Current events in our world can bring hardships within our communities and people around us. We believe that through music we can bring change, optimism, and hope. Our mission is to allow individuals to use music as a way to continue forward and bring change within current events that are happening around the world. Whether you are performing a song to thank essential workers during Covid19 or playing a violin piece to raise awareness on the Black Lives Matter movement, we are are all trying to bring change in the world through music. Together we can create a world filled with peace and love through the universal language of music.
Rosanna Gao, Co-Founder
Rosanna Gao is a junior at Great Neck South High School on Long Island, NY. She is passionate about Musical Theatre, Filmmaking, Volunteering, and an advocate for Asian Representation on Broadway. Rosanna is a recipient of the National Honor Thespian award and previous roles include Sophie in Mamma Mia (female lead), Annie in Annie (female lead), and ZoZo in The Merry Widow (female supporting). Furthermore, she has represented her school in All County and International Theatre Festivals where she was awarded the International Thespian Excellence Award. Currently, she attends the Musical Theatre Interlochen Arts Program and is taking music related research courses on Artistic Research in Music and 18th Century Opera at Harvard University. Rosanna studied film at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts where many of her films have been broadcasted. Also, she is the founder of the Nassau County Gavel Club (https://ncgavelclub.org) where she hopes to develop student’s public speaking and leadership skills. In her free time, she enjoys learning Wenzhounese with her family, reading books by Amy Tan, and occasionally bursting into show tunes while reenacting the opening number of A Chorus Line. Rosanna hopes Music For Change is a way to spread awareness and positivity on racial issues that are happening in our world and continues to advocate for Asian Representation on Broadway.
Devika Gehlaut, Co-Founder
Devika Gehlaut is a 16 year old student at the Horace Mann School in New York City. Devika is an aspiring entrepreneur and someday hopes to create an app that will have a big impact on the world. She enjoys coding and utilizes her free time expanding her knowledge and skills in Swift and Xcode. Another one of Devika’s hobbies is singing, and she enjoys performing in various venues around London. She believes that music is her happy place as it allows her to destress and relax. She wants to share this feeling of comfort she finds through music with the rest of the world and hopes she can do so through Music For Change. Devika not only hopes to spread positivity through music, but also spread awareness on issues such as racial inequality that are still prevelant in our world today, through it. She believes she can do so becuase voices are more powerful than violence, and music is a language that speaks to all, despite race and religion.
Manit Shah, Chief Executive Officer
Manit Shah attends The Cathedral & John Connon School in Mumbai, India. He is involved in musical activities in school such as Encore (an annual fest) as well as shows such as Salaam Bombay (performed at The Royal Opera House) at a larger level. He plays the piano, drums and guitar. Music gives him his “alone time”. Jamming to some old school on the drums or orchestrating a melody on the piano, provides him with a perfect get a way from a hectic day. Moreover, he feels music helps connect people in a way formal communication never can and that’s its beauty. Through Music for Change, he hopes that all barriers are broken and the dwindling connect between humans across the world is rekindled. To see this through, Manit has been working hard creating music of his own through Spotify and Apple Music! Check it out!
David Ren, Chief Information Officer
David Ren is currently 15 years old, attending New Hyde Park Memorial High School on Long Island, New York. From a young age, he has always had a passion for music, ricocheting from piano, violin, voice, musical theater, and more. He wholeheartedly believes that music is a platform where people’s differences can be overcome which inevitably leads to positive change, which is why he decided to join Music for Change. David is part of many clubs at his school, including but not limited to the Robotics Club, Model United Nations, French Club, Science Olympiads, and more! David can’t wait to share the joy of music.
Ronak Samuel, Chief Financial Officer
Ronak Samuel is currently a high school sophomore studying at The Bishop’s Co-Ed School, Pune. He is an avid footballer and track athlete who has represented his school and district. He is a grade 7 pianist on the Trinity Board. Music has always been an important part of his life. He believes that everyone is moved by music in some way and is excited to do his bit through Music For Change.
Angelina Fazzini, Head of Management
Angelina Fazzini is 15 years old and lives in New York. Her hobbies include gardening, singing, and playing the guitar. She loves to participate in community service, and use music to make a positive impact on the world. She sees music as a universal language that can connect people from all over the world. Please help Music For Change spread positivity by joining our team or by watching our videos.
Almitra Guart, Co-Head of Public Relations
Almitra Guart is a 15-year-old rising sophomore at the Albany Academy for girls. she is extremely passionate about the arts and has been singing, dancing, acting, and playing the piano from a very young age. she has been casted in plays, movies, and TV shows over the years and has loved each experience. Almitra has also been in pageants since she was young and has held titles such as Miss Spirit 2016 and Miss Albany 2018. She has used her passion for performing to help instill confidence in other young people. She uses her platform to give speeches and interviews about the importance of trying new things and healthy self esteem. Her passion for music and inspiring others is one of the reasons she joined the Music for Change team, and why she believes in using the arts to promote change.
