Lily Alexandra Mell is 16 years old and has been playing violin since the age of four. She is homeschooled, and is currently taking music-related courses at the Community College of Philadelphia. She studies privately with Davyd Booth of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Lily is Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), second violin in the PYO String Quartet, and Associate Concertmaster in the Trowbridge Chamber Orchestra at Settlement Music School. This is her fourth year in the PYO organization. In the past, she has been a high-ranking member in a series of student orchestras, and was concertmaster of the Musicopia String Orchestra for multiple years. She has participated in several chamber music ensembles at Settlement, Temple Prep, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival, which she attended six summers in a row, winning the Bach Double Competition twice.
Although Lily enjoys all different types of playing, there is nothing she loves more than playing in a large symphony orchestra - the way the music fits together, the way it feels to be swept up in sound. She particularly enjoys being in leadership roles, but is satisfied just to be a piece of a larger picture - just so long as she can still be in the middle of the energy. It is one of her biggest aspirations to be a member of a major symphony orchestra so that she can keep doing what she loves for as long as she wishes. She plans to major in music in college.
Outside of her music, Lily also hopes to become a published poet and author, and enjoys writing a great deal. She climbs and works at Go Vertical Rock Climbing Gym, and takes a multitude of classes for local homeschoolers. She plans to begin volunteer work this year, hopefully assisting younger musicians to realize their dreams.