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  • ORCHESTRA BIOGRAPHIES ARGENTINA COSTANZA GOLDENBERG THIERY Violinist Costanza Goldenberg Thiery has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Orquesta Juvenil Municipal de Gral San Martin, Orquesta de Cmara Municipal de la Plata, and Camerata de Radio Cultura. She is the former concertmaster of Orquesta Juvenil Nacional del Bicentenario. In 2013, she participated in the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, and in 2015, she was invited to perform Mozarts Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Orquesta de la Universidad Catlica Argentina. Costanza was awarded second prize in the Young Artist Competition of Washington. She has been a member of the Orquesta Estable de Teatro Argentino de la Plata since 2011. BELIZE COURTNEY GILLETT Courtney Gillett began her violin studies at the Pallotti School of Music in Belize. She has a Diploma in Music Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London and a minor in Music from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Courtney was the first Belizean to become a member of YOA and has participated in two tours. She is a certified Suzuki instructor and currently teaches violin and viola at the Pallotti School of Music. She is scheduled to attend the University of North Florida to complete her Bachelor's in Music Performance this year. BOLIVIA KATHERINE VELASQUEZ Katherine Velasquez received her BM Magna Cum Laude from Boston University and is pursuing her MM at the University of Southern California, where she is the Paul Owen McLarand Memorial Music Scholarship recipient. Katherine has been a flute fellow at the National Music Festival and the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute. Currently, Katherine holds the 3rd flute/piccolo chair with the YMF Debut Orchestra and performs with the American Youth Symphony, the Colburn Symphony Orchestra, and the Thornton EDGE New Music Ensemble. BRAZIL JESSICA ADRIANA DOS SANTOS ORNAGHI Percussionist Jessica dos Santos is currently a member of the Baccarelli Institute in Brazil, where she has studied with Ruben Zuniga and performed with the Heliopolis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Isaac Karabtchevsky. She received her BM in percussion performance from the University of So Paulo, where she studied with Eliana Sulpicio and Ricardo Bologna. Other teachers include Adrian Tonon and Luis Fernando Teixeira.

  • GABRIEL POLYCARPO Gabriel Polycarpo holds a MM in Viola Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a BM from Rio Grande do Sul University in Brazil. He has performed with various chamber and symphonic groups, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the World Youth Orchestra, and YOA Orchestra of the Americas. Gabriel won the 2016 National Viola Competition in Paraba, Brazil; 2015 Indiana University Concerto Competition for Viola; 2014 Indiana University Kuttner Quartet Competition; 2012 Porto Alegre Symphony Orchetra Concerto Competition; and 2010 SESI/Fundarte Concerto Competition. DAVID SANTOS David Santos began his musical studies at age 14 on trumpet, switching to trombone a year later after joining the NEOJIBA program in Bahia, Brazil. He has performed as a member of the Bahia Youth Orchestra, including touring in the United States and Europe, and was also a member of the International Youth Orchestra, with whom he performed at the United Nationas anniversary celebration in New York. He has participated in masterclasses with Miguel Sanchez, Bart Claessens, Andrea Bandini, and Reymond Munnecon, among others. David is currently pursuing his Bachelors degree in trombone at UFBA. CANADA CAROLINE BUCHER Caroline Bucher began her instrumental music studies at age five on piano, before moving on to percussion at age twelve. She has played timpani and percussion with the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Canadian Mennonite Orchestra. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Music Performance at the University of Manitoba. In addition to her studies, she works at Henry G. Izatt Middle School as an Educational Assistant in the band program and teaches percussion at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts. STPHANIE CAPLETTE A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Stphanie Caplette holds a MM from the Conservatory of Montreal. She is a core member of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Halifax-based Trio Ciel, and recently joined Consortium Aurora Borealis, a Thunder Bay-based Baroque chamber ensemble. Stphanie has studied on scholarship at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Orford Arts Centre, and also competed at Montreals prestigious Prix dEurope. She is actively engaged in the local Thunder Bay community through volunteering and teaching music, transmitting her passion to students of all ages.

