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2011 Iowa Makes Music Arts Leaders
The Iowa Makes Music Arts Leader Program provides high school age classical musicians with intensive arts leadership training and one-on-one mentoring that empowers students to develop and lead their own arts leadership project in their home communities. Learn more about their projects on their blog.
Emma Azelborn 16, of Cedar Rapids, is a junior at Washington High School and plays the piano, flute, and sings. She'll combine her skills in music making and film production to create a public service announcement for an organization working to rehabilitate downtown Cedar Rapids from the devastating flood of 2008.
David Bernat, 14, of Iowa City, is a freshman at Iowa City West High School and plays violin and piano. He's helped with concerts and recitals at the University of Iowa hospital, which inspired him to participate in this program. Through his project work with Jonathan, Riko, and Ivan, David hopes to gain a stronger sense of community.
Kyle Burke, 17, of Toddville, is a junior at Kennedy High School and plays piano and cello. He has lots of community service experience including Key Club, volunteering with Sierra Club, and organizing a bone marrow drive with over 70 participants, an experience that deeply impacted Kyle and showed him that people are willing to help strangers.
Sara Doermann, 16, of Mechanicsville, is a junior at North Cedar High School and plays the clarinet, tenor saxophone, and flute. She's an active volunteer and aspires to revive old-fashioned barn dances to bring multiple communities and generations together.
Monica Gagne, 14, of Johnston, is a 9th grader at Johnston Middle School and plays violin and sings. Monica believes it's important to explore many forms of communication when reaching out to the community. Monica and Bailey will coordinate music and dance groups in a fundraising concert to support victims of child abuse.
Celia Garner-Prouty, 18, of Robins, is a senior at Washington High School. Her primary instrument is the violin, which she plays with the HEIRS quartet. Celia asserts, “music has been a huge part of my life and one of the most important parts of the arts is the outreach part, and spreading the joy, love and mastery of a skill that music brings to everyone.”
Eric Hansen 16, of Cedar Rapids, is a junior at Kennedy High School and plays violin. He enjoys performing free concerts for the public with his quartet. Eric recognizes that volunteering with friends is a fun and rewarding experience. He plans to provide needed inspiration, support and lessons to a local middle school.
Rebecca Herron, 18, of Cedar Rapids, is a senior at Washington High School and plays piano and cello. As a member of Orchestra Iowa Symphony School’s honors quartet HEIRS with Celia Garner-Prouty, Grace Walker and Lucy Young, she looks forward to visiting local schools to share the fun of playing classical music.
Zora Hurst, 15, of North Liberty, is a sophomore at Iowa City West High School and plays bassoon. She volunteers at her church and the Iowa City Children’s Museum, and loves working with people. Zora will coordinate a concert with young musicians to send a positive reminder to her community that music makes a powerful difference in children’s lives.
Bailey Johnson, 16, of Des Moines, is a junior at Lincoln High School and plays guitar and sings. She volunteers with Rock in Prevention, using music to keep kids “happy, healthy, and drug-free.” Bailey and Monica will bring youth music and arts groups together to host a multi-community benefit concert to support child abuse prevention efforts.
Iman Kashmola, 16, of Cedar Rapids, is a junior at Kennedy High School and plays the viola in a quartet with Christina, Eric, and Kyle. She's an active member of Key Club and Meals on Wheels, and loves giving back to less fortunante members of her community. She is looking forward to volunteering through her music.
Christina Ling, 17, of Cedar Rapids, is a senior at Kennedy High School and plays violin in a quartet with Eric, Kyle, and Iman. She loves setting a positive example for children through volunteer work because despite past musical frustrations, Christina has persevered with the violin.
China Mauck, 17, of Des Moines, is a junior at Roosevelt High School and plays percussion. She'll use her community service experience to encourage middle school students, especially girls, to play percussion. China hopes that when she leaves high school there will be new, eager percussionists to fill the void left by those graduating.
Anjali Misra, 13, of Cedar Rapids, is a freshman at Washington High School and plays violin and saxophone. She says, “a true community service hero may or may not be recognized, but continues to embody the characteristics of integrity and selflessness and generosity.” Anji will work towards this by using her passion for music.
Jonathan Ni, 14, of Iowa City, is a freshman at West High School and plays piano. He has done various performances, including in retirement homes, where he realized that there are many music lovers who aren't able to attend concerts. Jonathan hopes to bring music to those who cannot easily attend performances.
Riko Ohashi, 17, of Iowa City, is a junior at Iowa City West High School and plays viola and sings. She volunteers at U-Iowa's Medical Image Perception Laboratory, with a woman who's volunteered there for over 40 years. This woman, in her 80s, inspired Riko to consider a different perspective and commitment to serving one’s community.
Amanda Phan, 17, of Bettendorf, is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and plays piano and clarinet. She volunteers with a variety of organizations including her local hospital and X-Stream Clean Up, a movement to clean the Mississippi River. Amanda will combine her interests in music, service, and health to raise money for clean water.
Grace Walker, 18, of Marion, is a senior at Washington High School and plays violin. She shares her music at nursing homes and gives music lessons to students. Grace aims to gain a better understanding of how music can be used for outreach and how to share the joy she finds through performing.
Ivan Ye, 16, of Coralville, is a sophomore at Iowa City West High School and plays violin and piano. He believes strongly that through perseverance and determination, big change is possible. Ivan will partner with Jonathan, Riko and David to coordinate a large fundraising concert in their hometown.
Lucy Young, 17, of Marion, is a senior at Washington High School and plays violin and viola. Lucy is looking forward to inspiring younger students to pick up an instrument and persist in lessons because she wants more children to experience the happiness that accompanies music making.