Alice Tirakian, Co-Head of Event Management
Alice Tirakian is currently a sophomore at Great Neck South high school, and is incredibly involved with finding new ways to be creative! She loves to express herself through art, dance, musical theatre, piano, and photography. She is currently studying piano at LISMA, has won over 4 soloist competitions, and has had the opportunity to perform at Merkin and Carnegie Hall. Alice is also very involved with her school’s theatre program, Theatre South, as a member of the 10- person improv troupe and Executive Board. Alice is also involved with a social justice advocacy group called Adolescent Advocates, where she and her peers work to bring awareness to ongoing issues like genocide, racism, micro aggressions, and steps we as a society can take to reach closer to achieving justice. Her passion for fighting for what is right has led her to start her own website which includes email templates to send to your local representatives regarding current events. In her free time she enjoys tap dancing, painting clothes, photography, and finding vegan alternative recipes to make for her and her family.
Veer Subandh, Co-Head of Public Relations
Veer Subandh is a rising sophomore at The Cathedral and John Connon school in Mumbai, India. He is an aspiring footballer, currently representing his state and country in the sport. He also represents his state in basketball and is a national level swimmer. He enjoys listening to music pre game as it helps him focus and hopes to share his love for it through Music For Change and make a positive impact on the world
Bhumika Ladiwal, Co-Head of Event Management
Bhumika Ladiwal is a passionate designer and an art student, currently studying in India, aspiring to be an architect. She loves art and design, literature, poetry and music as well. To add on, she wants to spread positivity and optimism through music and poetry which is why she is a part of the team. She is amazing at graphic designing as well. In her free time, she likes to read, write poems and paint. Bhumika also likes to spend her time with her loved ones and watch movies.
Xinran Hou, MFC China Director
Xinran Hou is a 16 year old student at Guanghua Academy in Shanghai, China. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar, studying publicity, and volunteering. She joined her School’s Charity Foundation which quickly launched a donation and replenished medical supplies to four hospitals during Covid-19. During the epidemic, she discovered that music can make people relax and relieve pressure. She hopes to strengthen communication between people from different countries though Music For Change because music is a universal language. She also hopes that people can raise awareness on prevention during COVID-19 by watching these videos.
Piper Wallace, Head of Marketing
Piper Wallace is a student at Horace Mann School in the Bronx of New York City. When she’s not busy with schoolwork, she enjoys playing field hockey, singing, songwriting, playing piano, going for runs in the park with her dog, and spending time with her friends and family. Most importantly, she can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future of Music for Change!
Yu Jia Li, Officer, China Division
YuJia Li is a 15-year-old student studying in Shanghai. Her life has always had some sort of music in it, whether it be synthesized by herself, or from her surroundings. In her spare time, she likes listening to rap music to relax herself. She hopes that more people will discover rap and remove the stigma surrounding it because she thinks that rap can really cure her mood. She enjoys jogging too, step by step through the world’s natural landscape, leaving her own footprints and feeling the charm of nature.
Eric Zhang, Officer, China Division
Eric Zhang is a junior studying at Guanghua Academy in Shanghai. His love for music comes from a deep-rooted upbringing in it, always surrounding him to lift him up. He loves music a lot, especially hip hop music, being his personal favorite. He always utilizes his free time to listen to and explore new genres and kinds of music. This way, he expands his knowledge of music effectively. In addition, he thinks music changed him a lot. In his perspective, music is the only thing that always help people get better moods, so music is indispensable in his world.
Ying Wang, Officer, China Division
Ying Wang is a sixteen-year-old student from Guanghua Academy. She has been learning music for over ten years and is able to play several instruments such as piano, guitar, bass, and drums. Also, she has a great sense of aesthetics coupled with a proficiency in graphic design which makes her great for the visual design work of Music For Change.
Yu Jian Guo, Officer, China Division
Yu Jian Guo is a seventeen-year-old student from Guanghua International Academy. He is proficient in music editing, video editing, and webpage making, which helps him immensely on the Music For Change team. He is adept at computer science, with his dream job listed as a software architect. He can adapt to any situation and find ways to solve it creatively.
Beta Shen, Officer, China Division
Beta Shen is a 15-year-old from Guanghua Academy. She loves music in all forms, including loving to listen to music, producing music, and play instruments, such as guitar, electric guitar, and piano. Her specialty is drumming, already being in a rock school in fifth grade. Her dream future university is the Berklee College of Music.
