Henry Wu, a recent high school graduate from Essex Junction, Vermont, began playing the piano at age 5 and the cello at age 9. Since then, he has used music as a tool for social change and unity across cultural backgrounds.
Henry studies the cello with Emily Taubl. He was the principal cellist of the Vermont Youth Orchestra for three years and was selected as a Senior Soloist for the 2019-2020 season. He has also served as principal and assistant principal cellist for the All-State and New England Music Festival orchestras. Henry studies the piano with Paul Orgel. He soloed with the Vermont Philharmonic as the recipient of the 2019 Borowicz Scholarship. Henry was also an All-State scholarship prizewinner for both instruments throughout high school.
Henry combines his passions for music and educational outreach to bridge social barriers. He is a Director of Global Operations for the Back to BACH Project, an initiative to inspire hard work in young children through performances in elementary schools. Henry is a co-founder of Classical Music Encounters, a library performance series that aims to introduce diverse audiences to classical music. He was also the cellist for the Vermont social justice band SoundCheck, a musician in the Essex High School pit orchestra, the pianist for the Essex Jazz Orchestra, and the music director of the local middle school musical. Henry is a U.S. Presidential Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholar, Equitable Excellence Scholar, and Vermont Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He is taking a gap year before attending Harvard University, where he hopes to study the intersection of data science, public policy, and education.
Nathan Wu, from Essex Junction, Vermont, is an incoming freshman at Yale University. He started playing the violin at age nine and is currently studying with Kathleen Kono. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Barre Opera House, Chandler Center for the Performing Arts, and others. He has participated in numerous music festivals, such as the Music Festival at Walnut Hill and the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, as well as other summer music programs. Nathan has performed in many honors recitals and concerts, including the Cathedral Arts Young Artist Showcase and the Next Generation concerts at Chandler Center for the Performing Arts. Nathan has been a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra for five years and performed as a Senior Soloist in the 2019-2020 season. Over the past three years, he has been selected as a member of the All State Festival Orchestra and New England Festival Orchestra numerous times, serving as concertmaster and performing as a featured soloist in both festivals in 2018.
Nathan greatly enjoys giving back to his community through music. He has performed for senior homes, schools, and libraries, giving many people a rare opportunity to listen to live, classical music, which can be difficult to find in today’s world. He is the Director of the Back to BACH Burlington, Vermont region, regularly performing at elementary schools around the state to introduce young audiences to music. Additionally, Nathan co-founded Classical Music Encounters, a library concert series with the goal of sharing classical music with the community.