top of page
The People Who Make it Happen

Mockingbird Melody (MBM) is composed of high school volunteers who are always ready and passionate about spreading the beauty of music to their community. 

Screenshot 2020-12-09 103041.jpg

NaYoung Yang


Violinist NaYoung Yang studied violin performance at the Juilliard Pre-College with Dr. Ann Setzer from 2009 to 2014, and with Dr. Eugenia Choi. During the Pre-College, she also studied piano as a secondary instrument with Ms. Adelaide Roberts. During college, she studied violin with Prof. Soovin Kim of the New England Conservatory of Music. She debuted as a soloist at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center as a winner of the 2010 New York International Music Competition, and won ~20 national and international music competitions since her first win in 2008. NaYoung played 10 times as a soloist with various orchestras in NY, NJ, and PA, gave four solo recitals and frequently played as a soloist and chamber in various venues. During college, she played as a concertmistress at a few concerts of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra (HRO) and was a concertmaster of Harvard College Opera. She served as President of the HRO in 2017 and is currently a Board Member of the HRO Foundation. She is a former soloist and concertmaster of the London Doctors Orchestra and Choir during the 2019 season.

After receiving her BA from Harvard University in 2018, she earned her Master of Public Health from Imperial College London in 2019. She is currently a medical student at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as a Global Health Scholar.



Evelyn Chao is a junior attending East Brunswick High School. She has been in Mockingbird Melody for the past three years and has been president for the past two. Evelyn has played the violin for 8 years and has also played the piano for 10. In the NJ Solo and Ensemble Festival, Evelyn received gold medals on both violin and piano with a perfect score on violin. She is also the 2 time assistant concertmaster and President of the Bravura Youth Orchestra and also plays with the award-winning Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. Beyond MBM, Evelyn furthers her passion for music through an organization called Helping Harmony, where she works to provide free instruments and private music lessons to refugee children across New Jersey. In her free time, Evelyn loves spending time with her friends, teaching piano, cooking, and playing volleyball.

Meet The Team

MBM Hannah_edited_edited_edited_edited.j

Hannah Lin

Vice President 2021-23

Hannah Lin is a junior at East Brunswick High School. She has played the violin for over a decade and is currently studying the violin with Dr. Sharon Cho. Hannah has participated in Central Jersey and New Jersey regional intermediate orchestras for consecutive years and has received an All-State Intermediate Orchestra recognition award from the East Brunswick Board of Education. Auditioning around the country, she also wins in several national and international music competitions, many of which are accompanied by performances at renowned venues, such as Carnegie Hall and the Merkin Concert Hall. At the 2021 New Jersey State Solo and Ensemble Festival, Hannah was judged by a world-class panel of adjudicators and won gold class as both a violin soloist and violinist in a duet. Apart from the violin, Hannah likes to volunteer and bake bread and desserts.

MBM Keshav_edited.jpg

Keshav Ramesh

Music Director

Keshav Ramesh has played the cello for six years, beginning his journey in the East Brunswick orchestra program. His passion for music has only grown as time continued. Keshav has played in both the CIMEA Regional Orchestra and the NJMEA All-State Orchestra. He has also won multiple awards at the MAMTG Music Festival. Alongside learning the cello, Keshav has continued to develop his musical abilities by studying composition and orchestral conducting—skills that have given him an even deeper appreciation for classical music.

Nishka Rao 2023.jpg

Nishka Rao

Vocals Director

Nishka Rao is a junior at East Brunswick High School. She has been singing for eleven years and has won various competitions such as the New York Lyric Opera, NATS, MAMTG, Laurita Idol and the American Protégé We Sing Pop International Competition. She has also performed at Symphony Space Hall and Columbian University. On the side, she enjoys watching musicals, arranging harmonies, writing and swimming. She is very excited to be on the executive board for the next school year!

MBM Isabella1.jpeg

Isabella Francisco

Double Bass
Website Manager

Isabella Francisco is a sophomore in high school. She's been playing the double bass for 5 years and plans to continue throughout high school. So far, she has participated in the CJMEA High School Orchestra and NJMEA Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in her freshman year. Other than playing, she likes to make visual art and bake. She's excited to see what she can do with the MBM website the next school year!

MBM Shayan_edited.jpg

Shayan Chaudhury

Director of Outreach

Shayan Chaudhury will be MBM's 2022-23 Director of Outreach. Shayan is a vocalist who has participated in CJMEA choirs and also plays the guitar. He loves music and writing and is excited to be a part of the MBM exec board!

MBM Emily.jpg

Emily Asuncion

Social Media Manager

Emily Asuncion is a junior at EBHS and is excited to be managing MBM's social media this year. She has been performing with MBM as a vocalist and was a part of chorus for 6 years. Other than singing, she enjoys photography, sketching, exploring new music, and learning new languages as well.

MBM Prashasth_edited_edited_edited.jpg

Prashasth Turaga


Prashasth Turaga has been singing since the age of 4, exploring both Indian classical and Western music, including pop and choral music. He is a member of the 2023 NAFME All-Eastern Region mixed choir. He has also been playing piano for nine years, performing at the Carnegie Hall Winners Recital in 2019.

MBM Ethan_edited.jpg

Ethan Lee


Ethan Lee is a junior and will be Mockingbird Melody's treasurer for the 2022-2023 school year. He plays the cello and has been playing under the guidance of Dr. Hyojin Lee for 7 years. Ethan also likes to listen to music, play Valorant and volleyball, and rock climb.

Shlok Pathak 2023.jpg

Shlok Pathak


Shlok Pathak is a junior at East Brunswick High School and vocalist in MBM. He is vice president of EBHS Drama Club as well as president of EBHS Men's Choir. He loves to sing and play piano and is so excited to be a part of MBM this season!

