Current Leonard Bernstein Fellows
Rube Bevan is a pianist and harpsichordist from Louisville, Kentucky and a sophomore Leonard Bernstein Fellow at Brandeis. Rube has been playing piano for eleven years and harpsichord for three. In addition to solo performance, she has played in pit orchestras, jazz combos, and accompanied orchestra, chorus, vocalists, and instrumentalists on both piano and harpsichord. Rube also spent five years as a Hebrew Cantillation teacher at The Temple Hebrew School in Louisville. Rube is thrilled to be attending Brandeis as a Leonard Bernstein Fellow and is interested in pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in music.
Amy Clark is a senior from Danville, New Hampshire majoring in music and computer science. She has played the violin since she was 8 years old and opened a box under the Christmas tree nearly as tall as she was. Since then she has studied with Michele Cronin, Noami Miloradovich, Mimi Bravar, Dan Stepner, and Robyn Bollinger, and is currently studying with Andrea Segar. Before Brandeis, Amy helped found the Greenhouse String Quartet at Timberlane Regional High School, and spent two years in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Currently Amy is the Concertmaster of the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra and loves playing chamber music under the tutelage of the wonderful Lydian String Quartet. Amy’s interest in music doesn’t stop at the violin, as she is also the music director of Brandeis Company B, the premier oldies a cappella group at Brandeis. Most days, Amy can be found secluding herself in Slosberg, spending all her time playing music that isn’t what she should be practicing. In her downtime, she dabbles in napping, snacks, and singing in the shower. She also enjoys people, places, things, and other nouns.
Aaron Finkel is member of the class of 2020 at Brandeis University. He is from Miami, FL, and is majoring in Politics and minoring in Music and Legal Studies. After Brandeis, Aaron plans to attend law school. He plays the clarinet, piano, and alto saxophone, and has been an instrumentalist since elementary school. Some of his favorite repertory highlights include music by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Brahms. During his senior year of high school, Aaron was nominated for one of South Florida’s most prestigious academic/talent/community service awards - the Silver Knight Award - in the category of Music. Outside of the Music Department, Aaron serves on the Student Union and is an Undergraduate Departmental Representative for the Legal Studies Department.
Aaron believes that music is more important and relevant now than ever before. At a time when life and society are becoming increasingly fast-paced, impersonal, and divided, music serves as a unifying force. It’s a vehicle for expression, and a celebration of creativity and beauty. Music binds us all together, no matter who we are, or where we come from. Aaron is excited to be performing with such outstanding musicians and is looking forward to the rest of his undergraduate years at Brandeis.
Nicole Huang is a Leonard Bernstein Fellow in the class of 2019. She is majoring in human computer interaction and biology and minoring in music. Nicole has played the violin since the age of 8. After participating in both the Junior and Senior district festivals in Massachusetts, as well as other orchestras before college, she is happy to have switched her focus over to chamber music at Brandeis. Nicole enjoys and values all the experiences and learning opportunities gained from playing with other students and working with the faculty in the music department. She has been so glad to have this fellowship to keep her connected to her instrument and to music.
Jasmine Lee is from Temecula, California. Jasmine is currently a junior at Brandeis, double majoring in biology, on the pre-med track, and music. Jasmine has played the flute for the past 11 years and has played the piano for the past 13 years. Jasmine has also performed in solo competitions and recitals around Southern California and was a part of the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble in Irvine, California. As an LBF, Jasmine has participated in the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra and is currently in a chamber ensemble trio. Jasmine looks forward to working with fellow musicians and furthering her music education.
Alison Ma is currently pursuing a BS/MS in biochemistry along with minors in music and East Asian studies. Originally from Long Island, New York, Alison started the piano and the violin at a young age. After being accepted into Laura Mount's studio at Mannes the New School of Music, she began playing the viola. Alison actively participated in theory, ear training, chamber music, and the philharmonic orchestra at Mannes. During her high school career, along with participating in local and state level music festivals, she also participated in the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy and Boston University Tanglewood Institute's Young Artists Orchestra. When not playing the viola, Alison enjoys baking and exploring the city. After Brandeis, she is hoping to attend medical school.
Aaron Newitt began taking piano lessons at age five and also played percussion through his middle and high school wind ensembles. Now he is a sophomore at Brandeis in the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship. While he intends to major in music, he also has other academic interests. He intends to also major in Hispanic Studies and hopes to study music abroad in a Spanish-speaking country to unify his two main interests. He is taking advantage of the Fellowship to play more chamber music, a field in which he would like to gain more experience. In addition, he is using his private lessons to expand his piano repertoire so that he can gain a greater understanding of piano literature.
In the future, Aaron hopes to make a living as a piano performer of some kind, likely working as a collaborative pianist with other musicians in orchestras, Lieder, and chamber works.
Dustine Reich is a junior from Barrington, Rhode Island, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in music. Before coming to Brandeis, Dustine participated in numerous orchestras and chamber programs including the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and its Icelandic Tour as well as the Greenwood Summer Chamber Program. Since freshman year, Dustine has been involved in chamber music each semester as well as private lessons with Andrea Segar. She is thrilled to be continuing her musical education as a Leonard Bernstein Fellow at Brandeis.
Wendy Yang is a junior from South Carolina pursuing a BS in chemical biology and a minor in music. In the past, she has participated in various programs and orchestras including the Indiana University Summer String Academy, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra. On-campus, she is involved with the Brandeis Asian American Students Association (BAASA), is a UDR for the chemistry department, and plays with her chamber group!