I am a first-year economics major at Harvard College and co-founder of EllisVillage, a community arts engagement venture. During the summer of 2020, I partnered with Science Explorers‘ Sparks Foundation and Harvard SPARK, supporting the organization’s fundraising initiatives. I’ve taught elementary-aged kids for Science Explorers and in West Philadelphia as a Play Captain. I’ve interned with local game developers and created event programming for the Penn Museum as a Teen Ambassador.
I am a 2020 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award winner and performed on NPR From the Top national radio show. A current bassist in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, I attended Juilliard Pre-College in New York, studying with Tim Cobb and Albert Laszlo, and also served as co-principal bass in the University of Pennsylvania’s college orchestras and the Youth Chamber Orchestra at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. In May 2019, Temple’s Youth Chamber Orchestra performed “Coliphant,” written for me—the first commission in the organization’s 50-year history. I also played upright and electric bass in the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program for Jazz. I am a two-time attendee of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra-2 (NYO2) program, and I have attended summer programs at Interlochen, BUTI, Brevard, Luzerne Music Center, and Curtis Summerfest.
I am a 2020 NAACP ACT-SO national qualifier in Contemporary Music. I am also a 2019 Philadelphia NAACP ACT-SO Gold level classical winner and 2018 recipient of the Bruce Montgomery Foundation’s Springboard Award. I’m a three-time recipient of the Marian Anderson Grant and performed with my quintet and with the house band at their gala honoring Dionne Warwick.
I participated in WHYY’s Documentary Production program and have been featured in ads for Adventure Aquarium, Smith Memorial Playground, and the Please Touch Museum.