Board

 

 
Megan Johnson - President
Class Year: 2017
Major/minor: Neuroscience and Behavior/French
Instrument: Trumpet


Megan is from Hingham, MA and is part of our trumpet section. She is also a Neuroscience and Behavior major and a French minor. Here are some questions we asked her:

1. How did you begin playing music?
My school required us to be in chorus, orchestra, or band and since I wasn’t interested in singing or playing a string instrument, I chose band and I loved it. I picked up the trumpet, because my dad played it through college and I thought it would be cool to play his old trumpet, which is still the one I play today.

2. If you have a free plane ticket to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Anywhere in France because I wasn't able to go for study abroad. I've taken French for many years and I've always wanted to go (if only for the bread, cheese, and wine). 

3. Which composer do you have the hots for?
Aaron Copland, because he was one of the great American classical composers and wrote "Appalachian Spring," another one of my favorite pieces. 

4. What is your dream music venue?
Having gone to see the BSO several times, it would be cool to play in Symphony Hall in Boston.

5. Which famous woman in history would you like to hang out with?
Maya Angelou, because I feel like she would be fun to hang out with, fairly chill, and have lots of wise thoughts and cool poetry to share. 

6. What do you do outside of orchestra besides practicing your instrument 50 hours a day?
I play with the UMASS concert band during the fall semester, I dance with the RAQS MHC bellydancing group, I recently joined the western riding team, and I work in a professor's lab. In my free time I like to eat Girl Scout cookies and watch Netflix. 

7. What is your favorite classical piece?
My favorite older classical piece is "Jupiter" from The Planets by Holst but the Hounds of Spring by Alfred Reed is my favorite classical piece from the modern era. 

8. What’s your most favorite thing about Tian?
He is always full of positivity and encouragement (and good stories)! 

9. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Learning how to drive a manual/stick shift car.

 

Relyn Myrthril - Publicist
Class year: 2019
Majors: 
Instrument: Violin

myrth22r@mtholyoke.edu

Relyn is a violinist, violist, flutist, and cellist from Miami, FL and NYC. As of now she is thinking of double majoring in music and psychology and maybe minoring in dance or religion. To learn more about Relyn, here are 8 questions we asked her:

1. How did you begin playing music?*
When I was seven years old, my mother wanted me to learn the violin. It was something I did methodically for the following three or four years. I didn't really get into playing the violin until I joined different community orchestras such as the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Miami Music Project Honors Youth Orchestra, and Young Musician's Orchestra. I played in live orchestras for many theatre productions, participated in youth orchestras, and played with Florida International University's symphony orchestra and was able to work closely with the Amernet String Quartet. Besides FIU, I have participated in the University of Miami's Frost MusicReach program where I was able to work with the Bergonzi String Quartet and perform at the annual Winter Wonderful showcase.

2. Who is a living classical musician you admire the most?
Andre Rieu

3. What song do you set as your alarm when you wake up in the morning?
Carmina Burana "O Fortuna"

4. What’s your most favorite thing about Tian?
Even though I am a new student haven't been able to learn much about him as a musicians, I already admire his passion and careful attention to detail in music.

5. What is your favorite classical piece?
Shostakovich's 10th Symphony 2nd Movement

6. What do you do outside of orchestra besides practicing your instrument 50 hours a day?
I'm in Chorale rehearsals twice a week, French club, Outing Club, Film Society, Hope for Haiti (the list goes on), and spending time in the dance studios of kendade strengthening for ballet. I'm also a concert manager in Pratt and work milk and cookies in Ham/MacGregor this semester.

7. Which famous woman in history would you like to hang out with?
Ella Fitzgerald. She was considered the greatest jazz singer of all time, won 12 Grammy Awards, and was the awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

8. Which composer do you have the hots for?
Shostakovich, because he's an older looking version of Harry Potter and a master when it comes to classical master pieces.

 

Kamila Lada - Co-stage Manager
Class year: 2017

Majors: Clinical Neuropsychology Special Major (Pre-med)
Instrument: Violin

lada22k@mtholyoke.edu

Kamila plays the Violin in MHSO but would also like to learn the cello or percussion! She is studying Clinical Neuropsychology. Her future plans include Medical School and possibly becoming an EMT full time in the city of Chicago for a gap year. She loves Tian's "exuberant style that influences his conducting and the way he treats us". Outside of orchestra you can find Kamila at Glee Club, lifeguarding, swing dancing, or doing pilates!

 

 

Emily Castner - Co-stage Manager
Class year: 2018
Major/minor: Math/Music
Instrument: French Horn

castn22e@mtholyoke.edu

 

June Conti - Head Librarian
Class year: 2017
Majors: Psychology and Education/Cognitive Neuroscience 5 College Certificate
Instrument: Violin

conti22j@mtholyoke.edu

If June didn't love playing the violin so much, she may have chosen to play the bassoon because John makes it look really fun. She has designed her own major in Communication Disorders. When asked what she wants to do when she grows up, she said, "When I grow up I wanna be famous. I want to be a star, would like to be in movies. Maybe I could see the world, possibly drive nice cars, and I would like some groupies!" If asked to perform at karaoke night, June jump on the chance to sing When I Grow Up by the Pussy Cat Dolls. June is also a CA in Persons Hall and plays for the Varsity Golf team, but if you really want to catch her, you will probably find her in her room watching Netflix.