  • KATRINA CHITTY Beginning her musical studies at the age of four, Katrina Chitty enjoyed performing on violin and piano for numerous years before switching to viola. With a BM from Wilfrid Laurier University and a MM from McGill University, Katrina has studied with many different teachers across Canada, as well as internationally. Katrina has worked in many different musical fields throughout her career, the most unique circumstance being an entertainer on a cruise ship and recently being featured on the "Assassin's Creed" video game soundtrack. This passion for music and travel allowed her to experience many cultures, different musical traditions, and a fascination for bringing people together through a common interest. Currently, she performs with orchestras as a freelance musician. TALIA HATCHER Talia Hatcher was accepted to the Conservatory of Music of Montreal in 2010 to study double bass and was chosen by the Conservatory on two separate occasions to participate in the series of concerts Virtuose en herbe. In 2013, Talia was a finalist and recipient of a grant from the Canadian Music Competition where she received fourth place, and in 2014, she participated in a tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. She is currently a member of the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, working with guest conductors including Julian Kuerti, Kent Nagano, and Yannick Nzet-Sguin, among others. ALEXANDRE LAVOIE Alexandre Lavoie is currently completing his Master's degree in Percussion at Universit Laval, where he has performed with various ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Orchestra, the Baroque Music Ensemble, and the Percussion Ensemble, in addition to several other professional music ensembles. Alexandre recently participated in prestigious competitions including the Canadian Music Competition, in which he earned first prize as a soloist, and the OSM Standard Life Competition, where he won second prize in percussion, the award for best performance of a Canadian work, and a scholarship for a program at the Banff Centre. JULIE ROCHUS French horn player, Julie Rochus, has performed and taught across Canada, the United States, and Latin America. Her most recent orchestral experiences include performing as Principal Horn with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and Section Horn with Sinfonia Da Camera. Julie was a member of YOA in 2013 and 2015, and is also an alumna of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the National Academy Orchestra, and MusAid. Additionally, she was a solo competition prize winner at the 2014 International Womens Brass Conference. Currently, Julie is a Teaching Artist with Sistema New Brunswick, a member of Tutta Musica, and performs with Symphony New Brunswick.

  • JULIEN SIINO Canadian cellist Julien Siino has performed in La Cour des Grands, a TV show hosted by Gregory Charles on TVA network. In 2011, he received a full scholarship for the International Domaine Forget Academy, as well as a scholarship from Canadian radio station Radio-Classique Qubec after obtaining first prize in the Petit Mozart Audi Sainte-Foy Competition. On two occasions, Julien has been a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition. As a member of the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of Canada, he performed in Canadas major concert halls. Julien is currently completing his undergraduate studies in Cello Performance at the Conservatoire de musique in Qubec. CHILE CAMILA VERONICA DEL POZO SIERRALTA Camila Del Pozo graduated with honors from the Instituto de Msica de la Universidad Catlica in Chile in 2012 with a concentration in oboe performance. She has participated in festivals including the Klassiak Festival Sommersprossen in Rottweil, Germany, Festival fr Neue Musik in Donaueschingen, Germany, and Spitalfields Music Festival in London, England, and has been invited to perform with orchestras including the Britten Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and Ictus Academy in Brussels. In 2015, Camila participated in the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and began performing as Co-Principal and Second Oboe with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Currently, she is a student at the Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany. CLAUDIO ESPEJO Claudio Espejo began piano lessons at the age of twelve in his hometown of Temuco, Chile. He is a prize winner in the Claudio Arrau International Piano Competition and the Flora Guerra National Piano Competition, among others. In 2013, he received the Audience Prize in the Thousands Islands International Piano Competition. He has performed in masterclasses with Mia Chung, Monique Duphil, and Malcolm Bilson, among others. In 2016, he performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in the Teatro Municipal in Temuco. Claudio holds a BM from Eastman and a MM from the University of Michigan, where he will pursue a Doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. DIEGO PATRICIO LLANOS CAMPOS Chilean bassoonist Diego Llanos has completed music programs at the Music School of Pontificia at the Catholic University of Chile, IUNA Departamento