Nikhil Avadhani, 18, has been playing piano since he was 7 and studying the extensive curriculum at the Calderone School of Music with Prof. Ala Epelbaum. He is a three-time winning medalist at the Golden Key Festival, performing in New York, and a first-place winner of the Mid Atlantic Music Teachers' Guild's Piano Competition. He has taken yearly exams with the Music Educators Association Annual Piano Auditions obtaining an Outstanding + Rating and has received the prestigious Lillian Rosenthal Award for achieving scores of 90 or better on his exams for ten years. Nikhil also plays keyboard with the Morris Hills High School Jazz Band and Marching Band. He will be attending college in the fall with a major in neuroscience.
Carla Auld is a soloist and chamber musician who promotes the performance and recording of new classical and cross-over music by various composers throughout the world. She has performed regularly as a soloist in conjunction with the West Side Oratorio Orchestra and several ensembles throughout the New York metro area.
Carla Auld holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Temple University and has studied with Julius Baker, Bernard Goldberg, Robert Dick and Gerardo Levy. As an educator, she is one of the founding members of the New Jersey Flute Choir Day and was part of the project's coaching team from 1995-2008. Carla Auld is a Bernard Hammig flute artist. She maintains a private teaching studio in her home.
Sandeepan Mukherjee, a resident of New Providence, New Jersey, has been playing the classical guitar since the age of 6 under the able tutelage of the teachers at the Calderone School of Music, studying the guitar with Mr. Michael Oppenheim, theory and harmony, solfeggio and music history. His musical journey also involved winning a place in the New Jersey Honors Choir as a middle school student and a member of his middle school jazz band where he played the electric guitar. His passion for music also earned him the honor of performing at the Golden Key Festival in New York City for three consecutive years. He has also won numerous other laurels, which include receiving the Outstanding Student Award at the Calderone School of Music for multiple years and winning awards at several music competitions, including the Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild, First Place in the CSM Competition for Classical Guitar and many performances at the Calderone School of Music, at his school in the Talent Shows and with the Middle School Choir. He consistently obtains an Outstanding + Rating in his Annual Exams at CSM.
Apart from his interests in music, Sandeepan qualified for the New Jersey State swimming championships in 2016 and was captain of the swimming team at New Providence High School in his senior year. Sandeepan is also a trained martial artist holding an E-Dan, second degree black belt, certification from the Moo Duk Kwan school of martial arts.