My name is Judy Njoki Mugo, also known as Kinjo. I joined Safaricom Youth Orchestra in May 2021 and I play the Violin. I would also like to learn how to play the French Horn. When I grow up, I want to be a musician and a ballerina dancer. I enjoy being an S.Y.O. member because I was very sure that I will improve in my musical skills and be able to play in big Orchestra.
My name is Faith Mueni, also known as Fay. I joined Safaricom Youth Orchestra in May 2021 and I play the Trumpet. Playing music and singing are part of my hobbies. When I grow up, I would like to be a surgeon and the greatest trumpeter in the world. I enjoy being an S.Y.O. member because I believe that before I graduate I will have been able to acquire more knowledge concerning the trumpet and music.
My name is Dhyan Khimasia, I joined SYO in 2021, and I play the violin. I can also play the piano. I like playing sports and my favorite is hockey, and when I grow up I would like to become a pilot. I like interacting with other children and playing different music in SYO.
My name is Phybian Bitutu also known as Phoebe. I joined Safaricom Youth Orchestra in May 2021 and I play the Viola. I like music and dance. When I grow up, I would like to be a teacher at Safaricom Youth Orchestra. I enjoy meeting with my fellow musicians to make music together and I work towards making an improvement in my lessons to be the best musician and make a difference in life.
My name is Lisa Wanjiru Wanjohi, and I go by Lisa. I play the Oboe in the Safaricom Youth Orchestra, as well as the Violin, Piano and the Recorder. I like to draw, bake, read novels and I’m interested in sports; I am a very good swimmer. I would like to become a fashion designer, tennis player or a music artist in future. The thing I enjoy about being an SYO member is I’ve made nice friends and I’m learning a new instrument.
My name is Jasmine Kamau, nickname Jammi and I play the Violin in SYO. I joined the team in 2021, and I can also play the piano, Guitar, and flute. I like playing football and I’m still open to different career options. I enjoy meeting new people at SYO and playing with the best as I challenge myself by learning more from our highly dedicated teachers.
My name is Mercy Muthoni also known as Msoo. I joined Safaricom Youth Orchestra in May 2021 and I play the Viola. I like music and dancing. My dream is to be the greatest Viola player in the world. I would like to improve in my musical skills by adding the Piano as one of the instruments I can play.
My name is Ladasha Wanjiru, also known as Kidosho or Nywele Full. I joined the Safaricom Youth Orchestra in May 2021 and I play the Violin and I Would like to play the trumpet. I like singing and making music and my goal is to be a doctor. What I like about SYO is I get to interact with my fellow students and make music together.
I’m Elsie Maingi and I joined SYO in May 2021; a dream come true for me after seeing their performance at the jazz festival. I’ve been playing the violin since I was 6 years old. What I enjoy most as a member of SYO is getting to make covers for popular music with my peers and learning from my instructors. Besides music I find pleasure in learning computer languages, playing video games, dancing, swimming, and working towards my future profession as a computer scientist.
My name is Darren Paul Mong’are, and I play the Oboe in the woodwind section in SYO. I also play the trumpet, piano, descant recorder and treble recorder. I joined SYO in April 2021. I love playing football and I also love history. I would love to be an actor, film director, script writer and a lawyer. What I enjoy most about being in SYO is that although we do not meet physically yet, I can meet new people and play wonderful music together.
My name is Abby Gathoni Karanja, and I play the Violin or better yet the Viola, as well as the piano in SYO. I joined in May 2021, and I’ve enjoyed the lessons so much. Besides music I am interested in baking, watching movies, swimming, and when I grow up, I would like to be a Lawyer or fashion designer.
Raheel Neel Shah plays the drum kit and recorder at SYO which he joined in 2020. He enjoys interacting with different students and learning from the tutors. Besides music, he loves sports and acting. In future, he would like to be a Formula 1 driver or work with the Ferrari team. But most of all, he would love to act.
Ryan Atuweni Ng’ombe joined SYO in 2018. He is a Malawian who speaks English, understands Kiswahili and Chichewa, and from an early age was very familiar with the sound of the violin in his home as his mother would play it. He then decided to learn how to play it. Being far away from his relatives, he does not get to interact with them but he does visit his homeland (Malawi) every now and then. His hobbies include fitness, basketball and music. He believes that his main achievement in life would be joining SYO because it is one of the most special things that has happened to him. His goal for his future is to get a scholarship for music. In his life, he would really like to visit America because he says it is one of the most inspiring and developed places on the earth. The skill he would like to develop is public speaking so that he can be able to have proper conversations with people who are older than he is in groups. The most memorable day in his life was when he got a dog and her name is Courage. The most important lesson he has ever learned in life is that patience is “a virtue and I must always be patient and calm”.
Mardea Otin joined SYO in 2019 where she plays the violin as well as sings. She enjoys getting to know her fellow orchestra mates and combining the different sections to play one big amazing piece. In future, she would like to be a film maker and is interested in hockey, swimming, singing and being with family and friends.
Mary Akinyi has been playing the trombone for 2 years. She joined SYO in May 2020. What she enjoys most about being a member is interacting with people and learning new things. In future, she would like to be a teacher and musician. She also enjoys playing football and dancing.
Saiyana Pandya studies at Kenton College. She joined SYO in 2019 where she plays the violin, flute and also sings. She enjoys the concerts at SYO. She has an interest in dentistry, reading and playing tennis.
Abel Maina joined SYO in 2020 and plays the trumpet. He started his music journey at a very tender age, having been born to a musical home. He currently plays in the school marching band, as a lead trumpeter and trombonist. SYO has helped him improve his sight reading, blowing technique and tone.
