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 COVID-19, 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, Volunteering, and an advocate for Asian Representation on Broadway. Rosanna is a recipient of the National Honor Thespian award and International Thespian Excellence Award. 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. 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 through our webinars.
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.
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!
Lauren, Social Media Manager
Ryan Cooke, Co-Head of Event Management
Ryan is a sophomore at the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Massachusetts. She loves musical theatre, playing the electric bass, and volunteering. Ryan studies with The Broadway Collective and plans to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre in college. She has worked with the Blue Man Group (Boston), performed with the Boston Conservatory, and has sung with Boston City Singers for eight years. Along with BCS, Ryan has performed with the New England Philharmonic and at Symphony Hall, and traveled to Puerto Rico to spread hope through music after the devastating hurricane. In 2023, they will go on tour in South Africa. Ryan is passionate about using music to spread hope and positivity, and loves being a part of the Music For Change Team. She believes the joy of music can be healing and hopes that by working with MFC, she will make a difference.
Brenda Bolouvi, Co-Head of Event Management
Brenda Bolouvi is a sophomore at New Hyde Park Memorial High School. She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and Model UN, and she loves to play sports, especially running track. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and cooking meals for her and her younger brother. She is currently in band and enjoys listening to all types of music, and is always looking to expand her horizons, whether it be with new genres, styles, or more! She can’t wait to be a part of Music for Change!
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.
Ava Moos, Officer
Ava Moos lives in 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.
Vincent Zhang, Officer
Vincent is 15 years old and attends Shaker High School in New York. During his free time, Vincent plays baseball, cello, and piano as a hobby. He has played cello for almost 7 years and is a part of ESYO. As being a musician for most of his life, he aspires to spread the universal language of music to other musicians. Music for Change is an experience that seeks to positively influence the minds of countless other musicians across the globe. Due to this, he thinks that Music for Change is one step towards enlightening the world with the language of music.
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.
Maia Mehring, Coordinator
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. 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!
Bailey Yerdon, Officer
Bailey Yerdon is a junior at Guilderland High School in Albany, NY. She has a huge love for music and hopes to be a music teacher one day. She has been playing percussion and piano since elementary school and enjoys playing in the pit of musical performances. Bailey is a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s Youth Percussion Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Bailey enjoys ESYO because she gets to play with others who are just as passionate about music as herself. Besides music Bailey enjoys dancing. She has been a competitive dancer since the age of five and her favorite style is tap. Bailey is thrilled to be part of the Music For Change team and loves to be involved in music volunteer opportunities.
Esha Brar, Officer
Esha Brar is a junior at Manhasset High School. Along with being very passionate for music, specifically voice and operatic performance, Esha is also an avid varsity fencer and science lover, participating in science research for over 4 years. In her free time, Esha also loves participating in community service opportunities, and playing ukulele. Esha is currently enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Program as a voice major. Esha loves music and considers it to be one of the most enriching and uniting aspects of her life. She is so excited to join the Music for Change team and use the platform she was given to help bring change.
Gordon Amodeo, Officer
Gordon Amodeo is 16 years old and attend The Albany Academy in Albany, New York. From the young age of 4 Gordon started playing the violin and has had overwhelming passion for music. He is has been a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra for over 5 years now and has also attended Interlochen Arts Academy for many summers. Through his experiences in his life Gordon has realized just how powerful music can be, it’s a universal language that everyone speaks, which is why he joined Music for Change. In his free time Gordon engages in trading in the Stock Markets and hopes to pursue a career on Wall Street.
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.
Yu Tong Liu, Officer
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.
Yu Jia Li, Officer
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
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
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
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
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.
Bhumika Ladiwal, MFC India Head
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.
Prakrati Mamtani, Head of Technology
Prakrati Mamtani is currently studying in grade 11 of Jayshree Periwal International School in Jaipur, India. Her hobbies include dance and art, and she has participated in many competitions regarding them. Dance to her is a spiritual way of expressing herself and she wants to use her platform at Music for Change to help spread positivity through her art.
Khyati Manglani, Officer
Khyati Manglani is a high school student and a national-level table tennis player. She is an industrious and organized person. With a kind and helping nature, she has impacted the lives of almost 100 unprivileged women and children by raising funds for them. She has also started her own initiative called “Madad” to help helpless people, also being part of her 5 other student led-initiatives. With a keen interest in business management and economics, she has also participated in various competitions.
Tanay Agarwal, Officer
Tanay Agarwal is an ardent technopile and enthusiastic dancer since an early age. Being born and brought up in India created an attachment with Bollywood and helped him jam and groove with the songs. This helped him, from him winning national level dance competitions, to being a part of his school dance troupe. Furthermore, he says that music and dance help him relax.
Denize resides in Goa and is a part of our tech and event management teams. She enjoys playing the guitar and making music. She joined the team hoping that she can make an improvement in some way and be able to bring about better chance of the world to be exposed to young artists.
Prarthna is 16 and has lived in 4 countries so far which has shaped her uniquely as a person. She has been singing for as long as she can remember and has recently started writing poetry which she absolutely loves!
Pushkar Sonar, Officer
Pushkar Sonar is a high school student of Delhi Public School Pune who is pursuing commerce stream and wants to run a business company of VFX production. He had developed his liking in music when he was exposed to the early uprising of EDM songs. This liking urged him to make his own YouTube channel (ProFusion Beats) where he remakes some of the songs he like. He also learnt how to play guitar and how to compose music by himself and wants to show his passion for music through MUSIC FOR CHANGE.
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.