Alexander is a senior at Governor Livingston High School who has been in the Bernards Ensemble since 2019. He has been playing cello for around 7 years. He has won prizes for the NLPA Competition, the International Virtuoso Competition, the Young Musicians, the Prima Volta (allowing him to perform at Carnegie Hall), the Vivo International, and the New York Artist International competition. He also won the 1st place as a duo with Minji Kim (member) for the New York International Music Concours. For his orchestras, he has been part of the NJ All state and the Central Jersey Regionals orchestras, the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, and the All-Eastern Orchestra. He also has interned at the GMP Young Artists Summer Music Camp. He is a varsity swimmer for his high school swim team and is part of the National Honors Society. He also be participated in the BU Tanglewood Music Camp summer 2021 and has volunteered at the Praise Korean Cultural Community Center as a teaching assistant since 2019.
Treasurer, Trustee, Piano
Jason is a founding member of the Bernards Ensemble and is a junior at the North Hunterdon Regional High School. He has been playing piano for over seven years and has played the oboe for six years. Jason is also one of the founding members and is an active player of the Bernards Ensemble since 2016. In addition to music, Jason is part of his school’s varsity track team, has practiced and taught taekwondo for more than 11 years, and has played tennis for five years. He is also part of his school’s Unified Peer Leader’s class, where various students are chosen and assist students with special needs during their classes. Jason hopes to bring joy to people through music and sports.
Philip is a senior at Ridge High School. He has played trumpet for nine years and in CJMEA Regions Band for three years. In his free time, he plays tennis for his school’s team and performs with jazz group Dixietones throughout his local community. As part of the Bernards Ensemble, he enjoys spreading joy through his music at service-oriented events. Empowered to interact more with his community, Philip has worked with the Somerset County Democratic Committee to increase voter awareness and participation. He plans to further work for his community through a major in the social sciences.
Vice President, Cello
Ethan is a senior in high school in Livingston, New Jersey. He started playing cello in his school’s music program when he was 9 years old and began to take private lessons 3 years after being charmed by its rich tone that resembled the human vocal range. In his earliest ensemble days, he played at the Lakeland Youth Symphony for 2 years, only to later join the New Jersey Youth Symphony by 2019. He has made it into the Northern NJ Regions Orchestra and has also won first prize in the Concert Festival Competition of 2020. Outside of orchestral music, he appreciates many other different genres of music, his favorites being punk rock and metal, but his all-time favorite artist being Radiohead. Ethan currently has the interest to follow a career path in medicine in psychiatry and is excited to participate in the Bernard Ensemble.
Noah is a sophomore at the Wardlaw Hartridge School who has been a part of the Bernards Ensemble since 2017. He has been playing the cello for 7 years, participating in his previous school’s symphony orchestra as well as independent organizations including Veritas Orchestra. Over the years, Noah has held multiple officer positions in extracurricular activities, and plans to progress the Bernards Ensemble further with his experience.
Minji is a sophomore at Ridge High School. She has served as the concertmaster of school orchestras. Minji performed as a soloist with the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra two times and also performed in the Young Musician's Concert, the Hansoree benefit concert. In 2017-2019, she attended the Heifetz Institute PEG program in Staunton, Virginia during the summer. She has won several competitions and performed at famous venues such as Carnegie and Merkin Hall. Recently she won the 1st prize (Judge’s pick perfect score of 10) in VIVO International Music Competition and the 1st prize “Best Mozart Performance” in the Great Composers Competition. She also won the 1st place as a duo with Alexander Moon (member) for the New York International Music Concours. Minji has attended Manhattan School of Music Precollege since 2017 where she has been studying the violin under Bela Horvath. At the pre-college, she had a master class with Grigory Kalinovsky and won the 2nd prize in the Repertory Strings Concerto competition. She was also awarded the Kate Bamberger Memorial Scholarship, the Hansoree Scholarship and had recipient recitals. Outside of school, she has volunteered as a member of an ensemble and has performed for senior houses and nursing homes. She joined Bernards Ensemble in 2018.