Veer Rajen Shah studies at St. Mary’s School. He joined SYO in 2019 and plays the viola and violin. At SYO, he enjoys being able to play in a professional environment, the exposure and meeting people from different backgrounds. In future, he would like to do something in the field of science while playing music professionally in orchestra. He also enjoys cooking, travelling, tennis and squash.
Wambui Kahare occasionally known as ‘Bobo’ plays the viola, violin and piano. She joined SYO in May 2019 and is taking ABRSM singing. She enjoys mingling with her fellow instrumentalists and the food at SYO. Besides music, she loves drama and baking. In future, she wants to be a musician.
Minjae joined SYO in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. In SYO, he plays the cello, but outside of SYO he plays the violin. He says he doesn’t know just yet what he would like to be when he grows up. All he knows is that he wants to bring positive change through whatever skills he acquires. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and reading.
Miguel Omondi, also known as ‘Migo’ plays both the tuba and trombone. He studied at MPESA Foundation Academy and joined SYO in 2019. So far, he enjoys the sections and the tutti where all players show amazing team work. He would like to be a theme music composer and performance organizer in future.
Leonorah Imani Ngwalla nicknamed ‘Leo’ plays the piano. She joined SYO in May 2020 and enjoys working with like-minded people. In future, she wants to work in creative arts. In her free time she loves baking.
Alexander Mutulu nicknamed ‘Aleki’ joined SYO in 2020 and plays the percussion. He enjoys making good music with the team. In his free time, he loves playing football. When he grows up he would like to be an engineer.
Kian Shah nicknamed ‘Ki’ plays the drum kit and piano at SYO. He joined SYO in May 2020 and so far, he enjoys the learning process and friends he is making. When he grows up, he would like to be a doctor and musician. Besides music, he loves rugby, creating things on Minecraft, photography and the outdoors.
Vulei Aboka Mgendi commonly known as ‘Chef Vulei’ or the “music man” joined SYO in 2020. He plays the percussion as well as the piano, and has been learning music privately. He has successfully completed ABRSM grade one and two. In future, he sees himself as a musician and baker. Besides music, he enjoys baking and playing with domestic animals or pets.
Ruth Kerubo plays the trombone. She joined SYO in May 2020. What she enjoys most about being a member of the team is meeting other people, playing together and also learning new techniques. When she grows up, she would like to be a neurosurgeon and musician.
Phylis Amollo or Fel, plays the trombone at SYO. She joined SYO in May 2019 and what she enjoys most about being part of the team is interacting with other people, learning new things and the food. When she grows up, she would like to be a teacher and a musician.
Dylan Okomol, or ‘Oko’ plays the trumpet and piano. He joined SYO in 2020 and enjoys the space to learn from others and collaborate. He would like to be an aeronautical engineer when he grows up. In his free time, he enjoys drawing and making comics.
Instrument: French Horn.
Melvin Omao also goes by ‘Melo’. He plays the French horn and joined SYO in May 2020. What he enjoys most is the good music. In future, he would like to be an air steward and travel the world.
Instrument: Alto Saxophone.
My name is Martin A. Ssuna and my nick name is ‘Jr . I play the Alto Saxaphone and would like to venture into playing the oboe. I joined SYO in 2020 just after the Covid -19 pandemic broke. I enjoy playing with other young musicians. I would like to study Aeronautical engineering at the Massachussets institute of Technology (MIT) and further become a pilot . I love to play classical music and teaching disadvantaged children how to play musical instruments . In my free time, I play chess.
Instrument: Alto Saxophone.
My name is Roy Mwaura Ndichu. I play the Alto Saxophone and the guitar. I joined SYO in May 2020 and I could not have been happier. I would like to pursue Aeronautical Engineering, conquer my dreams of being a pilot as I play my instrument. I enjoy socializing. I am an outdoor person when I get some free time. I am interested in learning more about music and my instrument, even if it’s grasping a tiny concept which will be of help in future.
Instrument: Alto Saxophone.
Donborn Omondi plays the alto saxophone at SYO. He joined the team in 2020 and enjoys playing different genres of music. In future, he would like to be an actor. He also enjoys playing football.
Richard Asungu, nicknamed ‘Ritchie’ plays the clarinet and piano. He joined SYO in May 2020. What he enjoys most is the continuous learning of music and interaction with other musicians from all over. When he grows up, he would like to be a pilot. He also enjoys taking part in sports such as football and video games.
Natalie Akware nicknamed ‘Lobo’ plays the clarinet. She joined SYO in 2020 and she loves the teamwork and interactions with talented people. She foresees a career as a web developer. She is quite passionate about art.
Winfred Ayieko also known as Daph plays the clarinet. She joined SYO in May 2019. What she enjoys most at SYO is mingling with students from different backgrounds, learning more about the clarinet and playing music. When she grows up, she would like to be a fashion designer and musician. She also enjoys travelling, playing basketball and dancing.
Minkyoung Kim also known as ‘Minky’ studies at West Nairobi School. She joined SYO in May 2020 playing the flute as well as the piano. What she enjoys most about SYO is learning and interacting with like-minded lovers of music. In future, she would like to pursue a career in liberal arts and humanities. Besides music, she loves reading, writing, watching movies, watching and cheering on her friends when they play sports, and occasionally joining them.
Francis Kafue nick named ‘Franco’ plays the cello and piano at SYO. He joined the team in May 2020 and what he enjoys most is simply playing music. He would like to be a journalist when he grows up.
Martin Mukasa also goes by ‘Chief’. He plays the violin at SYO and learning new things/making new friends is what he enjoys most. He would like to be a pilot when he grows up.
