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katarina stephan

Founder
Pianist, trumpeter, vocalist

Katarina Stephan is a senior at Milton Academy. She has been playing piano for 13 years and is a student of Irina Gilman. In 2014, Katarina passed the grade 8 ABRSM examination after studying under the Ip Piano School. She also plays trumpet and is a student of Kevin Tracey. She was selected for the Mass Music Educator Association Eastern District annual performance in 2018.

In 2016 Katarina volunteered at a Boston charter school and found there was limited funding available for the music program. In 2017, she experienced the power of music when she went on the Milton Academy Jazz Tour in South Africa. She is passionate about music and believes it has the power to bring people together and provide comfort. Her goal through The VIBE Program is to make music programs available to charter schools in the Boston area. 

 
 

Caitlin Waugh

Director of Operations

Caitlin Waugh is a junior at Milton Academy and has been studying flute for eight years as a student of Donald Zook. She was selected in 2015 as 1st flute 4th chair in the Mass Music Education Association Southeastern Districts Performance. She has also been a member of the largest flute symphony in the country at the South Shore Conservatory for the past five years. She has been studying voice for six years and has participated in numerous musicals and productions over the past seven years.

 
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Adrian Anantawan

Advisory Board Member

Canadian born violinist and educator Adrian Anantawan holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a violinist, he has studied with Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, and Anne-Sophie Mutter; his academic work in education was supervised by Howard Gardner. Memorable moments include performances at the White House, the Opening Ceremonies of the Athens and Vancouver Olympic Games and the United Nations. He has played for the late Christopher Reeve and for Pope John Paul II, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Adrian has performed extensively in Canada as a soloist with the Orchestras of Toronto, Nova Scotia, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. He has also presented feature recitals at the Aspen Music Festival, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the White House. He has also represented Canada as a cultural ambassador in the 2006 Athens Olympics, and was a feature performer at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.  Active within his community, Adrian helped to create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre. The cross-collaborative project brings researchers, musicians, doctors and educators together to develop adaptive musical instruments capable of being played by young person with disabilities within a chamber music setting.  From 2012-2016, he was the co-Director of Music at the Conservatory Lab Charter School, serving students from the Boston area, kindergarten through grade eight. Adrian is a Juno Award nominee, a member of the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and was awarded a Diamond Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to the Commonwealth.

 
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ANDY ZHANG

Operations Board member

Andy is another board member of Vibe, who is a sophomore boarder at Milton from Saudi Arabia. In Kindergarten, he started playing music on the violin and had opportunities to join a choir and marimba group in his elementary school. Now, he is involved with orchestra at school, where he plays the tuba, and some acapella groups/theatrical productions, where he sings. Music has been a big part of his life; he thus joined Vibe to help others who don't have the same privileges and opportunities to ensure that everyone can experience the life-changing benefits of music.


 
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Anne Kwok

Operations Board member

Anne Kwok is a sophomore at Milton Academy and has been playing the piano since she was four. She was introduced to music by her mother, a pianist with an ABRSM diploma. Anne achieved Grade 8 ABRSM examination in 2016.

She was a runner up in piano in two annual Hong Kong Music Festivals.

Anne has played the flute for 9 years and is currently involved in the Chamber Orchestra at Milton, as well volunteering weekly with the middle school orchestra. Aside from the piano and flute, she has taken ukulele lessons and has performed in several theatrical musicals.

 
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Sebastian Park

Operations Board Member

Sebastian Park is a sophomore at Milton Academy who is delighted to be a part of this wonderful program. While he started studying classical piano at age six, he began his passion of studying jazz music in seventh grade under Mark Vialva, which has since become his favorite music genre. He has been studying classical music for nine years with Inna Muravnik. He also began studying jazz trumpet two years ago and has since studied under Josiah Reibstein, Mark Vialva, and Dave Burdett privately. Outside of private lessons, Sebastian has previously participated in the Park School Jazz Band, the Milton Academy High School jazz program, and Jamey Aebersold jazz programs. He also unconventionally plays bass and is a self-taught beatboxer. Sebastian believes that jazz, through its complexity and depth, can greatly benefit the human mind and heart. Through the VIBE program, Sebastian hopes to spread his love and passion for this underappreciated genre of music to the greater Boston area to not only benefit the world of jazz, but also the audiences.

 
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Christian Westphal

Finance Board Member

Christian Westphal is a sophomore at Milton Academy. He has been playing the cello for a decade, having begun the day he turned 6. While in 8th grade, Christian was accepted in the NEC program, where he participated in one of the advanced string orchestras. In his freshman year, he auditioned for the internationally touring Milton Academy chamber orchestra, with which he traveled to Florence and Rome in March 2018. This year, Christian began his role as the principal cellist of the orchestra.

Christian has frequently volunteered while at Milton Academy. There, he is a board member of the community engagement program, where he helps organize community service opportunities for the school's students. However, his passion for music inspired him to join the VIBE program; in this way, he can help out a community while spreading his love for music.

 
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Samantha Cody

Finance Board Member

Samantha Cody is a junior at Milton Academy. She has been playing the violin for eleven years and is currently studying at South Shore Conservatory with Daphne Manavopoulos. Outside of Milton Academy’s Chamber Orchestra, Samantha also played with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra (BaYS) for five years with Joan Landry, Elijah Langille, and Phaedra Sassano. Samantha was the 3rd chair first violin in the 2016 Southeastern Junior Districts Performance.

 
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Mark PAnG

Development Board Member

Mark Pang is a junior at Milton Academy from Hong Kong. He has been playing the violin for the last eight years starting off in Hong Kong International School’s orchestra for the first five years and continuing at the Milton Academy orchestra. Mark has participated in local orchestra competitions in Hong Kong and performs at the VIBE program performances. His passion for music originated from his older brother, who used to play the violin as well.

 
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SHiloh liu

Development Board Member

Shiloh Liu is a freshman at Milton Academy and is a student of Jacques Lee Wood. She has been playing the cello for six years since she was in third grade, and her love for cello has grown ever since. Shiloh has played Julius Klengel’s Concertino in C, Joseph Haydn’s Divertimento in D and Cello Concerto in C. Her current repertoire includes the Hungarian Rhapsody and the Lalo Concerto. Outside of private lessons, she participates in the Milton Academy high school orchestra and is looking forward to joining the chamber orchestra. Shiloh is always ready to try new pieces and perform them through the VIBE program.

 
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Evelyn Cao

Development Board Member

Evelyn Cao is a freshman at Milton Academy and has been playing music for eight years. She started the violin in 2013 and switched to viola in 2017. Besides participating in her school orchestra, she has also played in the 2018 California All State Orchestra as a middle schooler and is currently first chair of the Milton Academy freshman orchestra.

 
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Nicholas Choi

Development Board Member

Nicholas (Nic) Choi is a junior at Milton Academy. He has been playing the violin for ten years. In 2015 and 2016, Nic was selected as a member for the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) music festival in Asia, serving as the fifth chair first violin in 2016. Outside of playing in Milton Academy’s Chamber Orchestra, Nic has also studied with Kyoko Horowitz at the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston.