Alumni

One of the original members of HYSO, Nick Abrams joined the orchestra at the age of ten. He played the tenor pan for nine years. Nick’s good humour, easy manner, and ability to memorize lengthy songs characterized his tenure with HYSO. However, Nick’s most enduring contribution is the inspirational speech he gave to the players before every Pan Alive competition. Remember in the “huddle”? Nick is now in his third year at McMaster University, studying religion and cultural anthropology. Currently he is completing an exchange semester at the University of Leeds in England.

Jake Connor is entering his third year at Carleton University in Ottawa majoring in Engineering Physics. He is spending his summer working on Nuclear Physics at Defence Research and Development Canada. While he misses playing pan, his free time is currently spent building robots.

Kareem is a recent graduate of Brock University Teacher’s College program, and an alumni of the McMaster University. He was a proud member of the MAC 2011 Vanier Cup Championship team. Kareem is currently attending an artist residency in New York City, School of Visual Art in pursuit a Master’s degree in Fine Art. Being one of the original members of HYSO, Kareem has always found home, family and friends in this orchestra. Kareem is thankful and appreciative of the on-going love and support received from HYSO and says he will always be willing to give back and contribute in any way possible. In fact, Kareem is our resident graphic designer, his amazing artwork can be seen on HYSO t-shirts and in the HYSO10 Anniversary logo. Kareem is a recipient of the ACCPI youth scholarship award for academic excellence and outstanding community service and the John C. Holland award.

Another founding member of HYSO, Kyle Ferreira has taken the term “pan” to a new level. After having played the six bass for the orchestra for many and provided direction and instruction to HYSO youth, Kyle then went on to graduate from George Brown College in the area of culinary management. His now head chef at the Tavern on George in Hess Village in Hamilton and, instead of creating music, creates the most wonderful flavours with his new set of steel “pans”. Kyle is a recipient of the ACCPI youth scholarship award for academic excellence and outstanding community service and the John C. Holland award.

I am currently completing my third year of architecture abroad in Madrid, Spain. I will work as an intern for a year, either in Europe (Poland, Holland, Germany) or Canada (Toronto, Ottawa), and then return to Ottawa for one more year to finish my Bachelors in Architecture. After two more years of masters in Architecture, and then some hours and exams, I hope to have my own firm, and be designing a whole building for HYSO. Gillian is a recipient of the ACCPI youth scholarship award for academic excellence and outstanding community service.

Krysia completed her Bachelor Degree of Science with Honours in April 2013. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Science with a study focus of Epidemiology. She hopes to be an epidemiologist- roaming the world and tracking down diseases! Her years in HYSO were memorable- from ‘starring role’ in the Colin & Justin show, to performing ‘O Canada’ in Queen’s Park. Krysia is a recipient of the ACCPI youth scholarship award for academic excellence and outstanding community service.