Shaylen performed on Show 394 from Boston, Massachusetts.
Shaylen Joos (harp), 16, hails from Somersworth, New Hampshire. She is homeschooled and studies harp with Erica Driscoll. Shaylen has competed and placed in several local competitions, performed with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. One of her recent proudest accomplishments was placing second in the Intermediate II Division at the American Harp Society National Competition. Outside of music, Shaylen enjoys traveling, reading, and writing.
Marshall Joos (organ), 17, is a high school senior from Somersworth, NH. He began his organ studies at the age of ten under Lorrie Dodson with scholarships from the Young Organist Collaborative (YOC), a Portsmouth-based non-profit focused on investing in the next generation of organists. He is a two-time winner of the YOC’s Penn Brown Scholarship for Advanced Organ Studies. In fall 2018, Marshall began studying organ under Christian Lane of the Boston Organ Studio. Under Mr. Lane’s direction, Marshall competed and won 1st place in the Boston AGO Chapter Regional Competition for Young Organists in March 2019, subsequently won 1st place in the L. Cameron Johnson Scholarship Competition in May, and went on to place 2nd at the Northeast Regional Convention in Buffalo, NY in July. Marshall has enjoyed playing in concerts throughout New England, most notably on the organ at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall (Methuen, MA), the Kotzschmar organ at Merrill Auditorium (Portland, ME) and on the Charles Fisk organ at the historic Old West Church (Boston, MA).
Also an accomplished pianist, Marshall has been a finalist for both the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra’s concerto competitions. He studies piano under Mary Towse-Beck. Marshall regularly plays both piano and organ at Heritage Baptist Church in Dover, NH, and participates in both the teen and adult choirs there. In his free time he enjoys writing and arranging sacred music, spending time with his family, and playing with his dog, Sandy.