Members of Tour de Fours
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Ken Lin is currently a junior at Issaquah High school, and has played the violin for five years, currently studying under Dr. Marcus Talley. He has years of experience playing in multiple ensembles, and has participated in many weddings and private corporate events. He began to play violin when he was in middle school, and was encouraged and inspired by his parents, who had also introduced him to a musical community at a young age. Since his debut as a violinist, Ken has since fallen in love with the nuances of ensemble intricacy. Ken believes that when a connection is felt between all the individual members of a quartet, a very special and intimate relationship is formed to complete a balance of musical expression and technicality.
Sophie Wang is currently a junior at Issaquah High School, and has been playing the viola for 6 years. She has participated in numerous orchestral programs including the Washington Music Educator Association All-State competition, Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Marrowstone Ensemble Program, and Evergreen Philharmonic of which she is the current principal. Her musical achievements include second place and Honorable Mention at the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside. Sophie has also consecutively scored the highest possible rating during the Washington State Solo and Ensemble competition since 2012. Her ambition and motivation has placed her in the most prestigious orchestra in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Sophie began teaching viola lessons in the fall of 2014. This is Sophie’s first year in Tour de Fours, and she is very excited to have the privilege of working with such a talented group of musicians! Sophie hopes to attend the University of California in San Diego, and desires to major in biology with a minor in music studies. Her other various interests include martial arts, spending time with her pet snake Jake, and playing the acoustic guitar.
Benjamin Richardson began playing cello at the age of three. He has won several awards for solo and ensemble contests in the Washington State league, including first place at the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside. He achieved the Tonkonogui Award for Excellence in Chamber Music during the Music Northwest Camp, and was also recognized for his performance in the Marrowstone and Seattle Young Artist Music Festivals. He was named principal cellist of the Seattle Youth Symphony in 2014. Ben has recently studied under the renowned tutelage of Walter Gray and Efe Baltacigil of the Seattle Symphony. In addition to playing cello, Benjamin has performed with the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint in Seattle since 2004. In his spare time, Benjamin also thoroughly enjoys the sport of curling.
Alissya Yuen is a junior at Issaquah High School and has studied violin since the age of four. Growing up in a musical family, she has been surrounded by a strong love for music her whole life. Aside from solo performance, Alissya has also been involved in a majority of music-related ensembles including the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Seattle Youth Symphony, Chamber Music Camp of Portland, and multiple school orchestras. She participated in the High School Honors Program in New York in 2014, and participates yearly in the Solo and Ensemble Competition for Washington State. In her spare time, Alissya thoroughly enjoys other craft-related activities including photography and art.
Viola & Music Librarian
Beverly Shih has been playing viola for six years. She started in sixth grade, choosing the instrument on a whim and not knowing quite what a viola was. However, she has since fallen in love with the rich tones of the instrument. Beverly has played in numerous orchestras, including Evergreen Philharmonic (3 years), and the Seattle Youth Symphony Junior Orchestra (1 year). Her chamber music experiences include numerous quartets and quintets, one of which won Second Alternate in the regional Solo and Ensemble competition in 2015. She joined Tour de Fours in search of another opportunity to enjoy music with friends in a way that would richly serve the community. Almost everything Beverly enjoys is related to music! She regularly bakes and can whip up a fabulous apple pie or a delicious batch of macaroons for her fellow Evergreen members. Additionally, she loves watching movies for their soundtracks.
Tyler has played violin for 8 years and is currently a member of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra (UWSO) and Seattle Philharmonic strings (SPO). In high school, he was a violinist in Evergreen Philharmonic, clinched a playoff spot at the Eastshore District’s Solo and Ensemble Festival (2016). His passion for music is second only to training and caring for dogs.
Allen Kim is currently a senior at the University of Washington studying MSE and chemistry. He has been playing violin for ten years, and played in Evergreen Philharmonic for four years. He is currently part of a quartet at the UW, and arranges popular music for quartets. Allen plays several other instruments, most prominently the bass guitar and piano, and has been part of several musical groups. Outside of music, Allen is kept busy between balancing his schoolwork, managing a startup, and practicing several martial arts.
