Julia Segal (16) is a junior 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. She is looking forward to being able to share her passion and love for music with children around the world.
Chief Communications Officer
Lisa Kopelnik is a junior at Head-Royce school in Oakland, California. She has been playing the piano since she was in first grade, and recently completed level 10 of the Certificate of Merit with Honors. She has been on the student council since 6th grade, and is currently captain of the debate and tennis teams, and leads the middle school debate club at her school. She is also the leader of the Women's Affinity Group and Jewish Student Union at her school. She feels honored to help your children develop a love for music while also playing a part to help fight the coronavirus.
Simone (17) is a junior 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.
Zach (17) is a Junior 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.
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 Operating Officer
Naama Bejerano (17) is an incoming freshman at Stanford University. She has been playing flute for the past 9 years and has performed in Carnegie Hall. She has extensive experience in teaching working as a Taekwondo instructor, teaching students of all ages with various disabilities. Additionally, she has worked as a teacher at RISU and as a Hebrew teacher assistant. She is looking forward to spreading her passion and knowledge of music.
Hannah Schendel (17) is a junior 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. She is very excited and honored to be on the board!
Chief Technology Officer
Rohan Bhave (17) is a Junior at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto. He designed the logo and works on 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.
Benie (17) is a junior at Henry M. Gunn High School. She's one of the co-secretaries for QuaranTunes and the headteacher of strings. She loves playing music and being a part of a team of people who are passionate about music and teaching. Her past leadership experience as treasurer of one of the clubs at her high school, stage manager during middle school, and student council in elementary school has inspired her to be on the QuaranTunes board and helps her with the position requirements.
Josh Thurston-Milgrom is a jazz bassist and educator based in Palo Alto. He is Director of Instrumental Music at Castilleja School, Lecturer in Jazz Bass at Stanford University, and a longtime member of the faculty of Stanford Jazz Workshop. He also teaches privately and performs frequently, both as a sideman and leading his own group.
CHRISSA HAYES MEDINA
Chrissa Hayes Medina has been working as a vocal coach and piano instructor for over 12 years. Aside from private instruction she also conducts a choir and performs whenever she can on the side. Chrissa has also worked as a vocal director on 7 different musicals. She studied independently throughout her whole life as well as at Citrus College and received a bachelors degree from the University of La Verne.
Phillip Harris is the Vocal Music Director at Head-Royce School. He performed at Carnegie Hall as a soloist under the baton of Jacqueline Hairston (MidAmerica Productions) and at New York’s Lincoln Center where Classical Singer Magazine noted,“Sims assembled a stellar group of singers with a talented younger generation of artists including Phillip Harris.” A winner of the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Harris has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, The Aspen Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Percussion Ensemble.
Frank Levy is Professor of Piano at San Jose State University School of Music and Dance in California. Mr. Lévy taught at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division for 13 years (1995-2008) and in the DMA program of the CUNY Graduate Center (2008-2012). He has been Artist/Teacher at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, among others.