Katherine Zhou is a junior at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights. She has been playing the violin since age 9, and she is a violinist in the New Jersey Youth Symphony, her school orchestra, and her school quartet. Aside from playing the violin, Katherine enjoys playing tennis, drawing, and making trips to Trader Joe's.
Angie is a sophomore at Ridge High School and has been an active member of her district's school orchestras since third grade. Developing a passion for music at a young age, she has been playing piano since first grade and the violin since third grade. Throughout middle school, Angie has been a part of the Central Jersey Regional orchestra, has previously done the Crescendo Competition, and was a member of William Annin Middle School's Philharmonic Orchestra for all three years there. At Ridge High School, Angie is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Besides music, she is an avid hiker and loves to spend her time outdoors. Angie hopes to use the things she's passionate about to spread joy throughout her community.
Hyunsu is a sophomore in Millburn Highschool. She started playing violin when she was in first grade. Since then, she was a member of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra. She also joined the Millburn Middle School's orchestra along with the Select Strings. Currently, she is playing in the Millburn Highschool orchestra. She likes to draw digitally and cooking Korean food.
Sungjun is a sophomore at Princeton High School and is currently attending Manhattan School of Music in the Symphony Orchestra. So far he’s been playing the violin for 8 years. He competed in the NJMTA Spring Competition. He was apart of the William Annin Middle School orchestra as well as the schools Philharmonic program. In Princeton High School he is in the PHS Orchestra. He’s participated in Veritas, a youth orchestra group, Praise Youth Orchestra, and has participated in a few Mockingbird Benefit Concerts. Aside from violin he likes to watch movies, and paint.
David is a freshman at Bridgewater Raritan Highschool. He has been playing the drums for 8 years and Cello for 4 years, and has performed in orchestras like NJ Regional Orchestra, BRMS chamber orchestra, Veritas orchestra, and Praise Youth Orchestra. He has also attended Spring auditions for NJMTA. In addition to music, he is playing hockey on a travel team, and has been vice president for his school. He hopes to bring people joy through his music.
Joie is a freshman at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. She has played the cello for nearly seven years, beginning her studies with Marnie Kaller and Sofia Nowik. She has also played the piano for ten years. Joie is currently studying cello at Juilliard Precollege under the tutelage of Clara Kim. She has been awarded the J and S Berger scholarship at Juilliard and has won gold at the NLPA International Young Artists Competition. Joie has also won the first prize “The Art of Strings” and “Artist of the Year” in the Great Composers Competition, and was principal cellist of the Concert Orchestra at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege where she studied with David Geber. Outside of music, she volunteers in various programs at her church and enjoys cooking.
Philip is a junior at JP Stevens HIgh school and has been playing classical guitar for 6 years. Right now, he attends Manhattan School of Music for classical guitar and is the only one who plays one there in the Precollege at the moment. Other than classical guitar, he can play the more conventional steel string acoustic guitar. At school, he is part of JSA, but not in any of the music programs because most of them don’t have a spot for a guitarist, let alone a classical guitarist. Besides music or school, in his free time he likes to bike with his friends or talk to them online
Ashley is a senior attending Montgomery High School. She has been playing trumpet for 8 years, and has been a part of numerous ensembles, including but not limited to, Brass ensembles, NJ Regional Bands, Jazz bands, Stage bands, and Pit Orchestras. She is also the current president of ROCO(Red Oak Chamber Organization) and YMVA(Youth Musician Volunteer Association), two student-run organizations at her school. Much of her time is spent volunteering for many local children’s programs, such as the Toddler Town Program in Praise Presbyterian Church. Outside of her extracurriculars she enjoys an eclectic variety of ever-changing hobbies.
