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Meet the 2023 Youth Ambassador Cohort

El Sistema USA® is proud to announce the launch of the 2023 Youth Ambassador Program. ESUSA has selected eight high school youth ambassadors to prepare and present content at the National Symposium at Butler University March 9-11, 2023. The Youth Ambassador Program will be led by two ESUSA Alumni – Elizabeth Perez-Hickman & Ebonie Pierce – and Daniel Trahey.

Jemima Verebasaga

Juneau Alaska Music Matters

Jemima Verebasaga is a senior in high school at Raven Homeschool in Juneau, Alaska. She is a violinist of thirteen years and began learning her instrument at the El Sistema…

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Marieli Martinez

Sistema Colorado

Marieli Martinez. She is 15 years old. She was born in Venezuela but she currently lives in Colorado. She started in a music program when she was 3 years old…

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Annabelle Lee

Boston String Academy

Annabelle Lee is a musician based in Boston, Massachusetts, who has been studying violin at Boston String Academy for 11 years. Along with BSA, studies at Longy School of Music…

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2023 Youth Ambassador Leute Lagaaia

Leute Lagaaia

Sistema Utah & Tuned In

Leute Lagaaia is a senior at American Preparatory Academy in West Valley City, Utah and a peer mentor for Sistema Utah. She is a proud Samoan-American with a passion for…

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2023 Youth Ambassador Rachael Diaz

Rachael Diaz

Paterson Music Project

Based in Paterson, NJ, Rachael Diaz is a 16-year-old violist and high school junior attending Passaic County Technical Institute. Rachael has been playing viola since 2014 in the Paterson Music…

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Zoë-Ruth Brizan

Kids 4 Harmony

Zoë-Ruth Brizan is a pianist and cellist from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, who started out playing the violin in 3rd grade at her elementary school, and piano in 2nd grade at the…

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2023 Youth Ambassador Ginamarie Bocchino

Ginamarie Bocchino

Kids 4 Harmony

Ginamarie Bocchino is from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and has been attending Kids 4 Harmony for 9 years. She is a cellist, in 10th grade and on a scholarship to Miss Halls…

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2023 Youth Ambassador Felicia Adizue

Felicia Adizue


Felicia Adizue is a sophomore at Enloe High School. She is currently 16 years old and has played the violin for 8 years. She is a part of the El…

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Youth Ambassador Cohort Manager

Daniel Trahey

Manager of Creative Youth Voice & Leadership

Dan Trahey is a musician, composer, educator, social entrepreneur and architect for socially conscious, artistically progressive, and genre bending music programs in the United States, South America, and Europe. He…

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Alumni Ambassadors

Ebonie Pierce

Alumni Leader

Ebonie Pierce is a graduate of University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance. There she was a Wind Ensemble Librarian and a flutist in…

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Elizabeth Perez-Hickman

Alumni Leader

Elizabeth Perez-Hickman is a Venezuelan oboist currently studying at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University on full scholarship, where her teacher is Nicholas Stovall. Elizabeth began playing the…

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