Congrats to the NEXTGen Alumni Class of 2023 Graduates!

Midori & Friends has completed two years of the NEXTGen Musician program and are thrilled to celebrate alumni who are continuing their educational journeys! Join us in congratulating the NEXTGen alumni who will be attending college this fall:


Ibrahima Guisse, Guitar

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts Class of 2023

University of Southern California Class of 2027

“Music education is important because it’s done a lot for me. It’s led me down a path to eventually get into my dream college and it’s been essential in building me as a character.”


Nathaniel Matthie, Violin

Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music Class of 2023

Purchase College Class of 2027

“I advocate for the world of art to grow so that many can flourish from it and find desirable and fun passions.”


Penelope Shvarts, Guitar

Brooklyn Technical High School Class of 2023

Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University Class of 2027

“Due to the NEXTGen program at Midori & Friends, I am able to develop my personal artistry and explore new means of expression outside of the confines of music with a group of accepting, like-minded peers.”


Sophie Kuliyeva, Violin

Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music Class of 2023

Carleton College Class of 2027

“I got to experience music performance opportunities I didn’t even know were possible such as a single violin being part of a Latin Band or having the chance to be a part of Midori & Friends. This program allowed me to gain confidence to never stop doing what I love and aspire to, music.”


Wilton Martinez, Violin

Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music

Manhattanville College Class of 2027

“As a young person I wish to make a difference by advocating for a change in my community. The change I wish to see in the music field is more opportunities for kids to let their creativity loose and make more music.” 


We wish all of our graduating alumni the best of luck in their next steps! Click here for more information about our NEXTGen Musician program.