Members / Bios
Hartley’s Legacy Executive Members (2021 - 22)
Lucas Chang (Co-President) is
Colin Lee (Co-President) is
Hartley’s Legacy Regular Members
Hartley’s Legacy Past Members
Daniel Kim (Co-Founder) is currently a senior at South Brunswick High School and was previously the president of Hartley’s Legacy. He has been playing the cello since he was 7 years old and began playing the electric cello in the last four years. He learned electric cello under the tutelage of Dr. Mimi Morris-Kim and competed in the Music-Fest Competition in 2015 and 2016, where he won the highest award as an electric cello soloist. Daniel has performed in the prestigious Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall multiple times and was also invited to play at the Lincoln Center with his chamber group. Daniel was also invited to play an electric cello solo this past season in the nationally recognized South Brunswick Viking Marching Band, where he also served as drum major. As a part of the South Brunswick Viking Marching Band, Daniel performed during the pre-game and half-time show of Super Bowl XLVII at MetLife Stadium, and went to Disney World to perform in the Electric Parade. In the past, he has also been a member of CJMEA’s Intermediate Regional Orchestra and NJMEA’s Intermediate All-State Orchestra in both 2012 and 2013. Daniel is also a member of the award-winning South Brunswick High School Wind Ensemble, where he plays euphonium. In addition, he was the featured student in the first ever South Brunswick School District Music Department newsletter. Outside of musical activities, Daniel enjoys writing and is in the process of publishing his second novel. He is also a member of his Class Council, where he was elected Class President for the last three years. Daniel will be attending Princeton University in Fall 2017.
Iris Kwak (Co-Founder) is a 17 year old pianist and is a senior at West-Windsor Plainsboro High School North. She currently studies under both Professor Yong Hi Moon of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University and Ms. Chiu-Tze Lin, and has previously studied under Ms. Ingrid Clarfield and Mrs. Soo Kyung Cho. She has been studying piano since she was 5 years old. Most recently, Iris won first in the East Coast International Competition, allowing her to perform her repertoire at Carnegie Hall’s Merkin Recital Hall. She was also awarded grand prize in the Bravura Philharmonic’s Young Artists Concerto Competition and Cairn University’s concerto competition, and performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with their orchestras. Past competitions Iris has competed in and won include NJMTA Young Artists Piano Fall Competition, Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, Cecilian Muisc Club Young Artist Competition, NJMTA Spring Recital Audition (for 7 consecutive years), and the NLPA Piano and Chamber Music Competition. Being a winner of these competitions, she has performed at numerous concert halls including Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Recital Hall. Iris has been accepted and invited to take part in numerous summer music festivals, including Curtis Institute of Music’s Summerfest, and Eastman School of Music’s Summer @ Eastman. In the summer of 2016, she will be participating in Bowdoin International Institute of Music, under the instruction of Prof. Yong Hi Moon. She frequently uses her talents to perform in numerous charity concerts. She has been invited to perform for the Hope for Henry Foundation. She has also performed at a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina by playing the piano. As well as being an accomplished young concert pianist with classical music, Iris also enjoys being the leader of her church’s youth group worship team, and playing piano and other percussion instruments for Bravura Youth Orchestra. Iris will be attending University of Michigan in Fall 2017.
Joanna Kim (Co-Founder) Joanna Kim is a 16-year-old percussionist and cellist and is a senior at South Brunswick High School. She started playing the marimba (keyboard percussion) in seventh grade and currently studies under Mr. Casey Beggs. Joanna won the Cairn University concerto competition and performed with the Cairn University Orchestra in Fall 2017. Joanna was the first chair of CJMEA’s High School Regional Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble and was a member of NJMEA’s High School Wind Ensemble in her sophomore and junior year. In addition, she performed marimba solos at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a Grand Prix winner for Music Fest for two years, as well as cello at Carnegie Hall for one year. Joanna is also the drum major of the nationally top-ranked and four-year state champion South Brunswick Viking Marching Band as a lead marimbist in the front ensemble, as well as a member of the award-winning South Brunswick Wind Ensemble, where she plays a variety of percussion instruments. She was also invited to play in Marimba Masters Jr. under the direction of Dr. Giannascoli with students from Juilliard Prep School Joanna has also been playing the cello since the age of 8, and in 2013, won the Bravura Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. She was also a member of CJMEA’s Intermediate Regional Orchestra and NJMEA’s Intermediate All-State Orchestra in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and was first chair in both Regionals and All-States in 2015. Since middle school, Joanna has been volunteering and playing the cello and marimba at nursing homes and other charitable events, such as American Cancer Society. Joanna also participates in other activities besides music, including being the Class Council President at her school for the past three years and volunteering with Fast Break Basketball and Tiny Tots Therapy. Joanna will be attending Johns Hopkins University next fall studying neuroscience and psychology.
