Name: Andrés Ayola
From: New York City; Colombian Parents
Study: Manhattan School of Music, BM Oboe Performance '22
Prof. James Austin Smith
Fun Fact: I'm a sourdough bread baker enthusiast!
Taiwanese clarinetist Yu-Ting Cheng has won numerous first prizes, including the Hsing-Tien Kong Young Artist Award, the 2019 Stony Brook Concerto Competition, the 32nd CHIMEI Arts Award, and the 5th North International Music Competition. She has been awarded fellowships by the Norfolk New Music Workshop (2019) and Lucerne Festival Academy (2020). She has studied at the Peabody Institute, and at Stony Brook University with Alan R. Kay. She is currently the B-flat/ Bass clarinetist with the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra.
Trey Coughlin is a 16-year-old cellist from Colonie, New York. Before the pandemic, Trey studied cello in New York City with his teacher Wendy Sutter. He now takes lessons virtually and attends in-person rehearsals with the Empire State Youth Orchestra. During his free time, Trey enjoys playing tennis and composing music.
Sophia Jenkins, age 11, began cello studies at the age of 6 and lives in New Jersey. She has received awards from the International Grande Music Competition, the Bellegrande International Music Competition, the Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, the Crescendo International Music Competition, the American Protege International Concerto Competition, and the National League of Performing Arts Young Artists Competition. Sophia studies cello with Inbal Segev.
Evan Judson, 19, is a first-year student at The New England Conservatory. After playing bassoon for only five years, he has played as principal bassoon and contrabassoon with the Minnesota Youth Symphonies, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, and the Interlochen World Youth Symphony Orchestra. An avid lover of chamber music, Evan was the first bassoonist to be accepted to Saint Paul’s prestigious Artaria Chamber Music School, where he played with the Auric Trio. A particular highlight of his musical career has been participating in a masterclass with legendary bassoonist Leonard Hindell. Evan is deeply involved in the new music scene, performing, commissioning, and writing works of new and contemporary classical. When he doesn’t have a bassoon in his hands, Evan loves cooking, seeing his friends, going on walks, reading, and of course listening to music.
Alexis Porcaro is originally from Poughquag, New York but she is currently living in the Bronx, New York. She is pursuing her Masters Degree in Oboe Performance at Stonybrook University under the tutelage of James Austin Smith. When Alexis is not practicing or making reeds, she enjoys plants, running and cooking vegan dishes.
Yichun (Helen) Wu
I'm Yichun (Helen) Wu from Shanghai, China. I'm a fifth-year student at Bard, studying piano performance under Pianist Blair McMillen in the conservatory and majoring in literature in college. After graduating this May, I will pursue my Master of Music in Piano Chamber Music in San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Besides music and reading, I have been a big fan of Formula 1 for 12 seasons.