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Andrew DeWeese is a junior at Charlotte Latin School and began studying violin at the age of 4. He has served as concertmaster of the 2018 Honor Orchestra of America with Maestro Larry Livingston, concertmaster of the 2018 NC Western Regionals Honors Orchestra, concertmaster at the 2017 Philadelphia International Music Festival, and first violinist with the 2017 NC All-State, Western Regionals Honors Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestra of Charlotte. Andrew studies with Dr. Ernest Pereira, violinist with the Charlotte Symphony and music director of the Youth Orchestras of Charlotte, as well as with Marc Rovetti, Assistant Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. This summer, he will be traveling to Australia amongst other musicians from 43 states and 7 countries across the world as part of the 2018 Honors Performance Series Symphony Orchestra, which culminates in a concert at the Sydney Opera House. Additionally, Andrew has performed in orchestras throughout North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and in Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has also participated in a promotional video filmed and broadcasted by the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Andrew is additionally a current and founding member of the Charlotte Youth String Quartet, which puts on a season of free concerts for the community each year.
Brooks Finby is a current junior 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 and William & Mary’s. Additionally, Brooks is currently obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout, having just finished his eagle project: a specialized birthday chair and table for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. 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 interpretation and data in undergraduate biology textbooks is expected to be published in the scientific education journal, Life Sciences Education, this upcoming spring.
Aron Stornaiuolo is a current sophomore at South Mecklenburg High School. Aron is a talented young musician with an “old soul.” Aron has studied guitar under Dale Eckholm, Stan Jacques, & Troy Conn. His vocal coach is Dawn Anthony. Aron is actively involved with the South Mecklenburg High School Jazz band, Jazz Arts Initiative, Charlotte Folk Society, and the Sharon Presbyterian Youth Ensemble. Aron has performed at the Mint Museum, Spirit Square, The Jazz Room, McGlohon Theater, The Knight's Stadium, Festival in the Park, Cotswold Farmer's Market, various other venues and also with the Charlotte Jazz Orchestra.