 

Madelaine McAlister-Raeburn - Librarian
Class year: 2018
Major/minor: 
Instrument: Cello

mcali22m@mtholyoke.edu

 

Elena Kraus - Librarian
Class year: 2019
Major/minor: 
Instrument: Clarinet

kraus22e@mtholyoke.edu

 

Audrey Fahey - Co-Treasurer 
Class Year: 2018
Majors: 
Instrument: Violin
 

Audrey is a sophomore from New Jersey. As of now she is intending on becoming a biochemistry major and a math minor. Here are some questions we asked her:

How did you begin playing music?

I first began playing music at four years old on the piano. My mom first taught me how to play and soon took me for lessons at Yamaha Music School. My teacher noticed that I was left-handed and recommended that I begin a more left-hand-dominant instrument, like the violin. So at five years old, I began receiving private lessons for violin. I also joined my first ensemble/orchestra when I became a first year in high school. At sophomore year, I advanced from the mid-level orchestra to the advanced one. I have many stories and wonderful memories from being in my high school orchestra, especially when I toured with the advanced orchestra my senior year.

2. Which composer do you have the hots for?

Joe Hisaishi and, of course, Freddie Mercury.

3. Which famous woman in history would you like to hang out with?

Audrey Hepburn. Not only because we have the same name, but also because she worked very hard later in life to help aid humanitarian efforts.

4. What is your favorite classical piece?

I like "The Lark Ascending" as well as pretty much any movie soundtrack and video game music.

5. Who is a living classical musician you admire the most?

Janine Jansen

6. If you can be any animal, which animal would it be?

An elephant because they have an amazing memory, a large curiosity, are very smart, and have hearts full of love and care for those who are important to them.

7. If you have the power to master a skill right now, what would it be?

To learn to speak all of the languages in the world. Each language carries the culture from which it came from. This, in turn, brings a different perspective to all of the things we encounter in life.

8. Besides being awesome in orchestra, what other things you're awesome at?

I can ride the unicycle. Sleeping. Relaxing.

 
 
Zoe Zelkowitz - Co-Treasurer 
Class Year: 2019
Majors: 
Instrument: Violin
 
 
Amy Chen - Historian
Class Year: 2017
Majors: Art Studio
Instrument: Violin

   
Anna Shortridge - Social Chair
Class Year: 2019
Major/minor: 
Instrument: French Horn
 

Anna is from Lino Lakes, Minnesota and is planning on majoring in International Politics. She began playing horn in middle school when she joined band because her mom played the horn. Her favorite classical piece is Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, but she also have the hots for Shosty. Outside of orchestra you can find Anna eating donuts, writing, and people watching.

To learn more about Anna, here are six random questions we asked her:

1. If music didn't exist in this world what would be your favorite sound?
Blustering wind 

2. What’s your most favorite thing about Tian?
His arm gestures 

3. What is a childhood book that you will not get tired of reading?
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

4. If you can be any animal, which animal would it be?
A Panda because they just eat, sleep, and occasionally roll around. That’s pretty much my aesthetic deep down, I just don’t show it. 

5. Which famous woman in history would you like to hang out with?
Dolly Madison- she saved the painting of George Washington from the White House when it was burning. 

6. Who is a living classical musician you admire the most?
Sarah Willis- 4th horn of the Berlin Philharmonic. She’s one of the few female musicians in the orchestra and she’s an absolutely amazing horn player— she’s a goddess. Go check her instagram, its fab. @hornsarahberlin

 
 
   
Sam Levreault - Web Mistress
Class Year: 2017
Major/minor: 
Instrument: Flute


Sam plays the flute, piccolo, and ukelele. She is also from Worthington, MA and is majoring in Environmental Studies and Music. Here are some questions we asked her:

1. How did you begin playing music?
When I was 7, I asked for a piccolo for my birthday. My aunt, being a music teacher, told my mom I had to start with the flute. So I got a flute for my birthday and started taking lessons. 

2. If you have a free plane ticket to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Italy. I've always been interested in seeing it, no real reason why.

3. Which composer do you have the hots for?
John Williams. He wrote the love themes for Star Wars!

4. What is your dream music venue?
I've played at Boston Symphony Hall... but I'd love to go back.

5. Which famous woman in history would you like to hang out with?
Amelia Earhart, because I really want to learn to fly someday.

6. What is your favorite classical piece?
Mendelssohn String Octet E-flat Major Op. 20

7. What's your most favorite thing about Tian?
When he smiles during our performances - he really loves the music.

8. If music didn't exist in this world what would be your favorite sound?
A wood stove in the winter

9. If you have the power to master a skill right now, what would it be?
Slow down time; things go by so fast, I wish I could hold onto the time I have with people