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2018-2019 Project Jumpstart Team

Nate Bomans | Contact Nate | facebook.com/nate.bomans

Nate BomansNate Bomans is currently in his first year of the Master of Music in violin performance, studying with Professor Mauricio Fuks, following his Bachelor studies also at the Jacobs School of Music. Having played the violin since he was five years old, Nate has participated and performed in festivals in North America and Europe, including solo performances in Canada and concerts in Europe and Asia. He made his solo debut with orchestra in 2012 with the Cowichan Consort and was featured in a documentary on the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and on CBC Radio for the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Nate has studied and performed music from a variety of different eras, from the 16th to the 21st century, and has been active in the promotion of both the music of the past and music being composed today.

In addition to music, Nate is an active photographer and videographer, professionally recording various events though video and photography. In combining these areas with music, Nate believes that with an effective and innovative use of media, the music world can reach a broader audience and become more creative and engaging, both inside and outside the performance hall.

Julianna Eidle | Contact Julianna | facebook.com/Julianna-Eidle 

Julianna EidleJulianna Eidle is currently pursuing a Performer Diploma (flute) under the tutelage of Thomas Robertello, following her Bachelor studies with Kathryn Lukas, also at the Jacobs School of Music. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Julianna is a multifaceted performer, experienced in solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings. Committed to diversifying the traditional repertoire, Julianna frequently performs new and forgotten compositions.In addition to her performance studies, Julianna is an avid arts administrator, striving to realize the inherent power and potential of music. An Assistant Recital Hall Coordinator at the Jacobs School and an alumnus of the Classical Connections student leadership team, she is an experienced and multifaceted arts coordinator and manager. Julianna looks forward to bringing her unique background to her new position as Project Manager on the Project Jumpstart team.

Carlo Fierens | Contact Carlo | carlofierens.com  

Jackie SkaraItalian-born Carlo Fierens is a guitarist, musicologist, and educator. After his studies in guitar and musicology in Italy, he completed an Artist Diploma at the University of Denver with Ricardo Iznaola. He has won top prizes in many international guitar competitions and been awarded a research project grant at the Paul Sacher Stiftung (Switzerland). In Italy, Carlo has been an active performer and guitar instructor, working with students of all ages and backgrounds. Carlo is now completing a DM in guitar performance under the tutelage of Ernesto Bitetti and developing a performing career that is taking him around the globe.

Kari Novilla | Contact Kari | karinovilla.com 

Kari NovillaKari Novilla is beginning her second year at the Jacobs School of Music as a Harp Performance major studying with Elzbieta Szmyt, Chair of the Harp Department. She is a Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar and Dean’s Scholar in the Hutton Honors College.

Kari has served as Principal Harp with the Oak Ridge Philharmonia and the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Other orchestral experience includes engagements with the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, University of Tennessee Chamber Orchestra, and Johnson City Symphony. Kari has won numerous awards and accolades. As the winner of the KSYO 2015-2016 Concerto Competition, she was invited to perform with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Summer engagements have included performing in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A., as a part of the Idyllwild Chamberfest

Symphony Orchestra for two years, and at the 2018 Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) National Trustees Summer Music Institute (SMI) in Washington, D.C. As a winner of the NSO SMI concerto competition, she was a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center concert on July 29th.

As an established event chair and fundraiser producer, Kari continues to pursue her love of music both in the performance setting and as an advocate for charitable causes. Kari is excited to use her knowledge of social media and marketing strategies to help musicians develop and present their unique image to the world. She is eager to bring her ideas and enthusiasm to the Project Jumpstart team as the Communications and Marketing Specialist.