Olivia Wang is currently a freshman at Issaquah High School, and has played violin for 3 years. After starting to learn piano when she was seven, Olivia furthered her musical journey in sixth grade when she began playing violin. Since then, she has competed in the Solo and Ensemble Festival, and played in Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, WMEA Junior All-State, as well as Evergreen Philharmonic. Olivia frequently performs both violin and piano pieces around the community, such as at senior centers, and for various church ceremonies. She finds the experience of playing in small ensembles and quartets very cherishable, as unforgettable music can be made with just a few instruments. When she has free time, she enjoys transcribing music, along with volunteering at different events with her friends.
Forrest is currently a sophomore at the University of Washington (UW), pursuing a double degree in computer science and piano performance. He has been playing piano for thirteen years and violin for ten, and has played in various orchestras and small ensembles through the end of high school. In 2014, his group won second place in the large ensemble division of the regional Solo and Ensemble competition, and his small ensemble made it to the playoffs at the district level. Since high school, most of his musical efforts have gone towards playing chamber music on both piano and violin during his time at UW, alongside his solo piano studies with professor Craig Sheppard.
Cordelia Ilton is a sophomore at the University of Washington and has been playing violin for over 10 years. Cordelia currently plays in UW Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Philharmonic Strings. Cordelia takes private lessons through UW’s School of Music with Luke Fitzpatrick and considers minoring in music. Cordelia is originally from West Philadelphia. During her free time, Cordelia enjoys biking, running, and cooking.
Administrative Team Members
Founder / Owner
Caroline Miller is currently a senior at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. She is working toward her degree in social work, and plans to apply for her masters in medical social work and mental health at the University of Washington. Upon graduation, Caroline desires to work as a psychiatric evaluation panelist at a hospital in Seattle, Washington. Caroline has played the viola for fourteen years, and has advanced to state numerous times for both solo and quartet performance. She was awarded the Mith Niles scholarship her senior year of high school for her capacity in music service and collaboration, and just recently graduated from the Washington State Suzuki Academy. Caroline currently plays for the University music department at Olivet Nazarene University, and organizes various quartet experiences in the surrounding community near her school. Tour de Fours is Caroline’s most recent endeavor to conceive a new approach to entertainment through the quartet business in her local community. Caroline is proud of the consortium of musicians with whom she has the opportunity to work through the responsibility and musical enrichment that Tour de Fours offers. In her spare time, Caroline loves to hammock, longboard, ride horses, or watch movies.
General & Quartet Manager
Shannon graduated from University of Washington in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Music, pursuing a career in special education. During her time at UW, Shannon was part of Chamber Music Club at UW as a pianist/violinist and club officer, organizing quarterly concerts and collaborating with other classical musicians on campus. Shannon was a violinist in the UW Symphony Orchestra, Campus Philharmonia Orchestra, Seattle and Bellevue Youth Symphonies, and Evergreen Philharmonic. Shannon also brings customer service experience as an usher, then as an assistant student house manager at Meany Center of the Performing Arts and served patrons who love the arts as much as she does. An Issaquah High and Evergreen alum, Shannon is thrilled to be working with a talented group of young musicians in Tour de Fours and giving back to the Issaquah community. In her free time, Shannon enjoys baking, classical music, Broadway shows, and Zumba.
Secretary & Director of Financial Affairs
Katie graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. While at SPU, Katie participated in the university orchestra, the worship team at her church, and also contracted as a musician for local concerts and visiting artists such as Michael W. Smith. Katie is also an alum of Evergreen Philharmonic, having been part of the high school orchestra from 8th to 12th grade. Currently Katie works full-time as an analytical chemist for a Bothell-based pharmaceutical company that specializes in formulating antibody-based treatments for cancer. This position requires organization, multi-tasking, and maintaining a big-picture perspective, all of which lend themselves well to her new position with Tour de Fours. An Issaquah High and Evergreen alum, Katie is honored to be part of Tour de Fours and be able to give back to the Issaquah community. When she is not working, Katie enjoys spending time with her 16-month-old puppy Bruno.