Leila Amadi plays the violin and piano at SYO. She joined the team in May 2020 and enjoys playing with other instrumentalists. She would like to be a marketer when she grows up. She is also interested in cooking.
Jeysell Collins Mitoko a.k.a JC joined SYO in May 2020 and mostly enjoys the teamwork. He plays the violin and other instruments such as the piano and trumpet. When he grows up, he would like to be a musician.
Fredrick Ondari nick named ‘Freddy’ plays the violin. He joined SYO in 2018 and what he enjoys most is the organised orchestra. His dream career is journalism.
Collins Odhiambo, nicknamed ‘chopi’ plays the violin and recorder. He joined SYO in May 2019. What he enjoys most at SYO is interacting with fellow musicians, learning more about his instrument and new techniques. When he grows up, he wants to become a musician and lawyer. He also enjoys dancing and sports.
Aida Kerich joined SYO in May 2020 and plays the violin as well as the piano. She is a student at Rusinga School. She enjoys SYO because the challenges push her out of her comfort zone. She also gets the opportunity to perform and learn new techniques from talented experts and fellow music lovers. Besides music, she would like to pursue a career in psychology or law. She also enjoys designing and baking.
Annie Liu Chang nick named Annie plays the violin at SYO, which she joined in May, 2020. What she enjoys most about being a member of SYO is teamwork and the music. When she grows up, she would like to be a scientific researcher. She also has interests in horse riding, reading books and playing the piano.
Chenaiah Sarah nick named ‘Chenanaya’ plays the violin, cello and the piano. She joined SYO in May 2020. What she enjoys most about SYO is the friendly environment. She would like to pursue psychology as a career as well as being a professional violinist.
Diva Pratik Shah plays the violin and piano at SYO. She joined SYO in June 2020. What she enjoys most about being a member of SYO is being exposed to various different musicians and instruments. When she grows up, she would like to be a lawyer or an aeronautical engineer. Her personal interest is playing tennis.
Hope Nafula Sikolia plays the violin as well as the guitar. She joined SYO in May 2020 and enjoys learning new skills and seeing the members and tutors’ love for music. She would like to be a chef when she grows up and is interested in reading.
Jemimah Mwende Mutua also known as Jemmy joined SYO in May 2020. She plays the violin as well as the recorder. What she loves most about SYO is learning more about music and making new friends. She would like to be a musician (singer), violinist, fashion designer and an accountant in future. She also enjoys doing anything concerning mathematics.
Abigail Wangui Muriithi, nicknamed ‘Abby’ joined SYO in 2018. She plays the violin and other instruments like the piano, guitar, voice, flute, cello and drums. What she enjoys most about SYO is the proficiency it elicits, the tutors, friends and opportunities to perform on different stages. In future, she would like to perform and teach music part time while pursuing a career in coding. Besides music, she enjoys cooking and teaching.
Peace joined SYO in 2019 and plays the Bassoon and Tenor sax. She enjoys the exposure and opportunity of getting to learn and play with other students. She also enjoys the experience she has gained to become a better musician, especially through interaction with people who are better, as well as learning the bassoon as a new instrument. She would like to be a lawyer and musician when she grows up. Her hobbies are singing and sports.
Grace Cheruto Mairori studies at Rosslyne Academy. In the orchestra, she plays the clarinet as well as the piano. She joined SYO in 2019 and what she enjoys most is playing at big events and being opened up to great opportunities, from the tutors to the performances. When she grows up, she would like to be an architect or interior designer. Outside SYO, she enjoys sports and art.
Keli Mbesa studies in West Nairobi School. She joined SYO in 2019 and plays the Oboe as well as the piano. She enjoys meeting and interacting with different people who love music, the concerts and meeting world renowned musicians. She enjoys playing in an orchestra because she learns to value other instruments, listen and improve her sound and the orchestra’s sound overall. When she grows up, she would like to be an intellectual property lawyer. Besides that, she is interested in sports like basketball, volleyball, football and tennis.
Wema Marandu joined SYO in 2019. She plays the flute as well as the piano. She enjoys the opportunity to play different music genres with fellow instrumentalists. In future she would like to be an architect. Besides music, she enjoys reading fiction materials.
Gabrielle Odhiambo also known as ‘Gabby’ studies at Rift Valley Academy. She plays the flute and the piano. She joined SYO in May 2018. What she enjoys most is learning new and challenging music and playing in a vibrant orchestra. In future she would like to be a medical doctor. Besides music, she also enjoys hanging out with friends, baking and watching basketball.
Born in 2007. Antisha began studying violin at a young age, of which she is currently doing Grade 5. Two years later, she discovered her passion for the cello (Preparing for Grade 7).
Antisha joined SYO 2 years ago and plays Cello. It has been a life changing moment in her music development.
She is the Choir and Orchestra Monitor at Cavina School. She credits YoYo Ma as her inspiration for the cello. Antisha holds many records for swimming both at the national and school level. She enjoys playing hockey, netball and rounders. In her free time, she enjoys watching documentaries.
Mwendwa Masika is also known as ‘Marshall’ studies at St. Christopher’s Secondary School.
He joined SYO in 2019 and plays the violin as well as the guitar, bass guitar and piano. What he enjoys most at SYO is that it reminds him of who he is, it is a motivational booster, it is one of the ways he can give back to society, getting to interact and making friends with different people and the fact that it is a refreshing time after a week of school.
When he grows up, he would like to be an aeronautical engineer and a music producer. He is also interested in creating music pieces and travelling.
Muthoni joined SYO in 2019 and plays the violin and piano. She enjoys her time at SYO mostly because of its environment, eating lunch and playing at concerts with people. She has not decided what she would like to be in future, however she is interested in painting, bird watching, learning languages, science, cooking, poetry and fictional writing.
