Anika Meisel

Member Since April 2019, Regional Director since Fall 2019

Seattle, WA Region

Anika Meisel is a Senior at Garfield High School in Seattle and has been playing violin for the past twelve years. She currently studies with Michael Jinsoo Lim, concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra; and Emily Acri, a Musical Arts PhD student at the University of Washington. In the 2018-19 school year, Anika was principal second violin in the Garfield Symphony Orchestra as well as a first violin in Junior Symphony Orchestra through the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO). She was selected as one of twenty-five finalists in the Seattle Philharmonic’s 2019 Bushell Concerto Competition. In the summer of 2019, Anika passed the Osaka International Music Competition Semifinal, adjudicated by world-renowned pianist, Mitsuko Ichimura. She has attended Marrowstone Music Festival at Western Washington for the past two summers and received a full scholarship to the 2019 Northern Lights Music Festival in Aurora, Minnesota. In addition to performing, Anika enjoys teaching. She has mentored students at SYSO Summer Music—a summer music camp designed to give young students a fun and educational orchestral experience—for the past three years. This is her third of teaching violin at Lowell Elementary School through the Seattle Music Partners program.

Estella Xu

Member Since April 2019

Seattle, WA Region

Estella Xu is a sophomore at Interlake High School and has been playing bassoon for five years. She has studied with Francine Peterson, an active freelancer and teacher in the Puget Sound Area, as well as Dr. Christin Schillinger, the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Ithaca College School of Music. Estella participates in the Interlake High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band as well as the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. In the past, she has also performed in the All-State concert band and chamber orchestra as well as the All-Northwest concert band. In addition to winning several awards in piano performance such as the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association Sonatina And Sonata Festivals, the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association Gold Cup Festival, the North Sound Federation of Music Club Scholarship Competition, and the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association Time Era Festival, she has won the Eastshore Regional Solo and Ensemble Competition on solo bassoon. Estella has also completed the Royal Conservatory of Music exams. In the past summers, she has participated in the Vianden Festival in Luxembourg. She has also organized another community initiative, The Community Whole Note, which strives to bring more performances to the public. 

Adeline Kovell

Member Since April 2019

Seattle, WA Region

Adeline Kovell has played violin in Seattle Youth Symphony for 9 years and Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra for 7 years. She has taught private lessons for 4 years, has regularly played in pit orchestras at Edmonds Heights K-12 for 3 years, and has been involved in the Shorewood High School Chamber Ensemble for 3 years. She is currently secretary-elect of the Shorewood High School Tri-M club (Modern Music Masters). She has earned awards at Seattle Young Artists Music Festival and Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, and has performed at Carnegie Hall with Shorewood High School Chamber Ensemble. She studies violin with Ron Patterson.

Gabriela Vera-Kavanaugh

Member Since Fall 2019

Seattle, WA Region

Gabriela has always enjoyed listening to classical music, but found a love for performing it. She has been in a variety of orchestras both in and out of school since fifth grade, and will be a senior in the 2019-2020 school year. Gabriela has attended summer music camps at Cornish College of the Arts, and recently performed in the Marrowstone Music Festival at Western Washington University. She has also played
twice with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra at Benaroya Hall. She is very excited to be a part of the Back to Bach Project and share her love of music!
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