Screenshot 2020-12-23 154837_edited.jpg

Justin Ham


Justin Ham is a junior at East Brunswick high school. He has been playing the viola for the last 6 years, starting in 4th grade. He currently plays for the Veritas Youth Symphony Orchestra and has been for the last 3 years. Justin also participated in the CJMEA Regionals Orchestra and currently works under William Law. Besides the viola, he has also played the piano as he traveled to Carnegie Hall and won the Gold award for the Golden Key Music Festival from 2015-2018. In his free time, Justin enjoys various activities such as golf.


Emma Lin


Emma Lin is currently a senior attending East Brunswick High School. She has been practicing the cello for about seven years with private lessons and has experience with piano and violin. Apart from Mockingbird Melody, throughout the years, she has participated in the Central Jersey Music Educators Association Orchestra and the New Jersey Music Educators Association Orchestra. Emma continues to attend several music competitions, some of which have allowed her to perform at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall numerous times. She enjoys listening different kinds of music, walking in nature, and experience as much as possible.

Screenshot 2020-12-23 155813_edited.jpg

Michael Kim

Violin & Piano

Michael Kim is currently a junior at EBHS. Michael plays the piano as a secondary instrument and enjoys listening to music. Other than being a musician, Michael has a keen interest in science and likes to read. He hopes to do well academically and continue his musical endeavors.


Jessica Hong


Jessica Hong is a freshman attending CJHS. She served as the principal cellist of the NJMEA All-State Intermediate Orchestra and the CJMEA Intermediate Chamber Orchestra, as well as won awards in various cello and piano competitions, such as Golden Key Music Festival, IMPACT Young Artists Competition, NLPA International Young Artists Competition, and NJMTA Young Musicians Competition. She is also a member of the Bravura Youth Orchestra and has played with the prestigious Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides music, Jessica has been an active member on the school Science Olympiad team and enjoys taking care of her pet turtles, drawing, bike-riding, birdwatching, and hanging out with her friends.

Emma Willson 2023.jpg

Emma Wilson


Emma Wilson is an 11th grade violinist attending East Brunswick High School. Her love for music began at a very young age, as she sang in the Rutgers Children’s Choir from ages 4-14. Her real passion was found in orchestra, however, as she began violin in fourth grade. In addition to the high school chamber orchestra, she plays in a quartet and teaches violin and viola to many young aspiring musicians.

Hanna Lee 2023.jpg

Hanna Lee


Hanna Lee is currently a senior at East Brunswick High School. She has been playing oboe for 4 years and is privately studying reed making with Hannah Fusco. She has participated in the TCNJ Honors Wind Ensemble festival as first chair and is currently in the process of auditioning for EWS Youth, CJMEA Region Band, and for college in order to pursue a career in performance. She has studied at and obtained multiple scholarships from Berklee College of Music. Hanna has played clarinet in Varsity Marching Band for all of high school. Other than music, Hanna enjoys driving, eating dimsum, reading manga, and roller skating.

Jonathan Yu 2023.jpg

Jonathan Yu


Jonathan Yu is currently a junior at East Brunswick High School and has been playing the piano for 7 years. He won a gold prize in the International Music and Arts Society competition, performing at Carnegie Hall. Jonathan loves delving into various genres of music, from Pop and Rock to Classical and Harlem Renaissance Jazz. He has experimented with many instruments—though without much success—such as the violin, guitar, flute, and African conga drums. In his free time, he enjoys singing karaoke, biking, playing table tennis, watching dramas and Hong Kong movies, and hanging out with friends. He loves learning about philosophy, psychology, sociology, and biology, and also has an interest in linguistics and language learning. He hopes that his experiences in MBM can broaden his musical scope and build meaningful connections with his friends and others in his community.

Savani Abey 2023.jpg

Savani Abeynayaka


Savani Abeynayaka is a junior at EBHS and has been playing piano since she was 5 years old. Throughout the years, she has participated and completed several levels of the ABRSM examinations. Aside from playing music, she enjoys baking sweets, going shopping, and writing in her free time. She’s very excited to begin her experience with Mockingbird Melody for the upcoming school year.

Rishma Rao 2023.jpg

Rishma Rao


Rishma Rao is an eighth grader at Churchill Junior High School. She has been singing since she was seven and has performed in several competitions such as MAMTG and at Columbia University. In addition to her passion for singing, she enjoys reading, playing piano, dancing, and swimming. She is very excited to perform as a vocalist for Mockingbird Melody.

Sean Li 2023.jpg

Sean Li


Sean Li is a sophomore who has been playing clarinet for 5 years. He made it into the New Jersey All State Symphonic Band and has participated in the International Talented Young Musician Olympia Competition 8th Annual Winners' Recital. Sean also loves to draw, paint, and do graphic design.

Matthew Ho 2023.jpg

Matthew Ho


Matthew Ho is a freshman at Churchill Junior High School. He started playing the cello in 4th grade with his school orchestra and currently studies at the Juilliard Pre-College. He has been awarded top prizes in many competitions, such as the VIVO International Music Competition and the NLPA International Young Artists Competition. Matthew has performed at Carnegie Hall and is the winner of the MTNA state competition in the junior strings division. In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing video games, biking, and cooking.

Emmy Winston 2023.jpg

Emmy Winston


Emmy Winston is a Junior in East Brunswick and has been singing her whole life. She has taken formal voice lessons for 1 year and has been performing in musicals for 8 years. In addition, she has been studying drums for 9 years and completed several online courses through Berklee College of Music. Emmy is involved in her school’s bella voce honors choir and participates in clubs such as drama club, acabellas, and more. She also writes, produces, and mixes her own music.

bottom of page