About Us

Advisory Board

Chaya Czernowin, Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music, Harvard University

Aaliyah El-Amin, Lecturer on Education, Harvard University

Howard Gardner, The John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education
Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Vijay Iyer, Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts, Harvard University

Benjamin Levy ’69, Affiliate Lowell House

Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Rieman and Baketel Fellow for Music, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

 

Music Director

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American musician Nathaniel Meyer has been hailed as having “…the musical imagination and the physical gifts of a born conductor.” (Richard Dyer, Boston Globe critic emeritus). He is currently working as Musical Assistant to Maestro Benjamin Zander, with whom he has toured multiple times to Europe, South America, and the Middle East. In America, he has assisted Maestro Zander at Symphony Hall in Boston, Sanders Theater in Cambridge, and Carnegie Hall. At age 26, Nathaniel has already conducted professional orchestras in the United States, South America, and in Europe, including the Thüringer Philharmoniker and the Brandenburger Symphoniker in Germany, the Camerata Antonio Soler in Spain, and the Philharmonic “Mihail Jora” in Romania.

Born in Boston into a musical family, Nathaniel began his studies with piano and trumpet, attending the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he first met Benjamin Zander and performed in his Youth Philharmonic as first trumpet and as a substitute with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. During high school, Nathaniel studied trumpet with Albert DiPietro and Metropolitan Opera trumpeter James Pandolfi, performing in masterclasses with international virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger. He won 1st Prize at the National Trumpet Competition and the International Trumpet Guild Youth Competition, and was acclaimed by the Boston Globe for his “spirit, accuracy, feeling, and beautiful tone.” As a student at Yale, where he received his Bachelor of Arts and studied trumpet with Professor Allan Dean, his musical mentors included renowned American musicologist James Hepokoski, Charles Ives conductor-scholar James Sinclair, and conductor Toshiyuki Shimada. He performed as Principal Trumpet and Assistant Conductor of the Yale Symphony. In addition to music, Nathaniel studied German language, literature, and philosophy while at Yale and for a summer at Universität Heidelberg, in Heidelberg, Germany. During his studies at Yale, he also pursued interests in psychology and the history of art.

Nathaniel has studied conducting with Maestro Zander in masterclasses in London and Rotterdam, at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, and the Järvi Academy for Conductors, where he learned from Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, and Leonid Grin. Nathaniel was the winner of the inaugural Vincent C. LaGuardia Conducting Competition and a finalist and prizewinner of the American Prize in Conducting. Nathaniel received the Wrexham Prize in Music from Yale and the Artistic Excellence Award from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with David Effron and Arthur Fagen, earning a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting and serving as assistant conductor of the Opera and Ballet Theater.

He currently lives in Boston where in addition to his work with Maestro Zander and the Boston Philharmonic, he is the conductor of the Belmont Festival Orchestra and the newly appointed Orchestra Director at the St. Marks School.

Co-founder & Executive Director       

Cueva

Peruvian-American violinist Karen Cueva is an avid performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. She has been privileged to perform on stages such as Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the Royal Opera House of Muscat (Oman),under the batons of renowned conductors Alan Gilbert, James DePreist, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Itzhak Perlman, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Last season, Ms. Cueva performed alongside members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for The Scheherezade Initiative at Carnegie Hall to raise awareness and funds for United Nations global initiatives to end violence against women. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Cueva earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees under the tutelage of Professor Lewis Kaplan.  In 2015, she was recognized with Juilliard’s Joseph W. Polisi Award for exemplifying the values of an “Artist as Citizen”. She is the 2017 recipient of the McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award for Community Outreach and Music Education, as well as the 2017 From The Top Arts Leadership Grant.

An advocate for social justice through music education, Ms. Cueva has taught in various non profit organizations and public schools in Boston and New York City as a teaching artist and violin teacher. In 2016, Ms. Cueva graduated with her Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University. As a member of the Arts in Education graduate cohort, Ms. Cueva focused her studies on the intersection of race, excellence, and equity in music education. She is the co-founder of the Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard, a chamber orchestra devoted to fostering inclusion through diversity of musicianship, socially conscious programming of traditionally marginalized composers, and educational outreach for underserved youth. Ms. Cueva currently works as the Manager of Learning & Engagement Programs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute while maintaining a freelancing performing career in the heart of New York City.

Concertmaster

Tony Morales A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Tony Morales has recently relocated to Boston after completing his Masters of Music with emphasis in performance at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Tony held an assistantship in the MU Graduate String Quartet, served as concertmaster of the MU philharmonic, and facilitated leadership roles in the Columbia Civic Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for a Young People’s Concert, as the winner of the Emerging Artists competition, with the University of Maryville, and with Webster University as winner of their annual concerto competition. Recently, Tony performed as soloist with the MU Chamber Soloists in a multi-media presentation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons under the baton of Brazilian Guest Artist Evgeni Ratchev. Tony has been recipient of the Allen Carl Larson Endowed Scholarship at Webster University, The Catherine and Rogers Whitemore String Award, the Leah L. Emmons Orchestral Award, and winner of the prestigious Zoltan Szekely Performance Award at the University of Missouri. Currently, Tony performs with the Boston Civic Symphony, the Cape Anne Symphony, the Du Bois Orchestra as Harvard-sitting concertmaster, and the Missouri Symphony during their Hot Summer Nights Festival. In addition to performing, Tony also spends many hours teaching through the El Sistema program in Somerville and with the Boston String Academy. Tony has had the privilege to perform in masterclasses for musicians such as; Ray Chen, Sherry Kloss, Mimi Zweig, Donald Weilerstein, the Philharmonia Quartet Berlin, and David Halen. Tony has studied privately with Lucy Kaymakanova, Amy Oshiro, David Gillham, and Eva Szekely.

2016-2017 Season

Flute
Yu Han Chen, Julie Morris, Joseph LaRocca

Oboe

Sachito Murata, Tegan Sutherland

Clarinet
Shuyan Jin, Raúl Marcano, Tiffany Ye

Bassoon

Amy Seibel, Ben Williams

French Horn
Emily Wiebe, Joe Scriva

Trumpet

Laura Bibbs, Matthew Nishida

Trombone
Jelly Chan, Roger Hecht, Peter Cook

Timpani/Percussion

Mike Tucker

Piano

Kalden Alexander

Violin

Karen Cueva, Kelvin Fong, William Joo, Tony Morales, Avery Normandin, Amanda Roth

Viola

Shadron Davis, Mary Hecht

Violoncello

Alan Toda-Ambaras, Michael Wu

Bass
Christian Lin, Robin Rhodes