CYSO’s popular masterclass includes everything you need to know about the music admissions process. For anyone feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of college applications, we’ve got you covered! Join us online to hear from a panel of admissions and music school experts from across the country. Hear perspectives from different programs to find out how to find the right fit for you. Find out what schools look for in applicants and what you can be doing now to prepare your audition and application.
This year’s event will be streamed live on CYSO’s Facebook page.
Belmary Lorcas is a violinist, educator, social entrepreneur, and administrator. She began her musical training in Caracas, Venezuela, in the El Sistema program, beginning in the children’s orchestra and advancing through all levels to the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Conservatory Simon Bolivar and a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
As both a performer and faculty member, Belmary has taught violin lessons and coached string ensembles at performance festivals, workshops, and conservatories across Venezuela and the Philadelphia region. Since moving to Greater Philadelphia, she has performed actively as a violinist in different settings and collaborated with faculty artists, camp directors, and artistic supervisors.
Belmary currently serves as admissions and recruitment manager at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she has been part of the staff since 2017. She is always looking for ways to connect people and empower others for a better today.
As the Associate Dean of Fine Arts Recruitment, Molly is the go-to person for St. Olaf College’s renowned music and fine arts program, where she oversees the music major applications and fine arts scholarship processes. She also helps in the recruitment of students attending fine arts or creative arts focused high schools.
Molly graduated from St. Olaf in 2008 with a BA Music degree and a biomedical studies concentration. She was involved in residence life and student government, and played bassoon in both the Norseman Band and the St. Olaf Band. Molly studied abroad during the January Interim Theater in London program.
Before starting at St. Olaf, Molly worked in arts administration at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Lutheran Music Program. She completed her Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and continues to teach early childhood developmental Music Together classes.
Dr. Angela Tammen is the Admissions Director for the School of Music. In this role, she oversees music admissions and recruitment, music enrollment, and merit-based financial aid. Dr. Tammen has been instrumental in developing a strategic recruitment and enrollment plan at the School of Music, and she has also distinguished herself as a leader in the music admissions field, presenting topics on recruitment, scholarships, and transfer applications at national music and performing arts conferences. Dr. Tammen began her administrative career at the University of Illinois with Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM) and she is committed to fostering arts advocacy through ISYM and the other public engagement programs at the School of Music.
In addition to her career in administration, Dr. Tammen continues to perform and teach the oboe. In the recent past Dr. Tammen has performed with the Peoria Symphony, Springfield Choral Society, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Prairie Ensemble, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the Sinfonia da Camera. Dr. Tammen has recorded albums with the Classical Chamber Players on the Mark Records album label and with the Sinfonia da Camera on the Albany Record label.
Adrienne Thompson leads efforts for Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, a recently-established program for talented student musicians from traditionally underrepresented communities, for which CYSO co-leads with Merit School of Music. Adrienne worked most recently with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed Talent Development Program and also brings twenty years’ experience as a highly-successful high school-level orchestra director in Georgia. Thompson received a degree in flute performance from Chicago’s Sherwood Conservatory of Music (now part of Columbia College Chicago) and has an MBA from Indiana University. In 1968, Thompson became one of the first African Americans to attend Mount Greenwood Elementary School, known as the “Mount Greenwood 7.” Over the years she has helped countless young musicians prepare for some of the most prestigious university and conservatory music programs in the country.