Primavera Alumni

Once a Primavera Artist, always a Primavera Artist. While our support carries our Artists through High School and into the college of their choice, we are always here for advice, guidance, and moral support for our Alumni. Find out where they are now!


Zebadiah Coombs, Viola

Zebadiah began his musical education in Play on, Philly, where he learned that he music can be a vehicle to speak your truth. Our very first Primavera Artist and a graduate of Central High School, he studied viola with Daniela Pierson and now attends Rowan University as a Music Education Major. 

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Miles Salome, Bassoonist and composer

Miles is a musician, composer, and educator from West Philadelphia. She currently studies at The New School’s Mannes Conservatory. 

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Na’Zir McFadden, clarinet and conducting

Na’Zir McFadden is an 18 year old Clarinetist and Conductor. He attends the DePaul University School of Music for a double degree in Clarinet Performance and Orchestral Conducting.

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Gia Angelo, Viola

Gia first began her musical studies on violin but quickly realized that the viola is where her true voice lies. Also an amazing metal guitarist, Gia studied viola with Daniela Pierson and graduated from String Theory High School. She now attends Temple University as a double major in Music Education and Performance and studies with Kerry Ryan of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 


Dotan Yarden, Bassoon

Dotan is always helping people. He frequently lends his time to the Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra helping Rachel and Kenny with the wind section, volunteers at his synagogue, and at summer camps. A former student of Mark Gigliotti and Holly Blake, he now attends Temple University as a performance major.


Lily Mell, Violin

Lily is a musician and writer who focuses on the poetic qualities of music. She is also an avid rock climber. She began her studies at a young age and as a teen studied with Davyd Booth of the Philadelphia Orchestra and currently attends Ithaca College as a double major in violin and writing. 


akili farrow, Violin

Akili was the second Primavera Artist accepted in our first year of operations. We provided her with her first weekly private lessons with Jennifer Lee. A Marian Anderson Young Artist Study Grant in 2015 helped her to attend Interlochen, and she traveled to Asia as the only student from Philadelphia accepted to NYO in the summer of 2018. Akili was a featured young artist on From The Top, and will begin college this Fall at the Royal College of Music in London.

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