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Louis Xavier Barrette
Louis Xavier Barrette, from Ithaca, N.Y., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 and studies with renowned guitarists David Starobin and Jason Vieaux. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full tuition scholarships and Mr. Barrette is the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Annual Fellow.
Mr. Barrette won the 2010 New York State Music Teachers Association Empire State Competition and placed fourth at the 2011 Lions Club Global Youth Music Competition. Prior to attending Curtis, he attended summer programs at Le Domaine Forget in Quebec in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Mr. Barrette began piano lessons at age three and guitar lessons at age thirteen. He has studied previously with Pablo Cohen at Ithaca College and Remi Boucher at Le Domaine Forget.
Brendan Dooley, from Worcester, Mass., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 and studies with Jeffrey Khaner, principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full tuition scholarships, and Mr. Dooley is the Gordon and Patricia Fowler Annual Fellow.
Mr. Dooley was a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Joy of Music Program (JOMP) Chamber Orchestra, and New England Conservatory Preparatory School Youth Symphony. He appeared as a soloist with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Orchestra in 2011 and the JOMP Chamber Orchestra in 2012. In 2011, Mr. Dooley appeared on NPR’s From the Top as a member of the Boston Flute Academy Quartet. In 2010, Mr. Dooley won the Sylvia Gafvert Stubblebine Scholarship at the Music Worcester Young Artist Competition.
Mr. Dooley began flute lessons at age ten and has studied with Linda Bento-Rei at the Joy of Music Program; Doug Smith, retired professor of flute at Salisbury University; and Judy Grant, Director of the Boston Flute Academy. He has attended Maryland Summer Center for the Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp, and the 2011 Marina Piccinini International Summer Master class.
Arlen Hlusko, from Lowville, Ontario, Canada, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011 and studies with Carter Brey, principal cello of the New York Philharmonic, and Peter Wiley, cello of the Guarneri String Quartet. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Hlusko is the Jacqueline du Pré Memorial Fellow.
Ms. Hlusko is a member of the South Bay Chamber Music Society and has been awarded top prizes in several competitions. Prior to Curtis, Ms. Hlusko attended The Colburn School Conservatory of Music. In addition, she has participated in various programs at The Banff Center, the Domaine Forget Chamber Program, the Morningside Music Bridge, the National Arts Centre’s Young Artists Program, the Innsbruck Emerging Artists Program, and has taught and performed at the Salt Spring Island Festival.
Ms. Hlusko has been a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Civic Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also been a member of Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Calgary Youth Orchestra, and Colburn Conservatory Orchestra.
Ms. Hlusko began cello lessons at age four. Her past teachers include: Ann Vallentyne, Roberta Janzen, David Hetherington, John Kadz, Ronald Leonard, and Andres Diaz. In her free time, she enjoys photography, fashion design, and swimming.
Ms. Ji has given performances throughout the United States and Canada, including a Canada Day concert with Pinchas Zukerman at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, a gala concert with Yo-Yo Ma at Lincoln Center and the Manhattan School of Music, and a performance at the Embassy of the United States of America in Ottawa. She made her New York debut in 2013 at Merkin Hall. Ms. Ji has been featured on From the Top and Live from Lincoln Center. Most recently, she was a soloist with Symphony in C under Rossen Milanov.
Ms. Ji has received many awards, including the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Award and an honorable mention for the Davidson Institute Fellowship program. She was a quarterfinalist in the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.
As a chamber musician, she has worked with members of the Borromeo, Emerson, Guarneri, and Orion string quartets and performed in groups coached by Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Shmuel Ashkenazi, and Andre-Michel Schub. She was a member of Curtis on Tour with Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh.
Ms. Ji has participated in numerous master classes with celebrated violinists such as Jaime Laredo, Donald Weilerstein, Ida Haendel, Aaron Rosand, Joseph Silverstein, Victor Danchenko, and Pavel Vernikov. She has participated in prestigious summer music festivals and programs, including Taos School of Music, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, and National Arts Centre Young Artists Programme in Ottawa.
Ms. Ji was previously a student at the precollege division of Manhattan School of Music, and her former teachers and mentors include Grigory Kalinovsky, Pinchas Zukerman, and Patinka Kopec.
Ren Martin-Doike, from Honolulu, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2010 and studies with renowned violist Joseph de Pasquale and Michael Tree, violist and founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Martin-Doike is the Alma and Edwin Lakin Annual Fellow.
Ms. Martin-Doike was a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. She performed on NPR’s From the Top as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, and has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion and in a live televised performance for the Dalai Lama.
Ms. Martin-Doike has served as principal violist of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the chamber orchestra at the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau, where she received the Chamber Music Prize. She has attended Taos School of Music, Indiana University String Academy, Innsbrook Institute, and Le Domaine Forget Music Festival. This summer she has been invited to perform chamber music with alongside faculty at the Festival Arsana in Ptuj, Slovenia on a generous grant from the Williamson Foundation for Music.
Anna Odell, from McLean, Va., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 and studies with Judy Loman, former principal harp of the Toronto Symphony , and Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp of the Philadelphia Orchestra. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Odell is the Carol Coe Conway Memorial Fellow.
Ms. Odell has been a member of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with the Friday Morning Music Club and at the Kennedy Center as part of the Millennium Stage series.
Ms. Odell won first place in the Harp division of the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. She has attended the Siena Music Festival in Italy, Aspen Music Festival and School, Saratoga Harp Colony, Bel Canto Institute, and National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. She received the Bel Canto Institute’s Woodstock Award in 2010.
Prior to entering Curtis, Ms. Odell received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. She began harp lessons at age seven and previously studied with Judy Loman and Elizabeth Blakeslee. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, jogging, and hiking.
Gideon Whitehead, from Casnovia, Mich., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 and studies with renowned guitarists David Starobin and Jason Vieaux. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Whitehead is the DoubleStar Artistic Development Annual Fellow.
Mr. Whitehead received his Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute in 2012. Prior to attending Curtis, he studied with Jason Vieaux and Brian Morris. He has attended summer programs at the Guitar Institute at Interlochen Arts Camp and the MasterWorks Festival.
Mr. Whitehead has won prizes in the 2010 University of Louisville Guitar Competition, 2011 University of Louisville Guitar Competition, and 2011 James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition. He was also the winner of the Michigan Music Teachers Association Student Composition Competition in 2008 and a semi-finalist at the Columbus State University Guitar Competition in 2009. Also in 2009, he was among six composers selected to perform in the Grand Rapids MAJIC Composers Concert.