Lura Lucia Marwa, also known as ‘Lulu’ studies at St. Austin’s Academy. She joined SYO in 2019 and plays the violin as well as the piano. What she enjoys most at SYO is being able to play with others in an orchestra, while experiencing different places and learning more about music. SYO has instilled discipline with practice that now comes naturally. When she grows up she would like to be a doctor, chef or an actress. She also enjoys cooking, boxing, swimming and hockey.
Lisa Chepkoech Kerich also known as ‘Pumby’ is a student at Logos Christian School. She joined SYO in May 2019 where she plays the violin. She enjoys the consistent training at SYO that’s done in a collaborative and friendly atmosphere. The programme has equipped her with skills for life. Lisa also plays the piano and enjoys art. She is not yet sure what she wants to become when she grows up but is considering dentistry.
Micaela joined the orchestra in May 2019 and plays the violin, piano and recorder. She enjoys the appreciation of music and different talents within SYO.
She likes the sound of the trombone and is determined to learn how to play it.
In future, she would like to be a doctor, she is also interested in music, swimming and horse riding.
Rohan loves interacting with members of the SYO. He enjoys playing the Tuba while learning from some of the finest music tutors in the country. He is gaining skills on how to play in an orchestra with other instruments. SYO has set some form of discipline in his musical practices and routine. He also loves performing with the orchestra in different places.
Rohan has a few ideas of what he wants to be when he grows up. One of the them is being a musician, environmentalist or even trying to break Julius Yego’s javelin record!
Rohan is a keen sports player – he plays in all school teams for cricket, rugby, hockey, tennis and athletics. Besides producing some great art in his free time. He loves spending time with his family and being out there bonding with nature.
Lisa W. Wanjohi
Raheel Neel Shah
Veer Rajen Shah
Leonorah Imani Ngwalla
Vulei Aboka Mgendi
Dylan Okomol Etyang
Melvin Omao Makanda
Martin Arthur Ssuna Jnr
Roy Mwaura Ndichu
Donborn Omondi Angwenge
Natalie Akwara Etyang
Francis Kafue M.
Jeysell Collins Mitoko
Aida Chepkirui Kerich
Annie Liu Chang
Chenaiah Sarah Oliwa
Diva Pratik Shah
Hope Nafula Sikolia
Abigail Wangui Muriithi
Rohan Neel Shah
Instrument: Tenor Saxophone.
Brian Onyango, nicknamed ‘Manohal’ plays the tenor saxophone and bassoon. He joined SYO in May 2019 and enjoys acquiring new skills and values. When he grows up, he wants to be a musician and a professional comedian.
Johnson Osio also known as ‘Alijadroo’ plays the percussion at SYO. He enjoys being part of the team, learning more about music and life experiences. When he grows up, he would like to be an advocate.
Johnson Osio also known as ‘Alijadroo’ plays the percussion at SYO. He enjoys being part of the team, learning more about music and life experiences. When he grows up, he would like to be an advocate.
Tamara Wachira nicknamed ‘Tammy’, ‘Tamsies’ or ‘Tamz’ joined SYO in 2020. She plays the trumpet, guitar and recently began learning the piano. One of the things she enjoys most is the growth and exposure experienced throughout. Besides music, she enjoys soccer, gaming, taking walks and volunteering with St John ambulance. In future, she would like to major in international relations and music.
Samuel Njoroge nicknamed ‘Papa Kash’ plays the percussion. He joined SYO in 2019 and mostly enjoys playing with the team. When he grows up, he would like to be a pilot. Besides music, he enjoys skating.
Instrument: Alto Saxophone.
Jason joined SYO in May 2019 and plays the alto saxophone, he also plays the piano, lower bass, tenor and soprano saxophone.
What he enjoys in SYO most is playing music, making friends and learning from highly skilled tutors.
His career interest is aerospace engineering while his passion is in music.
Anne Adhiambo also goes by ‘Ana’. She joined SYO in 2020 and plays the French horn. What she enjoys most about SYO is good music. Her dream career is in the field of medicine. She also enjoys dancing and acting.
Instrument: French Horn.
Ibrahim Abdi nicknamed ‘Gilardinho Membruez Neymar’ plays the French horn. He joined SYO in 2018 and what he enjoys most is playing music and bonding with other people. In future, he would like to be a journalist, footballer and professional musician. He also enjoys socializing, reading novels and writing.
At SYO, Brian played what h call the most unique and difficult instruments to play-The bassoon. He enjoyed the training sessions, making new friends and playing the instrument.
Instrument: Tenor Saxophone.
Sammy Kiama commonly known as ‘Kee’ plays the tenor saxophone and flute. He joined SYO in May 2020 and enjoys being in an environment that supports what he loves doing with his peers. His aspiration is studying aeronautical engineering. In his free time, he enjoys reading comics. He also has a soft spot for animals
Instrument: Double Bass.
Jessica Kheseli also known as ‘Jess’ or ‘Jessie’ joined SYO in 2018. She plays the double bass, violin and guitar. She enjoys playing beautiful music with amazing people, interacting with them and the exposure of it all. She equally enjoys meeting with well-known people in the music world and being mentored by the best. In future, she would like to be a physicist and help discover the mysteries of what is beyond the human eye.
Instrument: Double Bass.
Miguel Bukera Zueco studies at French School Denis Diderot. He joined SYO in 2017 and plays the double bass. He has always been passionate about music and rhythm, playing since he was 5. He enjoys playing music with others and having fun while at it. In future, he would like to pursue a career as a veterinarian.
