Eddy Kwon, Director
Annie Darlin Gordon, Winds Teaching Artist & Firehouse Manager
As an educator, she is passionate about the cross-section between music education and social justice and all that music has to offer to the young mind. Annie earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Flute Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively. As a flutist, Annie loves performing all types of music related to the classical genre. Her recent performance milestones include appearances as second flute of Queen City Chamber Opera, substituting with the Pittsburgh Symphony, concerti with the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble and the CMU All University Orchestra, and two summer seasons as the Contemporary Flute Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival.
Carroll Wallace, Strings Teaching Artist & Communication Coordinator
Carroll Wallace is a firm believer in the arts as a progressive and instrumental tool in society. She studied Art, English and Music (viola) in college and served as a Rural Health and Sanitation Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps. She loves people, art, research & development, sports, talking and laughing - and is excited to work with the fantastic MYCincinnati music program! [Se habla espanol].
Isaac Selya, Strings Teaching Artist & College Readiness Coordinator
A musician of remarkable versatility, Isaac Selya is highly sought-after as a conductor, pianist, vocal coach, cellist and administrator. He serves as Artistic Advisor to the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and is the founder and Artistic Director of Queen City Chamber Opera. He joined Cincinnati Opera in 2014 as a coach/accompanist, and in September 2014 he was the featured new artist of the month in Musical America. In May 2015, he joined the Glimmerglass Festival as Assistant Conductor, where he coached and conducted the first-ever reading of the revised version of Philip Glass’s Appomattox, with the composer present. He holds a BA from Yale College, an MM in conducting from Mannes College, and a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Maestro Mark Gibson. He has two cats, named Tosca and Aida.
Laura Jekel, Founder and Program Advisor
Cellist Laura Jekel was one of 10 people chosen to take part in the 2010-2011 Sistema Fellows Program at New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied Venezuela's "El Sistema" program, a renowned model for creative youth development. She is the Founder of MYCincinnati, and was director of the program from 2011 until 2015. Previously, Laura has performed and taught throughout Latin America and the United States. After earning a bachelor of music degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, she traveled to Ecuador where she was a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil and cello professor at the music school Fronteras Musicales Abiertas in Cuenca. During her stay she gave masterclasses and recitals around the country, including performances of the Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn C Major and Lalo cello concertos with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuenca, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Loja and the Cuen-K Ensemble. Currently, Laura is Director of Creative Placemaking at Price Hill Will, where she is continuing to work with the vibrant art scene in Price Hill. She has been a resident of Price Hill since 2013.