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Ambassador Program

OMP’s Ambassador Program provides advanced students and recent graduates the opportunity to use their skill and experience to give back to their community in a unique way.

Thomas is a great, positive role model. It’s been a great improvement – he’s very friendly, very knowledgeable with regard to music, so it’s been very helpful.

Vannet, Family Member of Mentee

By partnering with younger beginner OMP students, our Ambassadors are able to share practice tips, technical advice, and other musical know-how as they mentor their younger colleagues. Mentees grow a special connection with someone they can look up to. Mentors gain the invaluable experience of sharing their talent in a unique way.

So far, I really enjoy teaching my practice partner, Mia. Most of the things we’ve gone over in our first two sessions have been related to hand-eye coordination, which we are trying to perfect.

Diem Jennings, Mentor

Ambassadors during COVID-19

Ambassadors meet with their mentees once a week between Orchestra rehearsals and theory classes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, OMP moved entirely online in a matter of days, and our Ambassadors stepped up, too. Students meet with their mentors via Zoom in the comfort of their own homes, keeping their practice consistent and productive during a challenging time.

Our Mentors

Allie Dalberis-Sullivan, Mentor

Allie Dalberis-Sullivan is 14 years old. She is in high school, at School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY, and she has been a violin student at Opportunity Music Project since 2016. She enjoys playing music and helping others.

This year, Allie attended Manhattan School of Music Summer Program and NYPhil YOLA Summer Camp. Recently, she became an Ambassador at Opportunity Music Project. She helps mentor young musicians once a month (OMP) for community service.

“Being a student at Opportunity Music Project opens the door for me to many music opportunities and it encourages me to bring music to those who are less fortunate.”

Allie Dalberis-Sullivan is 14 years old. Allie Dalberis-Sullivan plays violin.

Avery Bloomberg, Mentor

Avery Bloomberg (16 years old) is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, song writer, and producer from New York City. After he finishes his school day at Laguardia High School, he teaches private guitar lessons to kids across the city (ajjams.org), and loves to play in bands.

He mentors OMP cello students, as well as assists in runnings sectionals for the OMP Orchestras. Additionally, he is the proud founder and producer of the annual talent show to fundraise for OMP, and is honored to be a part of the OMP community.

Avery Bloomberg is 16 years old. Avery Bloomberg plays cello.

Diem Jennings, Mentor

Diem Jennings is a 12-year-old rising seventh-grader at Sacred Heart in the Bronx. She’s also a straight-A, first-honors student. She’s been playing the violin for six years and has been with OMP for three years. She enjoys reading mangas, playing volleyball with her school’s JV team and participating in Girl Scouts. So far, her favorite song to play is Haydn Concerto in G Major. She enjoys playing her violin for talent shows and community concerts.

In the Summer of 2020, she joined the OMP Ambassador Program as a practice partner.

Diem Jennings is 12 years old. Diem Jennings plays violin.

Ganling Chu, Mentor

Ganling Chu is a violin performance student at the Aaron Copland School of Music under the studio of Daniel Phillips.

As a rising junior and hardworking violinist, she started when she was 7 through el Sistema, a group of orchestras in Venezuela where she’s from. Since she arrived to New York, she has participated in many Venezuelan and immigrants events as well as winning the CSI Performance Competition for Strings. Currently, Ganling balances her school work with teaching violin at the Performing arts conservatory of NY and at the Amadeus music school and exploring her passion for design and the arts.

Ganling Chu plays Violin.

George Wolfe-McGuire, Mentor

George Thomas Alexander Wolfe-McGuire, age 17, of Amityville, New York, has studied cello since age four and is now in his fourth year at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School as a student of Fred Sherry. George was a semifinalist in the 2020 and 2021 Junior Divison of the Sphinx Competition and is a recipient of the Sphinx Organization’s MPower Artist Grant.

In the summer of 2017 George attended the Sphinx Performance Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he performed in the masterclasses of Richard Weiss, First Assistant Principal of the Cleveland Orchestra. An active member of the Metropolitan String Orchestra since 2013, George has performed as a soloist with orchestras and string ensembles in many venues in the New York metropolitan region. In 2019 he received the Paul Rudolff award, given as a second prize in the annual Island Symphony Orchestra Young Performer’s Competition. George has spent summers honing his cello skills at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Meadowmount School of Music, The Heifetz International Music Institute and Junior Greenwood Music Camp.

Since the spring of 2019, George has been volunteering as OMP Ambassador and cello mentor at the Opportunity Music Project, a non-profit that provides free instruction, instruments, and performance opportunities to young musicians in underserved communities in New York City that traditionally do not have access to a classical music education. George is a ranked sabre fencer who competes in tournaments around the country including Nationals and the Junior Olympics.

George Wolfe-McGuire is 17 years old. George Wolfe-McGuire plays cello.

Thomas Stone, Mentor

Thomas Stone is a rising senior studying violin at LaGuardia High School. He enjoys teaching and playing the violin and plans on studying music education in college. In addition to playing for the LaGuardia Orchestra, he has played with All City Orchestra, and with his band Th3 O’clock, performing classic rock songs arranged for violin and guitar.

His mission for his students is to make practicing fun while still making progress and accomplishing goals. “When I was younger and first starting out, violin was a struggle and the lessons were very tough. I understand this struggle, which is why I want to make practicing as fun as possible for the students, while still making great progress on the instrument.”

Thomas Stone plays violin.