YMF has sponsored 150 members since 1984.  Many YMF roster members pursue music through higher education and go on to represent YMF at prestigious music programs, including the Curtis Institute of Music, CU Boulder, Harvard, Indiana University, Juilliard,  Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Princeton, Stanford and Yale.  Over 35% of our roster members have gone on to become professional musicians, teachers, conductors and composers.


Emily Levin (Spring 2017) says,

" YMF provided me not only the scholarship support to pursue competitions and festivals, but it also gave me so many performance opportunities.  It helped shape my love of performing, and created a wonderful supportive atmosphere that I still feel to this day!  This is my first year as Principal Harpist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to playing with DSO, I am Astral Artist and in the new music group Ensemble Echappe, which is based in New York City.  When I'm not playing with the DSO, I travel a lot performing solo and chamber recitals, and in the summer I teach art the Young Artists Harp Seminar.  My current project is recording my first CD, which will be realest this fall!  When I'm not playing the harp, I enjoy exploring the world with my rescue puppy, Charlie."

Rebecca Albers (Fall 2016) says,

" YMF was extremely important in my musical and personal development.  The performance experience it provided was invaluable in learning to be comfortable on stage and figuring out how to perform in a more professional, high pressure setting.  The support that the YMF community provided was also invaluable in that I gained confidence in myself through the knowledge that I had an incredible, encouraging community surrounding me and holding me up.  The financial support YMF provided meant that I was able to attend various summer festivals in high school, all of which had a major impact on my musical and personal development.

I am the Assistant Principal Violist of the Minnesota Orchestra.  I'm also a studio instructor at Macalester College in Saint Paul, and along with my sister, Julie (also YMF alum), am on the artist faculty at Mercer University's Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in Macon, GA.  Yes, this all means I never get a day off, but it's worth it!  In addition to my orchestral and teaching work, I'm a member of Accordo, a Twin Cities base chamber ensemble comprise of principal string players from the Minnesota Chamber and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.  In the summer, I take time off from orchestra to perform at various chamber music festivals, and either teach at the Bowdoin International Music Festival or play at the Marlboro Music Festival.  I feel fortunate to live in the Twin Cities' vibrant community and I love the variety of musical work I'm able to enjoy."