Stephanie is a Junior at Montgomery High School. She has been accepted into numerous vocal organizations throughout her life including, but not limited to, the New Jersey Honor Choir, New Jersey Regional Choir, and the Chamber Choir at MHS. She often spends her time participating in her school’s volunteer organizations such as UNICEF and Red Cross Club. In her free time, she enjoys recording covers of her favorite songs and writing original songs of her own.
Stephanie is a junior at North Hunterdon High school. Her passion for music started in elementary school when she was accepted into the school’s selective choir, and then the New Jersey Honor Choir. Stephanie also joined the Bernards Ensemble in mid-December of 2019. She is an active participant in both live theater and technical theater and hopes she can spread the joy of the arts to all.
Adrian is a junior at Bridgewater High School. He lived in Korea for around five years and in Germany for about three years. He started to learn piano when he was eight years old and since then he has been practicing piano on and off. He has participated in two competitions in Korea and received two special awards. He also performed piano in multiple special events. He also practiced the cello for about four years and performed in a few school concerts in Germany. Other than music, Adrian is into art and coding. He spends time learning how to code and hopes that he will be able to help others with coding in the future.
Evan is a 8th grader at William Annin Middle School. As the brother of a person with special needs, he firmly believes in the mission of the Bernards Ensemble. He has been studying piano with Marcia Maull for 8 years, and has won multiple awards in the annual piano competitions of the Music Educators Association of New Jersey. He will be studying piano at the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music this coming year. He also plays violin in orchestras at William Annin Middle School. Evan is passionate about mathematics, qualifying in 2021 for the national Mathcounts competition and the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad. In addition, he enjoys playing chess and tennis.
Joseph is a junior at Bernards High, has been playing the piano for over 5 years. He went to Dorney Park to perform with his old school jazz band. In addition to music, he plays for his school’s soccer team, his school’s winter and spring track team, and he attends the NJ school of archery. He enjoys spreading positivity and joy through music and other activities. He also likes to make other people smile and happy through music..
Michael is a sophomore at Ridge High School. He has been playing jazz and classical piano for the past 7 years. He has won various competitions and performed at recitals, including the Piano Teachers Society of America (PTSA) Competition in the Popular Styles category. Besides playing the piano, Michael has been practicing Taekwondo for 7 years and has a 2nd-degree black belt. He aspires to become a Taekwondo instructor and is therefore training to become one..
Austin is currently studying the violin and viola under Bela Horvath of the Manhattan School of Music. He served as concertmaster in various orchestras and performed solo concertos multiple times. Austin has won awards as both a soloist and a chamber musician in competitions such as the Coltman Chamber Music Concert at UT Austin, the "Rome" Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, the Sinfonietta Nova Young Concert Artists Competition, and the YWCA New York International Music Competition. He is a sophomore at Columbia University and plans to major in Economics and Public Health.
Sean is currently studying Finance and Consulting at Emory University. He has played the cello since the age of 7, performing as a soloist and member of numerous orchestras. He has performed in performance halls such as Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Wiener Musikverein in Austria. At Emory University, Sean is part of the Asian Culture Club, Korean American Student Association, and iMentor program.
Ethan is a sophomore at Hamilton College. He is passionate about the French horn on the Wind Ensemble, swimming, and volunteering. He was a captain for the high school swim Team, swims competitively for the Somerset Hills YMCA Swim Team, and actively volunteers for Saturdays in Motion at the YMCA.
Jimmy is a sophomore at Duke University, where he studies public policy. He has been playing both the cello and the piano, and he has been a member of the Bernards Ensemble since its creation. Outside of performing at events, he also helps publicize the Bernards Ensemble’s events and even once serving as its host. Outside of the Bernards Ensemble, he also serves as an officer in the Ridge Symphony Orchestra and plays piano recreationally. Above all, Jimmy enjoys serving as a voice and communicator for the less privileged and is committed to creating positive change in his community both through music and through other avenues.
