Class of 2019 - 2020 Accolades


Cellist Sajdah Muhammad performed with the South Side Chicago Youth Orchestra this summer, and received the opportunity to be interviewed and appear on ABC news.  

Tune in to hear Sajdah’s compelling story.


Cellist Jan Nedvetsky played live this morning on ABC’s Windy City Live celebrating Amazing Kids. The show will be repeated at 11pm tonight. Jan performed the Courante from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major by Bach.


Cellist Mia Wimbiscus will be featured on "Introductions" on September 28. Introductions is WFMT’s weekly Saturday morning radio program that features talented pre-college classical musicians in the Chicago area.  

Mia’s program:

Pampeana No 2., Rhapsody for cello and piano, op 21 by Alberto Ginastera

Sonata in D Minor by Claude Debussy 

Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky


Piano student Eriko Darcy will be featured on the 9th Annual Franz Liszt Birthday Gala Concert next month in Nichols Concert Hall. Watch for more information regarding tickets.


Summer Highlights


Katya Moeller, violinist in the Avita Duo, was featured in concerts across the globe this summer, appearing with her mother, pianist Ksenia Nosikova.

Isabella Brown won 3rd prize in July at the 2019 Thomas & Evon Cooper International Violin Competition – in Oberlin, Ohio, United States.  


Katya Moeller, student of Almita Vamos, won GRAND PRIZE in the ENKOR International Music Competition, Violin, 6th Edition.


Sidney Lee, student of I-Hao Lee, won 1st prize in ENKOR, Category B, ages 11-15.

ENKOR provides students with the unique opportunity to get heard and recognized by hundreds of professionals and influential people in the music industry. ENKOR is the only competition with a Jury Board consisting of 500+ members from 70+ countries on 6 continents!


News from Aspen: Violinists Noelle Naito and Katya Moeller, students of Almita Vamos, performed in a master class with violinist Paul Huang, recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists.