Meet the 2023-24 Pathway Musicians! GTCYS’ new Pathway Musicians program helps students reach their fullest musical potential within GTCYS and beyond. When students begin their path as musicians, the experience can be enhanced by opportunities that are not readily available to everyone. In addition to financial assistance and mentorship from a professional musician, Pathway musicians will have increased access to obtain a quality instrument and maintenance, additional performance opportunities, complimentary admission to local concerts, assistance with applying to other programs and competitions, and aid with transportation. We are so excited to follow these young musicians on their musical journey this season and grateful for our community of donors who make this possible with their financial support! Read on to hear what the Pathway musicians hope to accomplish this year.
Solanite Ketema, trumpet, Concert Orchestra
“I’m looking forward to expanding my music knowledge through GTCYS, which I hope will improve my performance when playing with any large ensemble. Additionally, I hope to meet many musicians during this year, whether it’s through orchestra, jazz band, marching band, or any smaller ensembles. I’m excited about making these connections to help me grow as a musician and make some great friendships, too. Overall, I want to have fun playing music and create awesome memories.”
Luis L. Gonzalez Mateo, violin, Sinfonia East
“This year I plan on continuing to grow my violin skills so that I can advance to the next orchestra. I hope to connect and meet new mentors that can guide me in this path to becoming a professional violin player. I also want to begin exploring violin non-classical music and expand my skills.”
Mariella Ananou, violin, Concertino East
“I hope to improve on music knowledge and have more mature playing skills.”
Keziah Fierst, violin, Concertino East
“I hope to continue to build discipline with my practicing. I want my practice to be more intentional and focused this year. I want to be aware of my posture and facial expression while performing. I also want to build relationships with other practicing artists.”
Congratulations, Pathway Musicians!