Who We Are
Chloe is a flautist and freshman at The University of Tampa studying Music Education and is an alumni of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). Music was always apart of her life thanks to her mom. She started playing the flute in fourth grade at her elementary school, Pennypacker Elementary. She is a former student of Temple University’s Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP), where she took lessons and music theory classes. During her sophomore year, she was accepted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists' Initiative. With the help of this organization, she was able to attend Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF), where she took lessons with former Philadelphia Orchestra flautist, Loren Lind as well as the Summer Music Academy at Ithaca College. She is a former student of Susanna Loewy and now currently studies with Taylor Lam through Temple Prep. With the help of her teachers she has been able to participate in both Philadelphia All-City Band and Orchestra. She is currently a Project 440 Doing Good student, Youth Advisory Council member, and intern working under Samantha Apgar, Managing Director for Project 440. Chloe is an active participant in her community, organizing local and nationwide events such as New York based initiative, Bach in the Subway. In her free time, Chloe enjoys photography and binge watching The Office.
Claire Casanova, clarinetist and native Philadelphian, is currently a freshman at Temple University studying Music Education and an alumni of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). She started playing clarinet in sixth grade at her middle school, The Philadelphia String Theory Charter School for the Arts and Sciences. After attending her first year of high school, she decided to join Temple University’s Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP),where she took lessons and music theory classes. During her sophomore year, she was accepted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists' Initiative. That summer, with the help of this organization, she was able to attend Philadelphia International Music Program (PIMF), where she studied with, Boris Allakhverdyan, principal clarinetist for the LA Philharmonic and performed with their gold orchestra, conducted by Louis Scaglione. After returning from PIMF, she began studying with Dr. Rie Suzuki, Clarinet Professor at Rowan University. This summer with the help of PMAY she was able to attend the WoodWind Studies program at New York University. She worked with the school’s highest level teachers including Pavel Vinnitsky, clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. Aside from being a part of her school’s band and orchestra, she has participated in many ensembles including PMEA District 12, All-City Band and Orchestra, and Philadelphia Sinfonia Players. Claire is an intern with Project 440’s Doing Good program where she works with Susanna Loewy and is a Youth Advisory Council member. She also began playing Bassoon two years ago in her school’s orchestra.
Nayyirah is a senior violist at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. She started her venture with the string instruments at the age of seven, playing the violin. Nayyirah played the violin for five years and in the seventh grade transitioned to the viola. In 2015, she joined the Community Music Scholars program (CMSP) where she took lessons with Adelya Shagidullina and Yecheskel Francis. Between the two teachers, she learned how to develop more control over her playing and learned about the different genres of classical music and the functionality of it. That same year she joined the CMSP orchestra, where she is the principal violist. Nayyirah is currently studying with Sam Quintal who plays in the Jasper String Quartet. In the Summer of 2018, Nayyirah had the opportunity to take lessons with Michael Casimir at the Curtis Institute of Music where he assisted her with her audition pieces. Nayyirah has also been a member of the All-City Orchestra since 2017 and joined the Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra in 2018.
Ruby is a senior flute player at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). She began playing when she was seven years old with Settlement Music School after hearing the flute on the radio and telling her grandma that that's what she wanted to play. Now, she is apart of various organizations across the city. Her freshman year, she was accepted into the All City Band and the following year she was accepted into the All City Band and Orchestra. During her junior year of high school, she was accepted into the Philadelphia Orchestra All City Fellowship, the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists' Initiative, and the Ellis Trust Foundation for Girls. With the help of these organizations she was able to take lessons with Dr. Susanna Loewy, a teaching artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and an associate flute professor at Kutztown University. She was also able to attend the Kinhaven Music School where she studied with Peter Shultz and performed weekly with the Kinhaven Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Kinhaven Chamber Orchestra. She was recently accepted into the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO) and is currently a member of the Youth Advisory Council for Project 440. This year Ruby will be applying to different colleges and universities for music and is looking forward to what the future holds and where music takes her.
Kintan Silvany is a junior harpist and pianist at John W. Hallahan. Kintan started playing the harp when she was 11 years old and began studying with Elizabeth Steiner four years ago and studying the piano with Michael Caruso for nine years. She found her inspiration from two Curtis Institute of Music students who played a harp and clarinet duet when she was in elementary school. Kintan joined the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists' Initiative two years ago and has been able to attend various summer programs as well as youth orchestras through them. In 2016, she joined the Philadelphia Sinfonia Players orchestra and the Trimingham Chamber Ensemble at Settlement Music School a year later which consists of a flute and of course, a harp! In the summer of 2018, Kintan was a member of the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony at Curtis Summerfest. This summer Kintan will be attending the Interlochen Arts Camp. Besides her harp and piano studies, Kintan enjoys volunteering and volunteered at her local library every Wednesday tutoring younger students with their homework, labeling and shelving books. This past summer, she also volunteered at Migrant Education Program where she was a teacher assistant to a Pre-K class.
Max, currently in his junior year, is a saxophonist and bassoonist at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). He has always loved and music and began playing in his hometown of Huntingdon, PA. In middle school, he participated in four ensembles including the Huntingdon Area Marching Band and took private lessons with Emily Canner. In August of 2017, Max’s family moved from Huntingdon to Philadelphia. He started at CAPA as a visual art major, but was quickly welcomed by the instrumental music department. In his freshman year, Max chose to minor in instrumental music as a saxophonist and was later accepted into the All City Concert Band. In January of 2019, he chose to change his major to instrumental music. He has since been accepted into All City Jazz Orchestra, and studies Bassoon at Temple’s Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP). Despite his choice, Max continues to develop himself in visual art. In Summer of 2019, he received the Thomas Eakins Emerging Artist Scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts five-week Summer Institute. He also frequently takes continuing education classes at the University of the Arts. In his free time you can find Max preparing for Mock Trial, Caving, and Creating.
Naomi is a sophomore flute player at J.R. Masterman High School. She started playing the flute seven years ago, studying under Thomas Meany from Settlement Music School. Passionate about her music, she has participated in All-City Middle, both as an instrumentalist and as a vocalist. At school she plays in multiple ensembles and is a member of the choir. Aside from music, Naomi is an active member of the National Junior Honor Society and Student Government Affairs. Since starting high school, Naomi has also joined her schools robotics club and the ultimate frisbee team. Naomi is looking forward to the rest of her three years in high school as well as continuing her passion for music throughout her life.