Isadora Gaois currently president of the Peninsula Grace Notes.  She is sophomore at San Mateo High School. Isadora passed CM test level 8 with honors in 2013. She sings with her school concert choir which recently received 1st place Gold at Anaheim Heritage Festival.  She also has a golden retriever named Bess.



Christopher Chen is 14 yers old and is a freshman at Crystal Springs Uplands School. He currently studies with Dr. Willborn. He won second prize at the MTAC-SF piano competition 2007 and 2009. He also plays the clarinet at PYO and enjoys swimming and golf.



Andrea Lim is 10 years old and is a fifth grader at The Carey school. She currently studies piano with John McCarthy. Andrea won second prize in 2006 and third prize in 2005 in the SF Chopin Competition. She is a member of the Otter Swim Club and loves to read Classic books as well as Archie comics.



David Hwang, First Violin, began studies at age 8 with Kate Steinberg.  As a junior at Lick Womerding High School in San Francisco, he has been a member of the violin section in the School Orchestra for three years.  Last year, the Orchestra was awarded first place in the All High School competition in the Bay Area.  While at William H. Crocker Middle School, David was a member of the band playing keyboard and percussion.  David volunteers as a tutor with Aim High, a program to assist underprivileged students.  He enjoys mountain biking and is a member of the Bicycle Club in high school.


Jason Hwang, Second Violin, has studied violin with Kate Steinberg since first grade.  Previously a member of Peninsula Youth Symphony for several years, he is now a member of the California Youth Symphony.  While at William H. Crocker Middle School, Jason progressed from Beginning Band, Concert Band, and now Symphonic Band as an eighth grader.  He plays xylophone and other percussion instruments in the school orchestra.  Jason competes in basketball, football, track and field, and lacrosse.  Jason volunteers for Self-Help for the Elderly.


Janice Yu, Viola, began viola at age 9 and now studies viola with Jay Liu, Associate Principal Violist of the San Francisco Symphony.  She was awarded the 2002 Governors Arts Scholars Award, the highest award given to high school arts students by the State of California.  As a member of the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra the summer of 2002, she performed with members of the Boston, Cleveland, National and Pittsburgh Symphonies.  She played in the viola section of the California Youth Symphony for three years.  As a sophomore at Aragon High School, Janice competes in short-distance track events and plays point guard for the Frosh-Soph Girls Basketball Team.  She was named Most Valuable Player from the 2002 Girls Track Team. She is on the Youth Worship Team at Christ Church of the Bay Area.

Jason Yu, Cello, began at age 7 and now studies with Monica Scott at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  He played with California Youth Symphony for three years.  He was awarded the 2002 Governors Arts Scholars Award, the highest award given to high school students by the State of California.  During the summer of 2002, Jason performed in the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra among members of the Cleveland and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Chinese Christian Church Music Institute.  He is now part of the Advanced Chamber Music Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  As a senior at Aragon High School in San Mateo, he is in the All-County Honors Orchestra.  Jason plays badminton for the Aragon Varsity Team. 

Joyce Lin presents the PGN Youth Ensemble at each of its performances and writes the program notes for its repertoire.  She has studied piano, music theory, and flute.  A junior at Mills High School in Millbrae, Joyce is Class Secretary as well as Chief Editor of the school’s newspaper, Thunderbolt.  Last year, Joyce was one of the three winners in the High School Journalism contest co-sponsored by the San Francisco Press Club and Northern California Press Women.  While at Highlands Christian School, she worked as stage manager in “Bookmark”, the first major play ever produced by students there.  Also, Joyce played a main character in “Waiters”, a musical produced by Christ Church of the Bay Area Youth Group.  Joyce is Servant Team President at Christ Church.  She speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and conversational Spanish.


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