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2021 YMCO Summer Institute

The 2021 YMCO Summer Institute came to an end on Friday, July 23rd with an exciting performance of "MAMBO! A Celebration of Bernstein's Westside Store," held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This year, the summer institute was held at Claremont Middle School in Oakland, CA.

The choral orchestra kicked off the night with Bernstein's choral piece, "Take Care of this House," alongside world-renowned mezzo-soprano, Frederica von Stade, and then marched to their instruments to perform Danzon No. 2 (Arturo Marquez), West Side Story Medley, and Mambo. Mambo received an encore and a standing ovation!

The graduating seniors were then presented with special awards from the office of US Congresswoman Barbara Lee. We are proud to say that all 7 graduating seniors will be attending four-year universities on full or substantial scholarship in the fall.

Frederica von Stade then sang Bernstein's "Somewhere" with rising senior, Ajani Harris, followed by several solo performances from the Opera/Musical Theater group. The night came to an exciting ending when the Jazz Big Band started doing the mambo onstage!

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Choral Orchestra Members


Nathan Belcher

Astrid Chopp

Quincy Schreiber



Corryn Bailey

Heleena Getahun

Mariah Joy Harris

Mateo Martinez-Alejo

Ryan Pham


Benjamin Nguyen

Heriberto Velez


French Horn

Ajani Harris*

Daniel Kariuki

Rayel Wilson



Emilio Bracken-Serra

Giovanni Garcia*

Julian Gonzales-Gutierrez

Margaret Kariuki

Ryan Pham

Leonard Rai-Abesamis

Israel Rangel-Mejia



Gus Goldstone

Francisco Tapia

Brian Velez


Edwin Solano



Francisco Tapia


Taraja Collins

Alejandra Cornejo

Haylee Hancock

Khristle Jordan

Grace Kariithi

Cymona Nguyen

Isaac Nguyen

Alondra Pacas

Fiona Qiu

Kaylee Solano

Raymond Smith

Nathan Uy

Ava Victoriano

Rachel White*


Corryn Bailey

Erma Espinueva

Adam Green*

Vincent Hu

Haile Rosengren

Wesley Zhao



Kayin Beth

DJ Jackson

Timothy Kariithi

Angelina Liu

Brissa Mejia*

Lea Williamson



Lucila de Anda-Castaneda

Tip Hood

Brendan Kariithi

Brian Juarez*

Yafeu Tyhimba*


Jeffrey Ng

Max Nguyen

Nimah Rowden

Nico Thomas

Genius Wesley

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Jazz Big Band Members

Heleena Getahun, alto saxophone

Quincy Schreiber, alto saxophone

Monte Metal, alto saxophone*

Jocelyn Bailey, tenor saxophone

Ajani Harris, tenor saxophone*

Raymond Smith, tenor saxophone

Heriberto Velez, baritone saxophone

Gus Goldstone, trombone

Jerry Okina, trombone

Mateo Shul, trombone

Francisco Tapia, trombone

Sebastian Borg, trumpet

Emilio Bracken-Serra, trumpet

Giovanni Garcia, trumpet

Ryan Pham, trumpet

Julian Gonzalez, trumpet

Luis Peralta, piano

Lucila de Anda, bass

Tip Hood, bass

Yafeu Tyhimba,* bass

Nimah Rowden, percussion

Genius Wesley, percussion

Kieran Bracken-Serra, percussion

2019 Summer Institute

Opera/ Musical Theater Members

Leilani Andres, soprano

Erma Espinueva, soprano

Ajani Harris, tenor

Khristle Jordan, soprano

Abel Mahari, tenor

Cymona Nguyen, soprano

Elliott Nguyen,* bass

Ryan Pham, treble
Israel Rangel-Mejia, treble

Vivian Stover,* mezzo-soprano

Alyssa Tan, soprano


Olivia Stapp, Stage Director
James Meredith, Artistic Director/Pianist

                              YMCO Director of Vocal Studies

2019 Summer Institute

Staff Members

Daisy Newman, Executive Director

Geechi Taylor, Director of Operations/ Jazz Big Band Conductor

Jaymes Kirksey, Choral Orchestra Conductor/ Violin Instructor

James Meredith, Artistic Director/Pianist/ YMCO Director of Vocal Studies

Brissa Mejia, Alumni Instructor

Vyoma Oza, Alumni Instructor

Vivian Stover, Alumni Instructor

Yafeu Tyhimba, Alumni Instructor

Tristan Williams, Viola Instructor

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