Haruka is in her 3rd semester as a teaching assistant for Buffalo String Works. She is currently a junior at University at Buffalo majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Music Performance. She is a member of the UB Symphony Orchestra and has taken viola lessons with Leanne Darling. Haruka started violin at the age of 4 and viola at the age of 13. From 7th through 12th grade, she was a member of the Greater Newark Youth Orchestras as a violinist and had the chance to perform at NJPAC and Carnegie Hall. While still a member her senior year, she volunteered to teach music to the young students of the Newark, NJ area who are unable to afford private lessons. Haruka participated in various NJSMA and NJMEA competitions as a violist and soprano 1. In the Summer of 2016, she was part of the American Music Abroad Red Tour performing in the streets, cathedrals, and even caves of Europe. She will graduate UB in May 2020. Haruka’s future plans involve going to medical school and continuing her studies in music so she may bring the two together to help heal her patients!
Hey guys! My name is Jason Caballes. This is my first semester here in BSW. I am a first year Computer Science major in SUNY at Buffalo. I have been playing violin for seven years now, touring countries all over Europe (Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, and Hungary) with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. We have also played in various venues here in New York (Adelphi University, Queens College, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie hall). I also dabble a little bit with the piano and guitar. I am a big fan of Jazz and love playing Jazz music on the violin. My favorite violinist would have to be Ray Chen. My favorite pieces would have to be the Sibelius violin concerto and the Itzhak Perlman version of the Scent of a Woman Tango. I have been teaching violin since high school and I am super pumped to be helping out in BSW this semester!
George has been with Buffalo String Works for 3 years now. He really enjoys sharing his knowledge about and love for the violin. He has had many great violin teachers himself, including Mr. Christopher Holmes and Ms. Sarah Mitchell, who kindled his love of music.
A graduate of Canisius High School, George participated in several ECMEA and NYSSMA solo festivals, and made the all-county orchestra in 2015. He is now pursuing his B.S. degree in nursing at D'Youville College, and looks forward to being a part of Buffalo String Works for many more years to come.
James Burnett is a freshman at Canisius High School. Music is definitely his passion. He started cello at age 3 with Nate Keagle, who taught him above all that music is FUN. His current cello teacher is Emily Hall, and he has started learning classical guitar with Jim Piorkowski. When he is not studying or practicing or playing music in church, James works on song writing. His music tastes are ecclectic, but James' favorite band is definitely Twenty One Pilots.
Katie is currently a senior at the University at Buffalo pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and Nutrition. She began working with Buffalo String Works as a teaching assistant in the spring of 2018. Katie first discovered her love of music growing up as a dancer, and began playing the violin at the age of nine. She has participated in various NYSSMA competitions and is an active member of the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra. Katie will be attending medical school in the fall of 2019, and is excited to utilize her passion for music to heal and enhance the lives of her future patients.
Hannah is in her 4th semester as a teaching assistant for Buffalo String Works. She is currently attending University at Buffalo for Flute Performance. Hannah will graduate in the fall of 2019 from UB. Additionally she teaches Flute lesson in the South Towns of Buffalo, plays piccolo for Amherst Chamber Ensembles, and performs in various UB ensemble groups. She currently studies with Natalie Scanio and Caroline Sonett. Hannah is excited to continue working with the students at Buffalo String Works.