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Performers who graciously lent their talents to make this inaugural concert extra special

Professionals

  • Cristina Muresan -- DSO violinist, who helped with sectionals and rehearsals playing throughout the concert, and lead soloist in Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Velda Kelly -- Michigan Opera Theater violinist, DSO extra, large private studio
  • Adam Kollipara -- percussion specialist, NHS Percussion instructor, performing on African Adventure and Don’t Stop Believing
  • Austin Mortiere -- melody percussion on African Adventure; percussion instructor for Wayne Memorial, Novi, and Cassopolis marching band and winter percussion
  • Larry Prentiss -- professional bassist, composer, teacher, and studio musician; Performing in Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Nicholas Caruana -- violin, music education major at Madonna university; Performing in Don’t Stop Believin’

Student Musicians (High School, and older Middle School)

  • Tarun Balasubramamanian -- violin. Hillside MS Student. Performing in Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Wyatt Biondo-Savin -- percussion. NHS Student. Performing in African Adventure
  • Takuma Ono -- percussion. NHS Student. Performing in African Adventure
  • Ethan Wei -- cello. NHS Student. Performing in Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Quentin Cassanova -- bass. NHS Student. Performing in Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Sungwook Hong -- cello. NHS Student. Performing in Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Sungjin Hong-- violin. Hillside MS Student. Performing in Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Nanami Takahashi-- bass. Novi HS Student. Performing in Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Natali Lindenmeyer -- violin. NHS Student. Performing in Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Olivia Stelmaszek -- bass. Novi HS Student. Performing on  Don’t Stop Believin’

Pros who assisted with rehearsals, but were unable to perform with us tonight:

Special gratitude and recognition to:

  • Cristina Muresan -- Instrumental in promoting program, helping with sectionals
  • Lynda Fulgenzi -- Instrumental in promoting program, helping with sectionals
  • Adam Kollipara -- NHS alum and Percussion Instructor -- coordinating and playing percussion for African Adventure, playing drum set on Don’t Stop Believin’, assisting with sound and live stream
  • Megan Miner-Hepp and Patrick O’Shaughnessy for making magic happen with the live stream
  • Cynthia Stump, Kelly Masters, and Rebecca Seiler for all their behind the scenes help!!
  • NPS Administration -- Mary Kay Gallagher, Aaron Baughman, Mike Zopf, Dave Rodgers, Mike Zopf, Sandra Brock, and Teresa Osterhoff for making all of this possible!
  • Meads Mill Administration -- Brad O’Neill and Will Lambdin for facilitating our musicians’ progress
  • Hillside Administration -- Bill Jones and Monty Shambleau for facilitating our musicians’ progress
  • NHS Administration -- Tony Koski, Diana Patterson, Jim Gordon, and Krystal Muhammad for being awesome hosts and giving all the space I needed
    Bryan Johnson, stage manager for making my classroom come alive, helping with the concert, the facilities, and always treating the program with respect. And putting up with my instruments, stands, and everything always being in the way!
  • The Music Education Department for being the best “Squad” I could ask for! (In alphabetical order because I value them ALL!) Brain Haverkate, Greg Lanzi, Beth Richert, Mike Rumbell, and Robin Taylor
  • Chris Hepp -- my husband and best friend who always helps with technical things, formatting, maintaining the website, and countless other things to help me live my dream as a music educator.
  • Dee Ferguson, photographer, for lending us the photo op backdrop and supports!
  • All of the Orchestra parents who volunteered, donated, and otherwise supported this program! Thank you for supporting music education, and believing in the kids!