Noah Kellman, a composer and pianist based out of Central New York began playing the piano when he was 10. He won the Downbeat Student Music award for Best High School Soloist, attended the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in 2008, and was a Dave Brubeck Institute Fellow.
Sonia Szajnberg is a vocalist and composer from Brooklyn. She performs with her own ensembles at venues throughout the area. She received a residency at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in 2009, and earlier, received a Downbeat Student Music Award and an NFAA Arts Award for Merit in Jazz Voice.