Sriram Kannan: Sriram is a 17-year-old senior at South Brunswick High School. Sriram plays different types of saxophones, violin, and piano. He currently plays Tenor Sax for the South Brunswick High School Wind Ensemble. Sriram also plays for the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey (YOCJ) Sax Choir. He has performed at the Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University with YOCJ. Sriram is tutored by Mr.Daniel Kochersberger for Saxophone and has passed Grade 5 exam offered by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) with Distinction. Sriram first started playing piano in second grade from Ms. Barbara Himesch for five years. He then went on to play violin in third grade, and saxophone in fourth grade. Other than this, Sriram also plays for the South Brunswick High School Saxophone Ensemble and Jazz Band. Sriram has also been learning Carnatic Violin, or violin in a classical Indian style, for the past five years with his teacher Ms. Janaki Iyer. He has performed Carnatic music at various temples throughout New Jersey. Sriram loves to volunteer and hopes to make others as happy as him whenever he performs.
Joey Howley is an 18 year old guitarist who is a senior at South Brunswick High School. He has been playing the guitar since the age of 8, having been inspired by some of the music his parents listened to – mainly the blues. From ages 8-10, Joey taught himself the beginnings of how to play the guitar. After that, he received private lessons from Perry Leandro for five years but currently does not. At the age of 11, Joey had his first live performance at a bar in Asbury Park. To this day, he strives to become better at the guitar and is always trying to learn new songs and techniques. In addition to the guitar, Joey also plans to eventually learn other instruments, such as the piano and the drums. Aside from music, he is also a part of JSA at the high school and plans to pursue a career in the field of Biomedical Engineering beyond high school. Joey will be attending Lehigh University in Fall 2017.
Madeline Schmidt is an 17 year old old and a senior at South Brunswick High School. She comes from a very musical family—her dad is a pianist/accordion player and her mom is a singer. She began studying voice at age 13 with Mr. Steven Schnurmann, but currently studies with Ms. Molly Mason. Maddy also has a passion for musical theatre: she has participated in shows throughout elementary and middle school, and is now a member of SBHS’s theatre company, the Pirandello Players. Outside of school, she has performed at the Kelsey Theater, and has been a member of the New Jersey Repertory Theatre since 2012. In November of 2014, Maddy was invited to perform with NJRT in Disney World; and she will sing on the stage at Downtown Disney once again this June with the SBHS Concert Choir. In addition to Disney World, the Concert Choir has also been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall for 7 consecutive years. Back in middle school, she too played the cello, but was always seated behind the supremely talented Dan, and so she gave it up (it was too heavy anyway). Aside from performing, Maddy also dabbles in screenwriting—she has entered two screenwriting competitions with NYC Midnight, and, in the most recent competition, placed in the top 6 in her category. She aspires to someday write for Saturday Night Live, but is sure she will continue with her singing career, if only for some extra cash. Maddy will be attending Boston University in Fall 2017.
Samantha Stanford is 17 years old and a senior at South Brunswick High School. She has been performing since age 3 when she appeared in her church’s Christmas pageant, and since then has performed in places such as the New Jersey State Theatre, Disney World, and Carnegie Hall. Samantha is instrumentally challenged, however she enjoys singing and acting. She has been training vocally with Heather Robbins at Center Stage Dance and Theatre School for 9 years, as well as training in acting with Stephen Waldrup for 5 years. She has also dabbled in tap dance, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, etc., but prefers less movement-based performances. She is involved with her school’s theatre company, the Pirandello Players, sings alto in SBHS’s Concert Choir, and performs and student directs with the New Jersey Repertory Theatre. Samantha will be attending The College of New Jersey in Fall 2017.