Yu Tong Liu, Officer, China Division
Yu Tong Liu is a 16-year-old student from Guanghua Academy in Shanghai. She likes to listen to pop music, R&B, and classical music. She also likes to watch pop festivals and musicals. She wants to expand more on her musical knowledge, and hopes to learn about music in various countries in the future.
Karly Chan, Social Media Manager
Karly Chan is a junior at Great Neck South High School. She loves singing and is a voice major at The Juilliard School. She also studied voice at Manhattan School of Music for two years. Karly was a Guest Performer in “Die Fledermaus” and was chosen as the main character in “The Merry Widow” at her high school. She has won several awards at various vocal competitons including the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, NATS NYC Competition, and the American Protege International Vocal Competition. Karly is also very passionate about science and medicine. She is involved in her school’s Science Olympiad, Envirothon, and DECA club. She is the secretary of the Pre-Med Club at her school and hopes to expand it to make a positive impact in the community. In her free time, Karly enjoys watching YouTube videos, watching movies, reading inspiring books, and playing tennis.
Maia Mehring, Social Media Manager
Maia is a sophomore at Great Neck South High School. She loves the arts, particularly singing and dancing. Maia has performed in both school and community shows over the years. Some of her favorite roles include Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Jojo in Suessical, and Alice in Alice in Wonderland. Traveling is her passion, and she loves learning about different places and cultures. Maia also spends her time working on her clothing website for American Girl Dolls and blogging about her life. Her favorite Netflix shows include Criminal Minds, Pretty Little Liars, and Glee. She is so excited to be a part of the Music for Change team!
Ava Moos, Officer
Ava Moos lives Mumbai , India . She is currently in the 11th grade studying at The Cathedral And John Connon School . She is a singer and actress often performing in her city’s plays and choirs . She also plays the piano , guitar and dances . She strives to combine her love for music and helping others and thus was extremely happy joining the music for change team . She believes that the power of music can unite people from all over the world and is a universal language that spreads messages of love , hope , and peace . Even though music is her first love , she is also a passionate environmentalist and aspiring art historian . She loves reading , playing football and watching Harry Potter in her free time.
Imani Jones, Officer
Imani is a current junior at Great Neck South High School in Long Island, New York. She has 3 younger sisters who inspire her to be better everyday. She hopes to follow in her family’s footsteps and have a career in the medical profession and has a love of aiding those in need. In her free time she enjoys dance and reading. Imani began dancing at the young age of 3 years old and her passion for the art continues to this day. She has worked with the San Francisco Ballet Company, Classical School of Ballet on Long Island, and The American Theatre Dance Workshop. She is incredibly grateful to be a part of this organization and highly recommends joining this wonderful team.
Ella Blumenthal, Coordinator
Ella Blumenthal is a junior at North Shore High School in New York. She is a violist, singer, and intermediate ukulele and piano player. At school, Ella is a dedicated member of several ensembles in the music and theater department. She loves the performing arts, and hopes to inspire others through performance. Music is one of Ella’s favorite things in life. When she first began playing viola at eight years old, she didn’t realize how influential that hobby would become for her. It took playing in an orchestra and singing in a chorus to teach Ella that even if everyone is playing something different, when all the pieces come together, the result can be the most beautiful sound in the world. Through music, complete strangers can form bonds, and the best of friends can strengthen theirs. Conveying that message to the world is one of Ella’s most important goals in her life.
Pipololaoluwa Ayo-Ponle, Coordinator
Pipololaoluwa Ayo-Ponle is a 16 year old girl who attends Strong Tower Academy Ikorodu Lagos Nigeria. Pipololaoluwa is an aspiring programmer, and she uses her free time to do a lot of coding. She enjoys singing, playing the violin and guitar. She feels that Music should be used to spread positivity around the world, despite race or religion, and she wants to do that through Music for Change. She also likes lending an helping hand to others. She urges you to join our team or volunteer and be someone who helped change someone’s life.
Tessa Duncan, Coordinator
Tessa Duncan lives in Ontario, Canada. She currently studies at Montessori Academy Of London. She plays violin, piano, and a little bit of flute. She is a student at the Young Artists Pre-College Academy. Her solo performances have honoured her with Provincial Finalist awards for the last two years and her quartet, Sixteen Strings, won first prize in the Junior Chamber Class at the Ontario provincial finals in 2019. Tessa enjoys ice-skating, reading, creative writing, and studying the Russian language.
Daniel Cassiere, Officer
Daniel is 15 years old and lives in New York. His hobbies include playing soccer, music and theatre and helping those in need. He believes that everyone deserves opportunities and that Music For Change is perfect for that. He thinks that we should all inspire change!