Crystal Gichane is a violinist at SYO, she is also a pianist and a self-taught guitarist. She joined SYO in April of 2020 and her experience at SYO has been enigmatic to say the least. SYO colours her Saturdays with the abundance of musical knowledge from the tutors and players. She would like to go into journalism in the near future. Aside from her musical endeavors, she enjoys reading, spending time with her dog and knitting.
Tamara Bochere Ataya nicknamed ‘Tami’ is a student from Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA. She joined SYO in 2016 and plays the violin. What she enjoys most about SYO is making friends with like-minded people who love music. It feels like home away from home.
She also enjoys the collaboration, and finds beauty in different sounds coming together to create one sound. Her best experience at SYO has been playing with Jimek and Jorge at the Art of Music anniversary. It’s a moment in time that she will never forget.
She also enjoys golf and netball. Although she is not sure about her future career, she would like to venture into something that involves chemistry and/or economics. She wants to impact the world.
Maryanne Nduku plays the cello at SYO. She joined the team in May 2018 and what she enjoys most is socializing with fellow musicians and playing together. When she grows up, she wants to be a professional cellist and give back to society by helping those in need.
Daniel Ochieng plays the trombone and tuba. He joined SYO in 2016 and what he enjoys most is the genres of music that exposes them to professional skills. When he grows up he would like to be an aeronautical engineer.
Holiness Fortune joined SYO in 2020, playing the trombone and euphonium. She enjoys being a member in the orchestra and sees it as an opportunity to meet and learn from different people. Her musical skills have improved greatly. In future, she would like to be a paediatrician or an architectural engineer. She also enjoys solving puzzles and colouring.
Dilan Otieno plays the violin at SYO which he joined in 2017. He picked up music through his brother who helped him join Ghetto Classics. At SYO, he has been exposed to new techniques and skills which he continues to improve. He has picked up a lot on teamwork and interacting with people from different backgrounds.
Rayana Wairimu Oyando also nicknamed ‘ Ray’, ‘Rayray’ or ‘Nimu’ joined SYO in 2016. She is a member of the violin 1 section. Other than the violin and singing, she taught herself how to play the piano and is slowly learning the alto saxophone. What she enjoys most at SYO is making new friends and coming together to play. Besides music, she is passionate about sports. She would like to study psychology in future specialising in either sports psychology, criminology, forensic psychology or music therapy.
Dennis Ngigi Kimani, nick named ‘2Pac Shakur’ plays the viola at SYO. He joined SYO in 2018 and enjoys interacting with different musicians from diverse backgrounds. When he grows up he would like to be an architect or designer.
Mark Kogo studies at Alliance High School. He joined SYO in May 2019 and plays the cello, as well as the piano and clarinet. At SYO what he enjoys most is the music they make. When he grows up, he would like to be a Biochemist.
Simon Maweu Mbuvi joined SYO in 2019 and plays the oboe, flute and alto recorder. SYO has helped him consider music as a subject and helped him manage his time balancing between academics and curricula’s. He wants to pursue his studies in the UK after high school and his dream career is petroleum engineering. He also enjoys playing chess in his free time.
Jamie joined SYO in 2019 and plays the oboe. He enjoys playing with other great players and actually learning from them. He loves listening to music and playing football. He looks forward to being a professional oboe player in the coming years.
Instrument: French Horn.
Cyndicate Kabei nicknamed ‘Hurley’ plays the French horn. She joined SYO in 2018 and she enjoys the music. In future, she would like to pursue music as a career.
Manuel Karanja also known as ‘Manu’ joined SYO in 2018 and plays the trumpet as well as the piano. He enjoys the teamwork at SYO. In future, he would like to be a microbiologist and immunologist. He also enjoys reading and playing basketball.
Job Robert also known as ‘Esendi’ plays the trumpet as well as the saxophone, guitar, piano and other brass instruments. He joined SYO in 2019 and so far, he enjoys the exposure to spectacular musicians his age, the on-stage experience and the atmosphere cultured by the tutors for positive growth. When he grows up, he wants to pursue music aggressively while pursuing some type of engineering on the side. During his free time, he enjoys arranging and composing music, machine bikes and cars.
Daniel Pamba plays the percusion and the piano. He joined SYO in 2014 and what he likes about it is the sectionals, especially in the percussion section where he learned a lot.
In the future he would like to be a university professor, his personal interests are travelling, singing, playing the piano, reading the bible and being at SYO.
Caleb Kavita joined SYO in May 2019 and plays the percussion, piano, bass and acoustic guitar. What he enjoys most about being a member of SYO is meeting during weekends and playing music. In future, he would like to be a financial engineer.
Betty Mwende is an ambitious girl from Korogocho. She started making music when she was introduced to Ghetto Classics in 2016 and started learning how to play the trumpet. She joined SYO in 2017 and enjoys the challenge and tough assignments given to her by the tutors and other players. Being in the world of music has brought a lot more potential and happiness to her.
Now 22, Elvis joined SYO in 2016. Besides playing the flute, he also plays the tenor saxophone and congas. What he enjoyed most at SYO is the music they made. In the future, Elvis wants to be a jazz artist. His other interests include football, Afro jazz and human causes/ initiatives.
Simon is an active member of the brass section and specializes in playing the trombone. He is proud to have been among the first batch to join the SYO in 2014. Through SYO, he’s gotten to interact with some of the best musical tutors in the country, something he says is a rare opportunity to get.
Looking to pursue medicine as a career, he says he will be a unique doctor who rewards his patients by playing them some music. He also loves conducting the orchestra.
Willis 16, joined SYO in 2016 to play the saxophone. One other instrument he plays is the flute.
