. Get to know them below!

Asia & Oceania

Amira Axelle Miel; Tintay String Ensemble, Philippines (Program Manager)
Instrument: Violin
Favorite piece to play: “Symphonie Espagnole” by Edouard Lalo

Amelie Jansen; Sistema Whangarei, New Zealand
Instrument: Violin
Favorite piece: Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Vadim Fong; Sistema Whangarei, New Zealand
Instruments: Saxophone, violin
Favorite piece to play: “Summertime” by George Gershwin

May Thet Htarr; Gitameit Music Institute, Myanmar
Instruments: Piano, Burmese harp
Favorite piece to play: Impromptus by Franz Schubert


Kalanzi Ronald; Architects of Music, Uganda
Instruments: Djembe drum, long drum, bow harp, African set drums, flute
Favorite piece to play: Ngayaya by Toro people

Nakacwa Mary; Architects of Music, Uganda
Instrument: Bow harp, dance
Favorite piece to play: “Ruhangi Shitwe” by Twesigye Francis


Maël Lebeaupin; Tutti Passeurs d’Arts France
Instrument: Saxophone
Favorite piece: Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez

Merjam Hasanović; House of Good Tones, Bosnia
Instrument: Piano
Favorite piece to play: Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych

Nejla Salihović; House of Good Tones, Bosnia
Instruments: Piano, accordion
Favorite piece to play: Gipsy Dance by Heinrich Lichner

Melis Erselçan; Music For Peace Foundation, Turkey
Instrument: Violin
Favorite piece: New World Symphony, Movement IV: Allegro con fuoco by Antonin Dvorak

South America

Esteban Molina Callejas; Iberacademy, Colombia
Instrument: Clarinet
Favorite piece to play: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

North America

Juan Florez; Miami Music Project/YOLA National Institute, U.S.A.
Instrument: Violin
Favorite piece to play: Estrellita by Manuel Ponce, arranged by Jascha Heifetz

Brianna Herrera; El Sistema Lehigh Valley, U.S.A.
Instruments: Violin, flute
Favorite piece to play: Holberg Suite Op. 40, Movement I: Prelude by Edvard Grieg

Nicolas Lau; Enriching Lives through Music, U.S.A.
Instrument: Violin
Favorite piece: Méditation from Thaïs by Jules Massenet

Tamara Castillo; Sistema Utah, U.S.A.
Instrument: Cello
Favorite piece to play: Themes from The Moldau by Bedric Smetana, arranged by Robert S. Frost

Helen Faucher; Moncton Youth Orchestra/Sistema New Brunswick, Canada
Instrument: Violin
Favorite piece to play: “Preludium and Allegro” by Fritz Kreisler

Gracie Lewis; Sistema New Brunswick, Canada
Instruments: Flute, piccolo
Favorite piece to play: Madrigal by Philippe Gaubert


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