Gael Barker (violin) is a graduate of Montclair High School and will attend George Washington University to major in international relations. Gael is a member of the Academy Orchestra and has been in the program for eight years.
“I first joined the program when I was ten years old and I moved up through the different orchestras. Not only have I been exposed to all sorts of music, techniques, and composers, but I've met so many new people and have made many friends. I've enjoyed every second of my time playing music and being a part of the Youth Orchestra family - I'll never forget my time here.
I want to thank all of the staff, coaches and conductors of the ensembles who helped and believed in me, and who enabled me to progress all the way from Training Ensemble to first violin of Academy Orchestra. I want to thank my fellow members of the orchestra who have made me felt like I belonged, inspired me and helped me to grow. Special thanks to Ms. Youngstein who not only was the conductor of String Ensemble during my time there, but who has been my private teacher for the past few years and the person who has helped me achieve so much. Lastly, I want to thank both my parents and my sister for their unfailing support, as well as my extended family in Guyana and in the United States.”