What he loved most about SYO is the team- Tutti, Levi and Duncan. He also loved sectional practices with his partner Sam. He says the music they played at SYO as they are challenging and improves one’s skills. Every Saturday was an opportunity to learn something new for Willis. He likes playing basketball and in the future he would like to be an electrical engineer.
I enjoy spending my time learning new concept in music and sharing this information with others.
Nick 17, joined SYO in 2019 and plays the French horn and trumpet. He enjoys the fact that he gets to play and be trained by the finest musicians in the country. SYO has also pushed him to work twice as hard in music to release his inner potential not only as a musician but also a person. and be the best version of himself. He is interested in entrepreneurship and business. He also loves travelling, cooking and athletics.
Lamech is a violinist with six years experience. He joined the SYO in 2014 and his best experience yet is joining and performing at the Groove Awards the next day. The SYO has helped him hone his leadership skills as he has led the second violins since 2016.
He says what his musical journey has taught him is that everything is possible provided you have the passion for the things you are doing.
Stephen 19, also known as Odruma joined SYO in the fall of 2015 to play what he calls the coolest instrument ever-the violin.
He is in the first violin section and also got the chance to be the ConcertMaster for the 2018/2020 orchestral terms.
Besides playing the violin, he takes violin teaching tutors from his string tutors. What he loves about CYO is how the orchestra embraces diversity in different aspects of life. His other interests include Early Childhood music/Instrument education and music analysis.
Phebian, also known among his peers as Omolity, joined SYO in 2016. What he enjoys most as SYO is the repertoire. In future he would like to study journalism and media studies. He also has interests in music production.
At SYO, Daniel plays the baritone hone, trumpet and cornet. His most memorable experience is the massive sound and sonority produced by the orchestra whenever they would play together. When he grows up, he would like to be a neuro-surgeon and maybe join a big band or orchestra.
Gibson 19, plays the viola and the violin at SYO. Having joined in 2015, he says he enjoyed the parties, meeting new friends and performing in major concerts.
Though the experience has not been short of challenges, the experience has moulded him into who he is today. His hobbies include skating, swimming and riding bikes. In the future, Gibson would like to be a great entrepreneur and a better musician.
Barrack is a true representation of what the SYO percussion team can produce- Skills and dedication. He insists he joined SYO with a clear mind- sharpening my music skills because I enjoy making music.
Teddy Otieno is a music lover who joined Ghetto Classics in 2014. He started playing tuba for six months and got a chance to audition for the Safaricom Youth Orchestra in 2015. He enjoys the harmonious performances at SYO where he started playing the piano. He is clearly passionate about the classical piano and in future he wants to be a classical pianist and a doctor. He graduated from SYO in 2020. He’s been working to achieve his dream as well as teach tuba and piano lessons to the younger generation at Ghetto Classics. He concludes that he is a product of support and doesn’t mind giving back too.
Ried says SYO taught her many things and clains it was a blessing being around a diverse grop of musicians. He learnt the different ways we learn music and the different ways it lends meaning to our lives. He now has a broader perspective of the music world and is more open to the diffeent ways of playing since joining SYO.
Peter played the trombone at SYO besides the baritone saxophone. What he enjoys most about the SYO is playing with his peers under the training of highly experienced tutors.
He would like to be a pilot in the future and his other interest is in computer science.
Grace plays the tenor and alto saxophones. She joined SYO in 2019 and enjoyed learning new skills and techniques and be able to apply them. She also likes making new friends and expanding her network.
In future, she would like to be a civil engineer and a lecturer in music. She would also like to start a band with her friends and widen her knowledge in music especially classical music.
Dishon also known as Wachy joined SYO in 2019 and plays the clarinet. Being a member of SYO has helped appreciate classical music to a level he never imagined possible. He enjoys the music and organized noise. Besides learning aboyt music, SYO has taught him a lot of life lessons.
Music has always been a passion for Dishon ever since he learnt it from his elder brother. He would like to be a songwriter and record producer in the future.
Lena’s past experience included her few years of learning the violin while in the school’s oechestra band before joining SYO. The challenging pieces at SYO did not only sharpen her skills but also helped her get a place in a school in the USA.
Besides the violin, she also plays the piano, flute and saxophone and is proud to be part of an organization such as SYO and is determined to continue her musical journey.
Wycliffe joined SYO in 2015 and plays the saxophone and the bassoon. His time at the SYO has helped him learn new techniques such as transposing music on site and learning how to play new instruments. Playing music at a higher level with different players has added to his experience besides travelling for big performances such as the Safaricom Jazz Festival and team building. All these have been impactful to his life.
During her four years at SYO, Wambui has played the violin with Mr. David Ralak as her tutor. She also plays the piano and is self taught on the cello. Having joined SYO in 2016,
Her experience has been amazing as the have been to State House during Jamhuri Day and the Safaricom Jazz Festival.
She loves playing music and the smile music puts on people’s faces when they come to gether to play. Besides music, she also loves sports and would like to expand her knowledge on music by learning how to play other instruments.
Besides the violin, Waihuini also plays the piano. What she enjoyed most at SYO was the music they made together and meeting new people. She is still not sure what she would like to be in the future but her interests lie in cooking and baking.
Arnav is one of the pioneer students at SYO and would like to pursue a career path in biological engineering. At SYO he enjoyed the music and sociable teams.
I go by the name Cornell Odhiambo. I’m 21years old and I studied at Glory Secondary School. I play the trombone alongside other instrument i.e the guitar but am so passionate about playing the trombone .Having joined SYO way back in 2015, I can say the experience has been life-changing. The most fascinating bit of it was TEAM WORK. Interacting with my fellow orchestra players has enabled me to discover my potential build my musical skills. Playing alongside other great musicians and artists was also esteem-building. I also enjoyed socializing with people from different walks of life.
