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Pittsford Students Make Up One-third of 2023-24 Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to our Mendon and Sutherland High School students who make up one third of this year’s Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO). While 15% of performers come from Sutherland High School, another 20% come from Mendon High School, which is the largest representation of any school this year. The RPYO will perform side-by-side with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on March 3 at 3 p.m. in Kodak Hall. Tickets can be purchased at

Mendon High School

  • Matthew Belous, violin 2
  • Ryan Ferrer, trombone
  • Jiahn Han, cello
  • Jiwoo Han, oboe
  • Cailey Huang, violin 1
  • Karthik Jaligama, viola (principal for our final concert)
  • Vasu Jaligama, violin 1
  • Timothy Seo, violin 1 (concertmaster for our upcoming concert)
  • Aaron Shan, cello
  • Jemma Wallis, clarinet and bass clarinet
  • Eva Yip, viola
  • Tristan Zhang, oboe

Sutherland High School

  • Friana Engineer, principal 2nd violin
  • Jason Hsu, violin 1
  • George Huang, violin 2
  • Minjee Kim, cello
  • Ryan Shaffer, violin 1
  • Michael Shi, clarinet
  • Floria Wang, flute and piccolo
  • Kimberly Wang, oboe and english horn
  • Camryn Wlostowski, flute
  • Maureen Zhang, violin 2

Since 1970, the RPYO has offered our community’s most advanced young musician’s orchestral experiences of the highest order. More than 2,100 of the Rochester area’s most talented musicians in grades 8-12 have experienced the challenges and rewards of learning symphonic masterworks while playing in the RPYO. More than 200 of them have performed in professional music ensembles, including other major symphony orchestras. Six RPYO alumni currently perform with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Many others perform in semi-professional and community groups in diverse musical genres. Hundreds have become dedicated music educators (more than 30 in Rochester area schools), as well as composers, conductors, and arts administrators.

Today, the leadership of RPO Assistant Conductor Jherrard Hardeman and the official partnership with the ECMS bring the RPYO to new heights. The partnership allows the RPYO to now serve as an “in house” large orchestra experience for ECMS students. RPYO students gain all ECMS benefits, such as rehearsing on the Eastman campus, accessing the Sibley Music Library, and having free admission to many Eastman performances.