I just wanted to thank you for everything you have given me. MYA made me a better musician, better friend, better daughter, and most of all a better self. I am so grateful for everything you taught me.
Our Alumni helped create the history of MYA, so we consider them an essential and permanent part of our membership. Not all MYA graduates pursue a career in music, but many do; all students have been impacted by their MYA participation and all have had an impact on their coaches and peers.
Congratulations to the newest members of the alumni family, the class of 2012.
2013 Annual Alumni Concert
Don't miss out on the fun at this year's alumni concert! Sign up to play in either the Alumni Orchestra or Big Band by following this link.
Thursday, December 26th 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. (MYA Center)
Friday, December 27th 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. (Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia)
Friday, December 27th 7:00 p.m. (Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia)
Click here to download the Music (requires log in).
Distinguished Alumni in the Music World!
- Ethan Bensdorf (’03 Alum, trumpet) 2nd Trumpet, New York Philharmonic
- David Binder ('08 Alum, trombone) Co-Principal Trombone, Finnish National Opera
- Jeremy Black (’96 Alum, violin) Concertmaster, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra; Member of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
- Stuart Bogie (’93 Alum, clarinet) Antibalas (Afrobeat Orchestra); guest artist with Medeski Martin & Wood and many other renowned musicians!
- Anna Burden (’02 Alum, cello) Associate Principal Cello, Montreal Symphony
- Dan Carson ('10 Alum, bass) Principal Bass, Alabama Symphony Orchestra
- David Cohen ('06 Alum, trumpet) Principal Trumpet, Tucson Symphony
- John Dahlstrand (’95 Alum, bass) Assistant Principal Bass, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, France
- Michael and John Fatum ('08 Alum, trumpet and percussion), Founders and Leaders of Fatum Brothers' Jazz Orchestra
- Gwen Fisher ('01, viola) Violist, London Philharmonia Orchestra, See Video of Gwen in this Philharmonia Project.
- Carrie Dennis (’95 Alum, viola) Principal Viola, Los Angeles Philharmonic
- Gina DiBello (’00 Alum, violin) First Violin, Chicago SymphonyOrchestra
- Alisa Jordheim ('03, voice) Soprano Young Artists with Milwaukee Florentine. See Alisa's Website.
- Karen Kim (’01 Alum, violin) Parker String Quartet, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
- Adam Kromelow ('07 Alum, piano), Jazz Pianist based in New York
- Kate Lewis (’97 Alum, viola) Professor of Viola, Illinois State University; Principal Viola, Peoria Symphony Orchestra
- Kate Massagli Black (’96 Alum, violin) Member, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra
- Tai Murray (MYA Alum, violin) Tai participated in MYA's Chamber Music Program at LFCDS in early years before she went on to early admission at Indiana University.Soloist currently based in Berlin, See her website.
- Doug Rosenthal ('04 Trombone)Trombone, Kennedy Center Opera House/Washington National Opera Orchestra
- Robert Bassill (’97 Alum, violin) Orchestra Director, Lake Forest High School; Chamber Music Program Coordinator, Midwest Young Artists
- Jessie Reagen (’97 Alum, cello) Faculty, BIMA at Brandeis University; guest artist with rap stars Kanye West, Jay-Z, and many other renowned musicians!
- Nathan Sackschewsky ('02 Alum, violin)MYA Young Music Scholars Program Coordinator
- Andrew Senn (’97 Alum, bass) Director of Music and Organist, First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia
- Madeline Sharp -07 Alum, viola) Fellow at The New World Symphony