Ashrita Raman is a 17 year-old senior who attends West-Windsor Plainsboro High School North. She started playing violin when she was nine years old and continues to play violin in her school orchestra. Ashrita has been a part of YOCJ (Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey) and is currently part of Nonet, a chamber ensemble in her school. In addition to playing violin, Ashrita has been learning piano for the last ten years and is a nine-time winner of the NJMTA Spring Competition. She was a Gold winner of the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition in 2014 and 2015 and has performed twice in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Ashrita has also been playing classical Indian violin for two years and has accompanied musicians for Indian film songs. Apart from playing music, Ashrita is actively involved in NHD (National History Day) and is a five time state finalist. Ashrita will be attending Cornell University in Fall 2017.
Catherine Wang is a 17 year old violinist and is a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North. She started playing violin at the age of 10, studying under Ms. Joyce Chang and Dr. Mia Wu, and currently, under Mrs. Ileana Ciumac. Other than performing in Hartley’s Legacy, Catherine also plays violin for patients at the Princeton Hospital as a form of music therapy and volunteers as part of the National Honor Society. She is the assistant concertmaster in her school’s Philharmonic Orchestra, which toured Italy this past spring. Catherine has also been a member of New Jersey’s Region II and All-State Orchestras. Her musical idol is Janine Jansen and would do anything to see her play live. But when she’s not playing or listening to music, Catherine is most likely watching YouTube videos, playing for her school’s varsity tennis team, debating, or researching for National History Day. Catherine will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in Fall 2017.
Andrew Chung is a 9th grader attending JP Stevens High school.He has been a musician ever since the age of 8. He has studied the piano for 4 years. He has been focusing on the study of viola for the past 6 years and has been under the instruction of Mr.William Law for the past 3 years. In 2017, he was able to join the prestigious CJMEA Chamber orchestra and later the NJMEA orchestra. Outside of his musical career, he also participates in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative solving competition. He was able compete at the world finals in East Lansing, Michigan. He also enjoys composing music, having fun with friends, and cruising around on his skateboard.
Yun Hyon is a 14-year-old pianist and saxophonist who attends Metuchen High School as a freshman. At the age of 5, he began playing the piano under Mrs. Jhoun. He has also finished music testing in the Associated Board of the Royal School (ABRSM). In fourth grade, he also began playing the alto and tenor saxophone. He has played both alto and tenor saxophone as a member of CJMEA’s Symphonic Band. He has also begun participating in the high school marching band and looks forward to playing in competitions. If he isn’t playing music, he is likely out with some friends or reading a novel.
Jooahn Yoo is a 9th grader who currently goes to Edison High School. He has been playing the cello since he was eight years old and is under the instruction of Doctor Mira Kang. Jooahn was second chair of CJMEA’s chamber Orchestra and was third chair in New Jersey State Intermediate Orchestra in 2016. Besides playing the cello, he likes to take naps, ride his bike, and occasionally reads a novel.
John (JC) DeMaria is a singer in his senior year at South Brunswick High School. JC has been trained since age 9 by both vocal coaching and experience. He is currently trained by Molly Mason. In addition to coaching JC has also been a member of the school choir since the 4th grade. Currently, he is under the guidance of Virginia Kraft as a member of the South Brunswick High School Concert Choir. With this group, JC has been able to not only perform at community events but also on the stage at Carnegie Hall. In addition to in school activities, JC is an active member in the New Jersey community theatre scene as well as participating in shows at SBHS. He most recently won a Perry award for Outstanding Youth Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Eugene in Grease. JC loves any chance to volunteer for the community especially opportunities like Hartley’s Legacy in which he can use his skills to bring joy to others.
Hartley’s Legacy Members (2020 - 21)
Ethan Ju: (President) is a 17-year-old junior at South Brunswick High School. He enjoys attending classes such as chemistry and mathematics, playing music, and playing instruments such as the clarinet, guitar, and bass. He has been making music since he was very young and has continued till now. He started playing clarinet when he was in the 4th grade and has loved it ever since. While in school he participates in the South Brunswick Wind Ensemble, Viking Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Musicals. Out of school he participates in clarinet private lessons with Mr. Kenneth Ellison and competes in events like CJMEA regions and NJMTA recitals. Ethan has participated in CJMEA’s Wind Ensemble, scoring first in his eighth-grade year, and has won the NJMTA Spring Competition multiple times.
