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LIVE: Pianist Mikowai Ashwill

Mikowai currently studies at the Music Institute of Chicago under Ralph Neiweem and Claire Aebersold.

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Eighteen-year-old pianist Mikowai Ashwill was born in California. He began his musical studies at age nine and currently studies at the Music Institute of Chicago under Ralph Neiweem and Claire Aebersold. He is a scholarship recipient of the National Chopin Foundation Scholarship 2012, and a Musichorale Scholarship competition winner in 2014. Along with these awards, more…

The Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet of the Merit School of Music

The members of the Bone Rangers are students at the Merit School's Tuition-Free Conservatory.

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Today on Introductions our guests are the members of the Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet of the Merit School of music. This past year, they received an Honorable Mention at the Midwest Young Artists’ Discover National Chamber Music Competition. Ensemble members: 15 year old Madeline Deanne, a 9th grader at Evergreen Park Community High School 15 more…

Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony

The MYA Symphony Orchestra performed this concert in Orchestra Hall in downtown Chicago.

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The MYA Symphony Orchestra in the Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Recorded at their February 22, 2014 concert in Orchestra Hall in Chicago and conducted by Music Director Allen Dennis.

Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago

The Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago

A rebroadcast from May, 2014 (listen again here). The Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago joined us live in the studio prior to a tour to Alaska and British Columbia. Artistic Director and Conductor: Emily Ellsworth Pianist: William Buhr Student announcers: Jesslyn Cohen, 13, Itasca Ian Strasma, 12 Wheaton Kati Young, 17, Lisle Anthony Lanzillo, more…

Daniel Kaler, 16, cello

Cellist Daniel Kaler

A rebroadcast from February, 2014. Daniel Kaler has won 1st Prize at the University of Illinois Concerto Competition, the Chinese Fine Arts Society competition, the competition of the Society of American Musicians, the DePaul Concerto Festival AND at the Music Institute of Chicago Concerto Competition, among many others. He’s also an avid chamber musician, and more…

Fischoff Competition Winners: Quartet Fuoco of Midwest Young Artists

The members of Quartet Fuoco were the 2014 Gold Medalists in the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

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Quartet Fuoco is a chamber ensemble of the Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Program in Highwood, IL. It’s members, all the principal players in MYA’s Symphony Orchestra, are Rachel Stenzel (17) and Aidan Perreault (16), violins; David Berghoff (18), viola; and Chris Gao (17), cello. They are coached by Mathias Tacke and Shmuel Ashkenasi (formerly more…

Kelly Talim, violin

Kelly was invited to be featured in HBO: Masterclass with Joshua Bell.

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Recently, Kelly was invited to be featured in HBO: Masterclass with Joshua Bell and traveled to New York and London in late April to participate in the filming of this show. Earlier in the year, Kelly also received a nomination for the Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Among her other achievements are competing in the more…

Merit School’s Bone Rangers from Ravinia’s Martin Theatre

A rebroadcast of our live broadcast from Ravinia's Martin Theater in July, 2012.

  Rebroadcast from July, 2012. Introductions presented a live broadcast from Ravinia’s Martin Theatre in Highland Park as part of the Kraft Great Kids concert series. Our program featured some of the finest young trombone players from the Merit School of Music in music you never thought possible for this instrument! Musicians: Jacob Mezera Kevin more…

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Tribute to Lincoln

The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra performs a concert for Independence Day.

Today we featured the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Randall Swiggum, in a program that paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln. Program: Americans we by Henry Fillmore, arranged for orchestra by Randall Swiggum Overture to La Forza del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi American Civil War Fantasy by Jerry Bilik A Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland more…

LIVE: Max Farbman, 18, marimba

Max was a member of MYA for 6 years, and this year was awarded the Barbara Butler/Charles Geyer Named Merit Scholarship.

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Max Farbman is 18 years old and began his percussion studies at the age of 13. He is currently a student of Lia DeRoin and is a member of the Midwest Young Artists (MYA) Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. Max has been a student at MYA for 6 years, and this year was awarded the more…