Introductions

Saturdays at 11:00 am
Introductions

Hear talented pre-college classical musicians from the Chicago area

Introductions is WFMT’s weekly Saturday morning program that features talented pre-college classical musicians in the Chicago area. Soloists and chamber ensembles perform live in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio. Large ensembles, including orchestras, choirs, and bands, are recorded at their home venues and broadcast at later dates. The program also features youth music competition winners. While many Introductions alumni pursue careers outside of music, some have gone on to study at some of the most prestigious music schools around the world and maintain careers as professional musicians.

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Robert Sanders, 18, violin and David Caplan, 17, cello

July 15, 2017

On Saturday’s program, we feature two recent graduates of Niles North High School in Skokie: 18 year old violinist Robert Sanders and 17 year old cellist David Caplan. Robert and David have known each other since middle school, and they have performed together for numerous years. Recently, Robert and David won the Gold Medal with their quartet, Quartet Bellezza of ...

Tessa Vermeulen, 17, flute

July 8, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 17 year old flutist Tessa Vermeulen. Tessa is a senior at York Community High School in Elmhurst and has studied flute for 7 years. She currently studies flute with Hideko Amano. Tessa was a finalist at the Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and she was also awarded top prizes at the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, Senior Open Division ...

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and National Youth Choir of Scotland Independence Day 2016 Encore Broadcast

July 1, 2017

On Saturday’s program, we feature selections from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) and the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s (NYCoS) July 4, 2016 performance at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. In this encore broadcast, we feature patriotic music, as well as popular American and Scottish music. Christopher Bell, Artistic Director of the NYCoS, led the orchestra and choir. For more ...

Astera String Quartet

June 24, 2017

Astera String Quartet is comprised of merit scholarship recipients and fellows of the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) Academy. The members include 17 year old violinist Hannah White, 16 year old violinist Ria Honda, 18 year old violist Kayla Cabrera, and 18 year old cellist Annamarie Wellems. The quartet is coached by Sang Mee Lee and Roland Vamos. This year, ...

LIVE: Amer Hasan, 18, clarinet

June 17, 2017

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 18 year old clarinetist Amer Hasan. Amer is a senior at Carl Sandburg High School and will be attending Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Richard Hawkins in the fall. He currently studies clarinet with Dr. Bonnie Campbell, and he previously studied with Jim La Mantia. Amer’s awards include first prizes at ...

Flianello Trio and Campanella Children’s Choir

June 10, 2017

Flianello Trio consists of three juniors at the University of Chicago Lab School, 17 year old flutist Jennifer Yu Wang, 17 year old cellist Giacomo Glotzer and 17 year old pianist Teresa Xie. Jennifer studies flute with Susan Levitin, Giacomo studies cello with Karen Basrak and Andrew Hesse, and Teresa studies piano with Dr. Olga Ridgeway. Jennifer plays principal flute ...

LIVE: Emily Cho, 13, piano

June 3, 2017

On Saturday’s live broadcast we feature 13 year old pianist Emily Cho. Emily is a 7th grader at Margaret Mead Jr. High School and studies piano with Brenda Huang. Emily started to play piano when she was 7 years old and when she was 9 years old, Emily made her solo concert debut at the Chicago Public Library, Cindy Pritzker ...

Vieira String Quartet

May 27, 2017

Vieira Quartet is a string quartet comprised of students who are Fellow scholarship recipients at the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) Academy. The members include 16 year old violinist Maya Anjali Buchanan, 17 year old violinist Karisa Chiu, 18 year old violist Steven Song, and 18 year old cellist Nathan Mo. Maya and Karisa study violin with Almita Vamos, Steven ...

LIVE: John Cao, 16, piano

May 20, 2017

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 16 year old pianist John Cao. John is a student at John Hersey High School and studies piano with Alan Chow at Northwestern University. John has also participated in masterclasses with Professor Robert McDonald of the Curtis Institute and Julliard School, Gilmore Artist Award recipient Kirill Gerstein, and pianist Spencer Myer, among others. John’s ...

LIVE: Jennifer Yu Wang, 17, flute

May 13, 2017

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 17 year old flutist Jennifer Yu Wang. Jennifer is a junior at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and has studied flute with Susan Levitin for 8 years. Jennifer’s awards include being a winner of the senior division at the 2013 Chicago Flute Club and also being a winner at the 2016 DePaul Youth ...

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory 25th Anniversary Celebration

December 16, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature recordings celebrating the 25th anniversary of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC). Based in Highwood, Illinois, MYAC offers numerous programs for pre-college musicians in the Chicago area. MYAC musicians have received national awards, and many have gone on to have successful careers as professional musicians.

Highlights from New Trier High School’s 100th Annual Winter Music Festival

December 23, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature highlights from the 100th Annual Winter Music Festival at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. The concert features holiday music performed by students in New Trier’s band, orchestra, and choir programs.