In future I would really like to be a musician so that I can nurture young musicians. Among my personal interests is driving since I enjoy touring and nature as a whole. I go by the name Cornell Odhiambo. Am 21years old and I studied at Glory Secondary School. I play the trombone alongside other instrument i.e the guitar but am so passionate about playing the trombone .Having joined SYO way back in 2015, I can say the experience has been life-changing.
The most fascinating bit of it was TEAM WORK. Interacting with my fellow orchestra players has enabled me to discover my potential build my musical skills. Playing alongside other great musicians and artists was also esteem-building. I also enjoyed socializing with people from different walks of life. In future I would really like to be a musician so that I can nurture young musicians. Among my personal interests is driving since I enjoy touring and nature as a whole.
Alex aka Senior plays the trumpet. Being an alumni of M-pesa Academy, he says the sound of trumpet inspired him to be a trumpeter. Besides the trumpet, Alex also plays the guitar and piano and is an active member of the praise and worship team at his church. His experience at SYO has been amazing to say the least. His favourite piece to play with the orchestra is Blue Danube by Johann Strauss.
Given a chance, he would play with the orchestra again because the conductors, tutors, players and staff work in harmony despite their different backgrounds.
In future, he would like to be a software engineer. Despite his undying love for music, he loves computers and football and daily solving problems through art and music is his passion. He is deeply grateful for the chance he got to play with the SYO.
SYO taught me so many things. It was such a blessing to be around a diverse group of musicians. I learned about the different ways we all learn music, and the different ways it lends meaning to our lives. I have a broader perspectivie of the musical world, and am more open to different ways of playing since being in SYO.
Nelson Masbayi Muyodi joined SYO in 2014 as one of the pioneers and graduated in 2017. Having joined SYO at the time as one of the youngest members, he was really nervous. This, however, changed immediately as he met the friendliest and most caring people. His time in SYO was wholesome as he gained valuable skills from the very best tutors and musicians. SYO also taught him various life skills such as discipline, hard work and teamwork. The experience helped him grow holistically as a person and showed him the importance of music as a medium through which we are able to express our emotions/feelings and connect with one another on an intimate level regardless of our social or ethnic backgrounds
In the classical music scene, Benard teaches the flute at the Art of Music Foundation st Ghetto classics and the piano and flute at the ALL Saint’s Cathedral, Serare School, Baylec Academy and also works as a private tutor of woodwind instruments, piano and guitar around Nairobi.
Since she wants to pursue music as a career, SYO helped Charity with her journey. Meeting new tutors and learning new things every weekend has boosted her teaching practice as she also teaches young children who have a passion for learning music.
SYO has had a huge impact in Ivy’s life both musically and holistically as a person. It taught her perseverance and resilience in her academics and helped her form bonds and ties for her career.
The time spent at SYO has helped Allan in various aspects of life both academic and social. He learnt resilience, kindness to people and helping where one can, hard work and team leading.
The SYO was the biggest step Delvis took in his musical career. He improved his skills in sight reading, improvisation and many more. He also improved his leadership skills as he was the first trumpeter in his final year. The tutors at SYO played a big part in helping him decide whether to take music seriously as a career.
SYO was great experience for Kamau as he go to play and intearct with other players from different schools and walks of life and further developing his appreciation for orchestra music.
Priya has been a member of SYO since 2014 and currently pursuing an undergraduate course in music therapy from Frost School of Music, University of Miami. She is a mamber of the wind orchestra and choir at the school.
Currently pursuing music in current school in the UK. Still taking music lessons in the Trumpet and Flugelhorn and sings
Timothy says his experience at SYO was remarkable as it made him focus on his music and studies. His mentors and friends shaped his career and he is happy he joined the amazing programme. In terms of his social life, Timothy says it helped him keep off the streets and from bad company that would have easily misled him.
SYO has had a huge impact on Meshack’s career path. Being a member, he has learnt to be a team player which is important in his career as a software developer. Also the skills he acquired at univeristy have helped him as he earns a living from teaching and performing at events.
The SYO had a positive musical journey on Celine’s musical journey. She was also able to learn performance skills and meet different musicians who impacted her playing through the program and is willing to be part of the activities at SYO in the future.
Tiffany says SYO opened her mind to the world of orchestra and other genres of music I never thought existed. The experience helped her gain confidence in playing and opened other doors for her to teach what she learnt from the amazing tutors.
In the classical music scene, I teach flute for the Art Of Music foundation at Ghetto Classics in Korogocho and piano and flute at All Saints Cathedral, Serare School, Baylec music Academy and also I work as a private tutor of woodwind instruments, piano and guitar around Nairobi.
Sharon has studied music and played the violin since she was ten. SYO helped her sharpen her skills and opened many doors for her to met new people and perform in different places.
Ritika joined SYO in 2018 and enjoys playing new areas in sectionals. She learnt a lot of patience which is important in orchestra. She says her sight reading improved considerably and is touched by Safaricom’s efforts, the commitments and genuinness. She would like to be a marine biologist, violinista and actor. She is also interested in fitness and soccer.
Leon joined SYO in 2018 and also plays the basson, tenor, soprano and baritone saxophones. He enjoys interacting with different members of the orchestra and playing a variety of music.
In future he would love to arrange music, produce and even perform at esteemed events. His other interests are art and he also draws from time to time.
He is a great friend of the entire sax section. Due to his compassionate nature, he was always available to give a helping hand to those in need of help. He embodied the heart and soul of the alto sax.
Besides playing the percussion instruments, Decain also plays the piano and guitar. He loves to play basketball and football and in the future, he would like to be a neurologist. He also enjoys playing music with his family.