Jeremy Chen : (Director of Operations) is a 17-year-old Junior at South Brunswick High School. He plays different instruments such as violin, euphonium (Baritone), trombone, cello and piano. Jeremy focuses on learning violin now and currently studies under violinist Anne Ku, the concertmaster of Sinfonietta Nova Orchestra. Jeremy performs violin and baritone solo during 2018 fall season in the nationally recognized South Brunswick Viking Marching Band, where he also serves as drum major. Jeremy has been a member of CJMEA’s Regional Orchestra and NJMEA’s All-State Orchestra from 2014 to 2019. He has also been a member of CJMEA’s Wind Ensemble, as first chair of euphonium in 2016. Jeremy is also a member of the award-winning South Brunswick High School Wind Ensemble, where he plays euphonium. Jeremy plays trombone for the South Brunswick High Jazz Band. He enjoys Broadway shows as well as classical music. Jeremy also love running, he was school cross-country team and track & field team 800m & 1600m runner since his 7th grade. Jeremy is the High School robotics team-R captain 2018. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys playing Magic Card as learning the probability theory and strategic interaction between rational decision-makers.
Cheryl Chen: (Assistant Director) is a sophomore attending South Brunswick High School has been studying harp for 5 years. She is currently taking lessons from Dr. Elaine Christy. Cheryl has played a pivotal role as a soloist and orchestral harpist at Kendall Hall at TCNJ and Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. She was also a finalist of Sinfonietta NOVA’s 2017-2018 Young Concert Artists Competition and YAHS’s Young Artist’s Harp Competition. Other than studying music, Cheryl enjoys competing with her school’s track and field team, colorguard, singing, and spending time outdoors.
Shaurya Gunderia is a 16-year-old musician who currently attends South Brunswick High School. Shaurya plays different types of clarinets and tenor saxophone. He also learned piano for about 2 years from 2013-2015. In seventh grade, Shaurya was the principal chair bass clarinetist for the CJMEA middle school wind ensemble and in 8th grade, he was the principal chair bass clarinetist for the CJMEA middle school Symphonic Band. Middle school was also where he started playing the tenor saxophone, and where he enjoyed playing in the Crossroads North Jazz Band. Currently, Shaurya is a part of the award-winning South Brunswick High School Wind Ensemble and the 4x state champion Marching Band. He has also played in many types of ensembles such as a full orchestra, a concert band, and a woodwind quintet. Studying privately under Dr. Michael Van Pelt, Shaurya has had multiple recitals playing pieces from the baroque to the modern period. Outside of music, Shaurya enjoys robotics, sports, and spending time with his family.
Abigail Han is a 10th grader who attends South Brunswick High School. She previously played piano and flute and later began playing the alto saxophone at the age of 8. She received private instruction for alto sax from Stacey, McCaffery at Rutgers; Mason Gross School Of The Arts. She was also a member of the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band for two years attending Crossroads North Middle School and is now part of the SB High School Marching Band. Aside from music, she loves gymnastics, art, and is never seen without headphones.
Colin Lee is a freshman currently attending South Brunswick High School. He practiced the viola for five years and is studying with Young Bin Jo. He was a member of the 2017 regionals string orchestra, a member of the 2018 regionals chamber orchestra, and also a player in the 2018 NJ All-State orchestra. He participated in numerous competitions and had an opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. When Colin isn’t practicing, he likes to play outside, draw, or watch videos.
Aria Kundu is a 9th grader who currently attends South Brunswick High School. She has been playing the piano since 2nd grade and is taught by Jimin Park. She has passed the ABRSM grade 5 exam with a distinction and hopes to continue taking the exams. She was a member of the jazz ensemble in Crossroads North and was a part of the Symphonic Orchestra. In her free time, Aria enjoys swimming, playing the cello, and taking naps:)
Arun Avasi is a freshman who currently attends South Brunswick High School. He has been playing and practicing his flute for the past 6 years and there seems to be no stop in his continuity. His mentor at the moment is Sandra Olson who is currently the music coordinator at Crossroads North. He has been training with her for multiple years. When Arun is not playing his instrument, he mainly loves to play tennis. He has won an abundance of tennis tournaments and has been selected for the Junior Varsity team at SBHS.
Lucas Chang / Viola
Joe Lee / clarinet
Eric Li / piano
Habiba / Viola
Yrsun Ang / violin