Edward Kim ’21 | President
Edward Kim is a violinist living in Dunster House studying Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in Statistics. When not in the lab doing immunology research, you can find him reading classics or Asian American literature! Udon noodles are the way to his heart; alternatively, one can serenade him with Tchaikovsky’s works (one of his favorite composers). Fun fact: Edward is from Texas!
Benjamin Wenzelberg ’21 | Co-Music Director
Benjamin Wenzelberg is honored to be co-Music Director of Harvard’s Mozart Society Orchestra. Benjy is a 2017 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts and National Merit Scholarship Winner, countertenor, composer, conductor and pianist. Currently a junior at Harvard, he made his European conducting and composition debut with his orchestral composition at the Grafenegg Festival; the piece won first prize and was just reprised by the Tonkünstler Orchestra at Vienna Musikverein’s Golden Hall. He has been a conducting apprentice with the New York Youth Symphony, a Fellow at the Bard College-Conservatory of Music Conductors Institute, and has studied with Martyn Brabbins of the English National Opera and David Syrus of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. He is a proud member of the Harvard University Choir. An eight-season soloist and chorister with the Metropolitan Opera, he has been a soloist with companies/venues including The New World Center, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, NY City Opera, NY Philharmonic, Atlanta Opera, and David Geffen Hall. Benjy attended Juilliard Pre-College for eight years as a composition major and also studied piano, voice in a chamber group, and conducting there. He is proud to have Music Directed, Directed, and conducted/accompanied from the piano professional performances in NYC and NJ of his ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award-winning opera for family audiences, “The Sleeping Beauty.”
Ryan Zhang ’21 | Co-Music Director
Ryan Zhang is a junior in Mather House. He is undecided in what he wants to study, but has sprawling interests in music, politics, and history. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Zhang’s conducting debut was at Westminster Choir College, when he conducted a choral program of Pablo Casals and Paul Mealor. Since then, he has performed with the West Windsor-Plainsboro North Philharmonic and during the summer of 2016, was selected to be one of two apprentice conductors to the National Youth Orchestra of the USA. At the program, Zhang collaborated closely with James Ross, Professor of Conducting at Juilliard, and guest artists Christoph Eschenbach and Emanuel Ax. He studies with Jonathan Coopersmith, Professor of Conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music. Outside of the Mozart Society Orchestra, Ryan loves opera, hockey, and all-things the West Wing. He also staffs Harvard’s Model United Nations conferences, teaches civic lessons to fifth graders through the Institute of Politics, and conducts classical music groups on campus.
Will Flanagan ’20 | Treasurer
Will Flanagan is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado and a proud resident of Eliot House. He is pursuing a concentration in Chemistry and Physics, joint with Earth and Planetary Sciences. He has been involved in various student organizations at Harvard in addition to the Mozart Society Orchestra, such as The Harvard Crimson, Harvard College Marathon Challenge, and the Eliot House Committee. When he is not playing the cello in Eliot’s clock tower music room, some of Will’s favorite hobbies include meandering through Boston, mountain climbing, road tripping, and—most recently—relishing the Charles River through intramural crew. He can be found at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, in various cafés in the Square, and in the Eliot courtyard.
William Yao ’21 | Publicity Chair
William Yao is a sophomore violinist studying Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and is the Publicity Chair for the Mozart Society Orchestra, as well as a proud member of Kirkland House. He also performs regularly with the Brattle Street Chamber Players and the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra. Besides violin, William is an engineer for the Harvard Crimson Technology Board. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School Precollege Division and toured with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA for three seasons. Talk to him about boba, long distance running, and why Rhode Island is the smallest state with the biggest heart.