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Andrew DeWeese, 17, is a rising senior at Charlotte Latin School and began studying violin at the age of 4. He has served as concertmaster in numerous orchestras, including the 2018 Honor Orchestra of America (HOOA) with Maestro Larry Livingston, the 2018 NC Western Regionals Honors Orchestra (WRO), the 2017 Philadelphia International Music Festival, and the Youth Orchestra of Charlotte. This past summer, Andrew spent four weeks as a guest artist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. performing with the National Symphony’s Summer Music Institute Orchestra in concerts featuring Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Strauss’ Don Juan. He has also served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra of Charlotte (YOC) since 2018 and as a first violinist with the 2019 HOOA, 2017 NC All-State, 2017 WRO, YOC, and Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra. Andrew studies with Dr. Ernest Pereira, violinist with the Charlotte Symphony and music director of the YOC, as well as with Marc Rovetti, Assistant Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Especially passionate about chamber music, Andrew co-founded the Charlotte Youth String Quartet (CYSQ) in 2017 and the Charlotte Piano Trio in 2019 to address the lack of professional chamber music in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. With the CYSQ, he organized ten community benefit concerts featuring full quartets from a variety of composers, time periods, and styles throughout the repertoire, including those of Debussy, Tchaikovsky’s Third, Shostakovich’s Eighth, Mozart’s Third Prussian, and Villa Lobos’ Fourth. The Charlotte Piano Trio put on its first concert in the summer of 2019, featuring Brahms’ First Piano Trio, Shostakovich’s Second, and the North Carolina premiere of Servais’ Grand Duo de Concert No. 2 for Violin and Cello. Andrew has vigorously sought to make more known the repertoire of violin and cello duos, having performed Ravel’s Duo over twenty times as well as duos of Kodály, Villa Lobos, and Bach.
Andrew has also performed in orchestras on tour at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, New York’s Carnegie Hall, New York, as well as throughout North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Indiana. He participated in a promotional video filmed and broadcasted by the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and is a percussionist in the Charlotte Latin School Pep Band.
Outside music, Andrew enjoys studying classical languages and chemistry. He has spent two summers working with Dr. Socha at Illium Labs/Queens University and has co-authored a paper published in the Journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry. He studies Attic Greek, Homeric Greek, and Latin, and especially loves the works of Thucydides, Vergil, and Plato. Andrew is Student Body President of Charlotte Latin School and serves regularly on the school’s Model United Nations team at conferences across the nation.
Brian Zhan, 17, is a senior at the Charlotte Country Day School. He has played violin for 13 years and is currently studying with Dr. Ernest Pereira and Victoria Pan. Previously, Brian was the assistant concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra and is currently in the Youth Orchestra of Charlotte. In 2017 and 2018, he was a runner up in the Symphony Guild of Charlotte’s Young Artists Competition in both the junior and senior division. In 2019, he was selected as a finalist in the Hilton Head Concerto Competition. In past years, he has served as associate concertmaster and concertmaster in the Western Regionals Orchestra, concertmaster of the North Carolina All-State Orchestra, and most recently, he was selected to be a participant in the NAFME All-Nationals Symphony Orchestra in Florida.
Over the past summers, Brian has attended music festivals such as the Philadelphia International Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Heifetz International Music Institute. He has studied with renowned faculty such as Ani Kavafian, Elmar Oliveira, Mark Kaplan, Bela Horvath, Kikuei Ikeda, Kimberly Fischer, and Ara Gregorian.
Brooks Finby, 18, is a current senior at Charlotte Latin School. Brooks enjoys playing cello in his school orchestra and has previously played in the Junior Youth Symphony of Charlotte. Outside of strings, Brooks enjoys Model United Nations and has represented his school at various conferences, including Harvard’s, University of Chicago’s, and William & Mary’s. Additionally, Brooks is an Eagle Scout, having just finished his eagle project: a specialized birthday chair and table for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. This past summer, he attended the North Carolina Governor’s School, where he studied social science specializing in the research of mass incarceration. He has also worked with Dr. Malcolm Campbell in the Biology Department of Davidson College for the past three summers. His research in education regarding the amount of active learning within undergraduate biology textbooks is expected to be published in the scientific education journal, Life Sciences Education, this upcoming spring.
Alex Lapuente, 18, is a senior at Charlotte Latin School. Alex began playing piano at the age of four and in the past fourteen years has studied classical, jazz, and progressive rock, taking particular influence from the works of Keith Emerson and Jordan Rudess. Alex has studied cello for three years under the tutelage of Jill Fung and plays with the Youth Orchestra of Charlotte; despite his short time studying the instrument, he has been selected for Western Regional Honors Orchestra thrice and All-State Honors Orchestra twice. Additionally, Alex plays electric and bass guitar, performing as both bassist and keyboardist with his band, Thought Police, several times a year at various festivals across the city. Alex is also an experienced arranger and transcriptionist, whose transcriptions can be found on progbox.wixsite.com/progbox.
Alex recently attended a three-week math and physics immersion program at Columbia University, primarily studying multivariable calculus and classical mechanics. Alex has been a volunteer with Melodic Minors for over two years and in this time has performed in over a dozen concerts with them."
Lane Tayloe, 17, is a current senior at Charlotte Latin School. Lane enjoys playing viola in her school’s orchestra as well as in her school’s string quartet. Outside of strings, she participates in cross country and track and captains the swim team. Lane is also a member of student council where she serves as Student Body Vice President. She works at her local YMCA as a soccer and volleyball referee and as a camp counselor at Camp Wayfarer over the summer. At Wayfarer, she teaches Glee, synchronized swimming, and guitar.
Angelina Tricebock, 17, is a current senior at Providence Day school. She has studied bass and guitar under Cole Millward, and her vocal coach is Danielle Pollman. She is very involved in her school’s musical theatre program, and has been the singer and bassist in a local cover band, the Thought Police, for the past two years. With them, Angelina has performed in many venues around Charlotte, including the Neighborhood Theatre, the Visulite, the Rabbit Hole, and Amos’ Southend. Outside of performing, Angelina is a coding teacher at Code Ninjas, a Mandarin tutor, a senior editor and club organizer for her school’s literary magazine, and a member of her school’s varsity dance team.