Orford Music Ambassadors are musicians who have already studied at the Academy and are ready to share their experiences and answer your questions.
So if you want to know more about the Academy – the admissions process, student life at Orford, how our master classes work or anything else – just contact an Ambassador!
Martha Chan, flute
22 years old
Languages: English, Mandarin, and Cantonese
Martha earned her undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Bonita Boyd, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in the studio of Leone Buyse at Rice University. Martha took part in the Orford Music Academy in 2016 and in 2018, taking master classes with Julien Beaudiment, Paula Robison, Robert Langevin, and Nora Shulman. Martha also participated in the Merry Musical concert series in 2018.
“ The thing I love the most about Orford Music is the fact that I can work very closely with some of the world’s most outstanding professors and music collaborators. The small class size means that the faculty is able to pay special attention to each student.”
Jocelyn Lai, piano
27 years old
Jocelyn is a Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate at The Graduate Centre of the City University of New York. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the UBC School of Music, a Master of Music from Juilliard and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Jocelyn has taken part in master classes at the Orford Music Academy since 2012, studying alongside Yoheved Kaplinsky, André Laplante, and Jane Coop. She won Fourth Prize at the 2018 Orford Music Award.
“The Orford Music Academy offers a wonderful experience to the developing artist; great lessons from master pedagogues in the field, a secluded environment to focus on music-making, performance opportunities, and genuine encouragement from the Academy team and audience members. No doubt I am a more refined and confident pianist today because of my summers spent at Orford, and, equally important, I have made lifelong friends and cherished connections along the way!”
Agnès Langlois, cello
20 years old
Language: French and English
Agnès is an undergraduate student at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. She studied at the Orford Music Academy in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Agnès took master classes with Michel Strauss, Brian Manker & Yegor Dyachkov and, in 2016, participated in the Orford Music Academy Orchestra.
“What I like the most about the Orford Music Academy is the high quality of the teachers and collaborative pianists. The quality of their teaching and their generosity are very much appreciated. I’ve learned so much in such a short period of time. The level is high and the teachers encourage us to aim even higher, especially when we have the chance to perform in concert”
Noah Lee, cello
18 years old
Noah is an undergraduate student at Harvard College. He joined the Orford Music Academy for the first time in 2018 and took part in master classes with Michel Strauss, Lluis Claret et Laurence Lesser. Noah won Third Prize at the 2018 Orford Music Award.
“It was such an honor to participate in the Orford Music Academy this past summer! I especially loved the astounding nature surrounding the campus, as well as the incredible faculty that taught at the school. I was also so honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the Orford Music Award, where I met amazing musicians and got to compete with a repertoire that I chose and love so much!”
Alyssa Mena, flute
21 years old
Language: English and Spanish
Alyssa is currently completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She came to the Orford Music Academy for the first time in 2018, to participate in the Orford Winds Workshop with Elizabeth Rowe, Stéphane Lévesque, James Campbell, James Sommerville and Theodore Baskin.
“I loved the opportunity to play and learn from such skilled and inspired musicians around me. The quality of playing was very high, and I learned an immense amount from both my teachers and my peers. I formed connections and friendships that I’ve still kept up with pretty regularly since the program”