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Sunday September 30, 4:00 PM

violinist, Ellie Dixon


Ellie Dixon, a 17-year-old high school senior hailing from

Charlotte, North Carolina, is an accomplished violinist.

She began playing at the tender age of five and is currently

under the tutelage of Kevin Lawrence at the

University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Ellie's

accolades include winning the Arts+ String Orchestra Camp

Solo Competition and being selected as a Debbie Abels

Strings Scholar in 2019. She has also been awarded prizes

in both junior and senior divisions of the Symphony Guild of

Charlotte Young Artists Competition and was a finalist in the

2022 and 2023 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra  -

Youth Concerto Competition. Notably, Ellie received

the Philadelphia International Music Festival

Special Achievement Award at the 2023 competition.


Ellie is part of a UNCSA piano trio and competed in the

2022 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has

had the privilege of participating in masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Jan Vogler, Paul Neubauer, Eric Larsen, and Peter Orth. Ellie played alongside violinist Jennifer Frautschi and cellist Clive Greensmith during the Fall 2022 UNCSA Chamber Music Festival in a performance of Schumann's Piano Quintet.

During her summers, Ellie attended the Meadowmount School of Music, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, going on walks, spending time with friends, and performing for residents at retirement homes and her church.

violinist Ellie Dixon

                                                                                Sunday,  January 5, 2024, 4:00PM

                                                                                Classical Mandolinist, Carrera Stamile

                                                                            Carrera Stamile, a 17-year-old high school senior from

                                                                               Roebuck, South Carolina, started playing the  violin at the

                                                                               age of 3 and switched to the mandolin at  11.  She's studied

                                                                               with various teachers,  including  Alon Sariel and Jacob

                                                                               Reuven (both in Israel) through the magic of online lessons.


                                                                               Carrera has achieved notable  milestones in her   

                                                                               musical journey, including two solo concerts in 2021

                                                                               and 2022, performing with the Piedmont Chamber 

                                                                              Orchestra, and winning the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra

                                                                              Future Stars Concerto Competition in 2023.  She has also had solo honors recitals at the Masterworks Festival, appeared in Lawson Academy Concerts, and won first place at the Charleston International Baroque Music Competition in 2022. Carerra was the recipient of a 2022 Jack Kent Cook Young Artist Award, performed as a featured soloist on NPR's From the Top in April 2023 and collaborated with Dexter Doris in a Treble Duets concert on the air in June 2023.

In addition to her live performances, Carrera has been showcased on From the Top's Daily Joy and Mandolin Mondays with David Benedict. This year, she was selected to participate in the University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival Course in Mandolin Excellence.

Carrera's dream is to become a professional classical mandolinist. She shares her music on her YouTube channel, Mandolin Princess, playing a double-top mandolin by Carlo Mazzaccara from Modena, Italy. Carrera is thrilled about the opportunity to play with the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra, marking another significant step in her musical journey.

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Nicholas Lin violinist

Sunday, May 5, 2024 4:00PM

Violinist,  Nicholas Lin

Nicolas Lin, a 9th-grade student, is currently

studying violin under the tutelage of Elizabeth Faidley.

He has displayed his virtuosic skills as a soloist with

the IMONY Chamber Orchestra and

Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. Moreover,

he has had the opportunity to learn from renowned

violinists such as Augustine Hadelich, Ray Chen,

Carolyn Widmore, and Lisa Batiashvili

in their masterclasses. His exceptional talent has

been recognized through numerous accolades,

winning the Grand Prize of the 2020 Prima Volta

Music Competition, the 2020 International Young

Artists Competition,  and the Gold Medal at the

2020 National Young Maestro Competition. 

He also received First Prizes at the 2020 NY Artists

International Competition, the 2020 NY Young Virtuoso Competition , the 2020-21East Coast International Music Competition, the 2021  VIVO International Competition, the 2021 Manhattan International Music Competition and the 2021Canadian International Music Competition. When he is not playing the violin, Nicolas indulges in his hobbies of filmmaking, playing basketball, and video games.

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