Music for Youth in Cincinnati

The Family

Eddy Kwon, Director

Eddy is a composer-performer and community-based teaching artist. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was a Cincinnatus Presidential Full Scholar, studying both violin performance and jazz improvisation. He has worked with El Sistema-inspired programs around the world, including those in Texas, Colombia, and South Korea. Eddy is a founding member of The Happy Maladies and is active in the Cincinnati creative arts community as a performer, curator, and composer. In 2014, he received the Art Ambassador Fellowship from the City of Cincinnati and in             2016 he was awarded the United States Artists Fellowship

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 Price Hill Will Artist in Residence

Cincinnati-based cellist Laura Jekel is committed to building and empowering community through music. As Artist in Residence at the Community Development Corporation Price Hill Will, her work explores the overlap of the arts with housing, economic development, and community engagement. She 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, Cincinnati’s first El Sistema-inspired program, and was director from 2011 until 2015. Previously, Laura has performed and taught throughout Latin America and the United States, including performing as soloist with orchestras in Ecuador. She has degrees in cello performance from Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, and Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to teaching at MYCincinnati, she leads a free adult beginner orchestra called the Price Hillharmonic, and spends every Wednesday afternoon playing cello and talking to her neighbors at the local grocery store. She also plays in a violin-cello duo called the Price Hill Duo, and subs with local and regional orchestras.

Ben Sloan, Pre-Orchestra Teaching Artist & Site Coordinator
Ben is a life long resident of Cincinnati Ohio, an alum of Walnut Hills High School, and a graduate of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. He holds a bachelors degree in Jazz Studies with a focus on drumset/percussion, and dedicates his time and energy to the study of all things music. From 2013 - 2015 Ben toured internationally with acclaimed band WHY?, playing venues in the UK, EU, and US. Currently, Ben plays an active role in the local music and arts scene, attending, and participating, lending a voice through a variety of projects (Lazy Heart, A Delicate Motor, Fresh Funk). Most recently, Ben was awarded a People’s Liberty Project Grant, which has gone towards the process of building an outdoor musical and sculptural park in Price Hill.