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Mason Chambal

Mason Chambal, guitar

Mason Chambal is a seventeen-year-old guitarist from Xenia who is a senior at the Miami Valley School.  He's a student of Jim McCutcheon and has appeared as a guest on "The Intimate Guitar," Jim's weekly program on Discover Classical.  Before the age of five, Mason would watch his older brother play and then pick up the guitar and try it himself.  As he grew older, Mason says he was "fascinated by the music, the melodies and the joy it brought to others."  He also plays tenor saxophone, clarinet and piano and has played sax in the school jazz band, learning how to improvise and perform with a group.  Mason also writes songs, combining his classical and jazz influences with his own musical creativity. Listen to Mason's ArtsFocus interview:

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Anna Huang

Anna Huang, piano

Anna Huang is a sixteen-year-old pianist from Mason and a sophomore at William Mason High School.  Her interest in the piano began at age five when she heard her older brothers play and thought "it sounded pretty cool."  Anna gives credit to her teacher, Dr. Benita Leung, for improving her listening skills and inspiring her to work hard.  Besides piano, Anna also plays the flute and is a member of the Mason High School Honors Wind Symphony.  She is a lacrosse player too, and says that piano and lacrosse are similar because "practice always makes you better, and if you fail the first time, you have to keep trying." Listen to Anna's ArtsFocus interview:

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Lucas Hung

Lucas Hung, percussion

Lucas Hung is a seventeen-year-old percussionist from Miamisburg who says he's practiced "the art of making noise and hitting things" since he was only seven.  A home school student, Lucas is in eleventh grade.  He has performed with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, Middletown Youth Symphony, Butler County Youth Orchestra, Sinclair Community Band and other ensembles.  Lucas says percussionists are special people "and I enjoy being in that kind of group."  He has an interest in science and technology and would someday like to become an aeronautical engineer.  However, he also hopes to create a charity organization to support aspiring musicians with financial need. Listen to Lucas' ArtsFocus interview:

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Nolan Zachary Meister

Nolan Meister, piano

Nolan Meister is a fifteen-year-old pianist from West Chester and a sophomore at St. Xavier High School. He has studied piano for ten years, taking lessons from Julie Shelton, Dr. Michelle Conda and Dr. Jackson Leung. Nolan is a member of his school's select choir and auditioned jazz band, and he has participated successfully as a pianist in many competitions. However, Nolan's greatest sense of enjoyment comes from writing and recording his own songs. "It's really fun to sit and play the piano and sing at the same time," he says. Nolan would be very happy if he could make a career out of music. "What I want to do the most is be able to go on stage and perform," he says. Listen to Nolan's ArtsFocus interview:

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Anna Mussin Phillips, flute

Anna Mussin Phillips

Anna Mussin Phillips, flute

Anna Mussin Phillips is a fifteen-year-old flutist from Springboro who is a sophomore at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.  Her grandmother gave her a flute eight years ago and Anna began learning to play.  She earned a performing arts scholarship at CJ, where she plays in school musicals and bands, and will be the marching band drum major next year.  She's also a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and has begun to teach the flute, sharing her passion for the instrument with others.  Anna says playing the flute is the thing that gives her the most joy, and so that's what she should do with her life. Listen to Anna's ArtsFocus interview:

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Nobel Zhou

Nobel Zhou, piano

Nobel Zhou is a sixteen-year-old pianist from Sidney and a student at Sidney High School. He began playing piano when he was only five and is now a student of Daira Skriblis. For his Young Talent Search audition, Nobel submitted a recording of himself playing Brahms. "I'm definitely more drawn to Romantic composers," he says, mentioning Brahms, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky specifically. Nobel is also a violinist and a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He considers the violin to be the more challenging instrument, but says, "I like piano more, actually, because there are so many more possibilities." Listen to Nobel's ArtsFocus interview:

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