Karen is a sophomore at Northwestern University. She has been involved with music since the age of 7 and has since learned piano, flute, oboe, guitar, ukulele, and a little bit of cello. She has played in the New Jersey Youth Symphony, in her high school wind ensemble, and she was also a member of the Tri M Music Honors Society. Apart from music, she was a 4-year varsity high school track athlete competing in hurdles and jumps, and also served as student body secretary and treasurer for the National Honors Society. She is majoring in communications and plans to minor in music technology.
Brandon is attending NYU with the class of 2025. He has played cello for nine years and has participated in the All States Orchestra, Regional Orchestra, School Chamber and Symphony Orchestra, and New York Youth Symphony. In addition to orchestras and symphonies, Brandon has taken part in multiple volunteer orchestras and events such as PEC and ARC, as well as music festivals such as the Summit Music Festival in Manhattanville. In addition to music, Brandon is a part of clubs such as the Youth Advisory Council for the Congressman, Project Sunshine Non-Profit, and other assorted clubs.
Jessica is currently studying Hotel Administration at the Cornell Hotel School. She has played the violin since 1st grade, and enjoys cooking and the arts. During high school, she participated in her school orchestra as well as the New Jersey Youth Symphony. At Cornell, Jessica is now a part of several student organizations, and hopes to continue violin.
Carys is a freshman at Northeastern University College of Engineering. She has been playing violin for 11 years and has been engaged in many orchestras including New Jersey Youth Symphony and her school’s symphony orchestra. She has also performed at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall and Princeton University’s Alexander Hall. Outside of music, she is a four-year varsity tennis player and the Captain of the Ridge Girls Tennis Team, as well as the founder and director of Feed to Give, a nonprofit organization. She is a committed individual and loves to take leadership roles in the activities she is passionate about, and especially in music.
Eric takes passion in playing the alto saxophone as well as tenor saxophone. Eric participates in many different kinds of bands such as the Bridgewater-Raritan Monday Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble, The Jazz House Kids Big Band, Elefante’s Allstar Jazz Band, NJ Region II Jazz Band, and many more. Eric loves playing the saxophone and he wants to use his talent to bring joy and happiness to many people. Eric thinks being part of the Bernard’s Ensemble is an honor and he is very happy to be a proud member of the organization.
Julie is currently studying Studio Art and Psychology at Lafayette College. She has played piano for four years and started singing in 5th grade, and enjoys baking and painting. During high school, Julie participated in Track and Field, and now she is currently a member of the Lafayette Track and Field team.
Alexandra is a freshman at Columbia University. She has been under the tutelage of Lorraine Nubar and Cynthia Sanner of The Juilliard School and most recently under Martha Elliot of Princeton University. Alexandra has also studied at the Académie Internationale D'eté de Nice in Nice, France. She was recently cast in her first professional opera with the regional opera company Light Opera of New Jersey in their production of Die Fledermaus and has been showcased in their pre-professional showcase Basking in Light. Having a passion for connecting with others through music, Alexandra is thrilled to be a member of the Bernards Ensemble.
Daniel is a freshman at Northeastern University. He has been playing the piano for 8 years now. Although he primarily played the piano for fun, he now has a dedication to use his talent for the community, hence why he has joined the Bernards Ensemble. He believes that he should use his skills for the greater good because he can, even if they aren't much. Besides the piano, Daniel also enjoys practicing archery, reading, and modifying nerf blasters. He looks forward to exploring and obtaining more skills in the future.
Helen is currently studying at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University under the tutelage of Molly Barth. At the Blair School, Helen has played principal flute in the Vanderbilt Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Helen is involved in chamber music as a member of a woodwind quintet. Previously, Helen studied with Soo-Kyung Park at the Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College division. Helen has performed at Carnegie Hall and at the New York Flute Fair and has won awards including First Prize at the MSM Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion Concerto Competition, the New York Flute Club Young Musicians Contest, and the Elite International Music Competition.
Helen has participated as a performer at The Consummate Flutist at Carnegie-Mellon University and Aria Summer Academy. This past summer, she visited Colombia with the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony for an immersion experience.