Besides the clarinet, Aryan also plays the bassoon at SYO which she joined in 2015.
He is very interested in art and crafts, reading books, surfing the internet for new music to add to her playlist. What he loves most about SYO is being taught new genres of music e.g jazz and classical, the bonding activities and making new friends. He would like to pursue a career in technology.
Mary started playing the violin at age 14. She loves how the instrument relays sentiments as it is a lovely instrument. She says she got to know about the SYO through a friend who had attended the Safaricom Jazz Festival. After talking to her teachers, she auditioned and was successful to join. Her experience has been nothing but amazing as she got to learn more about classical music and how it relates to literature, art and the world around us. She can’t wait for her next term.
Jason plays the flute. He first learnt about the orchestra from one of his tutors. Thanks to his older brother who also plays the flute, he started playing the flute because he also loved how beautiful it sounded. He says being in the orchestra is a great experience as he gets to meet new people and enjoy beautiful music.
Stella joined SYO in 2014 and graduated in 2017 having played the trombone in the orchestra for three years. She was the first female trombonist and led the base section. She says she enjoyed her time at the SYO and the leadership position enabled her to attract mentors.
In 2014, she started and coordinated an orchestra club at her former high school. This achievement together with her experience at SYO helped with her application to the university in the USA.
She successfully auditioned to join the Kenya National Youth Orchestra and the Conservatoire Orchestra. She was recently invited to play with the Nairobi Orchestra alongside her tutors at SYO, KNYO and The Conservatoire. She says SYO has helped her to make a difference through allowing her to explore different musical adventures, her desire to empower people and discover the human potential.
SYO has played a big role in David’s life. The skills he got from SYO have helped him and he will strive to teach other kids the same. He says he’s learnt so much from SYO and he is grateful to have gotten the chance to be part of the orchestra.
Derrick stays in Korogocho and is really happy to have joined the Safaricom Youth Orchestra. He says he will try his best and hopes he will help the orchestra with his knowledge in music.
Instrument: Alto Saxophone.
Diana loves playing her instrument- the alto-saxophone. Besides music, she loves dancing, chatting with friends and family and having fun. Quite the talkative one, Diana is always smiley and happy. She believes in helping people and really thanks God she got the chance to join the orchestra. It’s a dream come true for her.
Emil started playing the guitar at 6. Besides music, he also loves swimming and art no wonder he joined the art club at the National Museums of Kenya.At the time of auditioning, he didn’t know much about the orchestra but now he says it’s a great chance to get closer to music.
Evanson began playing brass instruments and pursuing music when he joined high school though he used to play drums. He says since his first class, there has been a fire burning inside and right now he is the band leader at his school but he insists his biggest achievement is yet to come.
He believes music is a doorway to changing one’s life and making the world a better place.
In his free time, Evanson loves reading and playing football. His immediate focus is music and academics. He also can’t forget that he loves his family very much.
Joseph says the SYO has helped him understand different types of music as they play jazz, african and classical music. He’s made many friends, many of whom are still friends with him. He says he was so lucky to have been chosen to play in the SYO and would love to see others get the opportunity like he did.
Kristie loves art- painting with watercolors. She is also an avid fan of music and likes performing pop music. She says she is interested in movies and the work that goes into making them. A fashionista by choice, She is also a script and novel writer.
Lenana says he joined SYO to follow his passion in music and to gain skills in the instrument he plays- the saxophone.
He says he couldn’t have been here without the support of his family. He is really excited to have joined the orchestra. His passion lies in music and art.
I was born in December, the month that all the greatest people were born. I have been playing violin for about 7 years now. I have one sibling and two parents. That’s me basically.
Everything about music excites Sanzu. From huge orchestral performances to pop stars. From cadences to accidentals. He one day hopes to make music for film and take people to different worlds through music.
Thanks to one of her best friends, Melanie started playing the violin at 9 years. At first she wasn’t very interested until after an evening music at her school. She got many good comments and reviews from parents, teachers and friends. That’s when she took it seriously. Besides the violin, she also plays the piano and likes sports.
She enjoys learning new things everyday.
Miranda started playing the flute in class 2 and she’s never stopped. Besides the flute, she also plays piano and sings.
Awuor has been playing the violin ever since she was 4. She says at first it was an escape from piano.
Her best friend Chelimo is in the orchestra too. She loves reading, telling jokes, writing poetry, singing, dancing, science, history and music.
Lita joined SYO in 2015 and plays the violin and flute. She likes interacting with like-minded people and in the future she would like to pursue anything biological. Her other interests include sports and animal and environment advocacy.
Imani M. Karani, nicknamed ‘Brayo’ studies at St. Mary’s Lavington. He joined SYO in 2018 and plays the violin. He also plays the bass guitar, drums and piano. What he enjoys most is making new friends, learning new skills and meeting interesting people. Besides music, he enjoys rugby and photography. In future he would like to be a world renown photographer.
Jason Maina Kamau
Anne Amollo Adhiambo
Phebian Ochieng Omollo
Peter Mwangi Gichimu
Nelson Masbayi Muyodi
Ivy Rachel Awuor
Okoth Delvis Ojwang
Timothy Mwendwa Muindi
Sharon Wanjiru Mathu
Leon Muchai Kagika
Stella Akwoyo Odiwuor
Diana Kabura Chege
Emil Afumi Odhiambo
Kristie Nabalayo Wattimah
Lenana Kenote Komora
Maweu Tito Mwalwa
Sanzu Padula Mwalwa
Melanie Rose Moon
Miranda Margareth Wanja Buwalda
Awuor Jada Onguru