Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Julia Segal (17) is a senior at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto. She is a classically trained pianist and a member of the iSing Silicon Valley Girlchoir. Her passion, however, has always been in writing songs. She is the lead singer and songwriter of a Palo Alto-based indie pop band, Reverie (reveriebandofficial.com), with whom she performed at various gigs in the Bay Area. She has spent much of her childhood and teenage years tutoring her younger sister. Besides music, she serves as the Co-President for her school's Jewish Student Union. She is looking forward to being able to share her passion and love for music with children around the world.
Chief Operations Officer
Lisa Kopelnik (17) is a senior at the Head-Royce school in Oakland, California. She is a classically trained pianist who began playing the piano in first grade, and recently completed the most advanced level of the Certificate of Merit with Honors. Outside of music, her passions include politics, debate, and tennis. She is her school’s K-12 All School Co-President and co-leads her school’s Women’s Affinity Group and the Jewish Student Union. She co-leads the middle school debate program at her school and is a captain of her school’s debate team. She is thrilled and honored to help your children develop a love for music, and to maintain human connection during such a distant time.
Chief Treasury Officer
Hannah Schendel (17) is a senior at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto. She deals with the financial part of the operation. Hannah has experience with volunteering through teaching kids swimming at the YMCA and working for another nonprofit called World Education Fund which aids students trying to get an education in Africa. She has a passion for music and has been playing piano for 12 years and flute for 7 years. She has passed all ten levels of the Certificate of Merit test and is currently enrolled in AP music theory. Additionally, she has won numerous awards for piano and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. Some of her other hobbies are swimming, water polo, and modeling.
Chief Publicity Officer
Simone (17) is a senior at Carlmont High School. She is the president of and publicity manager of OneWorld, an organization and school club that raises money and supplies to donate to children in third world countries. She also managed publicity for the 2020 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student of the Year Campaign to raise money for cancer research, using social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and Nextdoor.
Chief Technology Officer
Rohan Bhave (17) is a senior at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto. He is in charge of keeping the website updated and running smoothly. In addition to other volunteering experiences, he has volunteered as a tutor through several programs including the YMCA and Youth Community Service. He has been playing the piano for nine years and enjoys playing other instruments such as the Ukulele for leisure. Some of his other hobbies include photography, videography, and playing sports. He is the Visual Media Commissioner in his school's student government and is the co-chair of the Visual Media committee in a subgroup of YCS called Youth Connectedness Initiative.
Zach (17) is a senior at Henry M. Gunn High School. He plays multiple instruments, including drums, bass, guitar, piano, and vocals. Between the ages of 10 and 14, he represented School of Rock, Palo Alto, as the houseband drummer. Zach Chang is experienced as a teacher; he is a Spanish tutor, and he has volunteered for a month at a private school, teaching music and academics to kids with learning disabilities. He has also taught as a volunteer at basketball clinics for younger children. Additionally, he was the captain of his Junior Varsity volleyball team during his Sophomore year before he was moved to Varsity mid-season. He is also the Secretary-Elect for the Gunn Quantum Physics Club. His hobbies include songwriting and basketball.
Teacher Training Coordinator + Workshop Organizer
Madelynn (Maddy) Hardtke (18) is an incoming first-year at Mount Holyoke College. She has been singing her whole life in choir, children’s opera, and musical theater, but started studying formally at age 11. She was the student-leader of her high school choir, Colla Voce, for two years and has taught at the Youth Opera International’s summer program in Oakland. She learned most of what she knows about being a teacher from her time as a swim teacher, from which she learned how to help kids face their fears. She is so excited to help people find the courage to put themselves out there and try something new!
Chief Outreach Officer
Elijah Schacter (17) is a senior at Gunn High School. He has been playing the piano, clarinet, and saxophone for twelve years and is the pianist in the Gunn Big Band. Elijah has volunteered previously as a mathematics teacher for preschoolers, an English teacher for Syrian refugees, and a music teacher at Ravenswood elementary. In addition to teaching lessons themselves, Elijah and the outreach team have been working with music stores and organizations to be able to secure free instruments for those in need and they hope to be rolling out the first round of donations very soon.