OUR MISSION

We increase access to opportunities for musicians to enrich their performing careers and impact their communities.

OUR VISION

Be the global network for providing musicians with diverse opportunities and increase their agency as community leaders.

OUR STORY

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Active since 2015, we produce charity concerts to support and raise thousands of dollars and donation supplies for countless non-profit organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Clarence Community Food Pantry, Direct Relief, Feeding America, Harvard College VISION, Hearts and Hands, Journey’s End Refugee Services, MusiCares, NAACP, Overseas Military Care Packages, and Project 440.

 

To develop our organization and take it to the next level, we are reconfiguring into a scholarship platform specifically for musicians. We believe that if you make a sound, you are a musician. Our accessible livestream concerts for musicians of all ages and levels provide an outlet for them to express themselves and empower them to share their stories and visions. Ultimately, through sharing our music, Vision Possible aims to make musicians’ visions possible by providing financial scholarship for their education and personal development. 

Our goals this year include raising a substantial amount of money for the scholarship (at least $1,000) and to pay our musicians and staff, connecting with donors, promoting our brand name and organization, and building our online presence through social media to reach as many musicians as we can.

ABOUT US.

MEET THE TEAM

BOARD

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JAROD YAP

Chief Executive Officer

Pianist Jarod Yap, 21, founded Vision Possible in November 2015 in Buffalo, NY. He is currently a scholarship student in the Rice-UT Public Health Scholars Program studying as a piano performance major with Professor Jeanne Kierman Fischer and as a MPH candidate at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.

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JI HOON CHOI

Vice President

Jihoon Choi, 20, is currently a student at Southern Methodist University double majoring in Bachelor of Arts in Music (Piano) and Bachelor of Business Administration Management. He has been playing the piano since he was 7 years old and was born in South Korea, although he lived in the Philippines for most of his life.

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SHUNG-JUNE DANJUL

Treasurer

David Danjul, 22, graduated from the Shepherd School of Music in 2020. He is currently pursuing a Master in Accounting at the Jones Graduate School of Business. He recently interned at PwC and accepted an offer to work as an audit associate in the fall of 2021.

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JODI LIU

Secretary

Jodi Liu is a junior at The King's Academy. Her passion for music started at a young age. She can play piano, violin, guitar, ukulele and electric bass, and uses them to serve in school and in the community. Aside from music, Jodi has a strong interest in computer science and hopes to integrate music and technology in the future.

STAFF

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DANIELLE GUO

Social Media Coordinator

Danielle Guo, 15, is a sophomore at Williamsville East High School. She is currently the Class of 2024 President, Asian Culture Club Co-President, and Symphonic Orchestra Vice President at East. In her free time, she enjoys playing cello and tennis.

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CONNIE YAP

General Staff

Connie Yap is a freshman and Presidential Scholar at the University at Buffalo Honors College. She majors in Child & Family Studies and loves working with children at Buffalo String Works and SABAH. Connie teaches piano and serves as a respite worker too.

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SAMMI CHOO

Marketing Specialist

Violinist Samantha Choo, 22, is a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music. She currently resides in the Dallas area where she works in marketing analytics and performs with several local symphonies. In her free time, Samantha enjoys hiking, photography, and crocheting.

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WILLIAM OH

Media Communications Chair

William Oh is currently a junior at Canisius High School, where he is a member of the varsity rowing team. He enjoys playing music and has been playing the cello since he was 4 years old. In addition to the cello, he enjoys playing the piano. William has been a member of several orchestras, including GBYO and NYSSMA ensembles.

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BRIANNA POON

Scholarship Ambassador

Brianna Poon is a rising junior at Coppell High School in Coppell, TX. Starting at a young age, she was already familiar with music, as her mom is a piano teacher, and her cousins are also involved with music. From this constant surrounding of music, she became interested and began playing the piano and violin when she was 4.

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SEAN CHAN-LAM

Co-Secretary/Project Manager

Pianist and violinist Sean Chan-Lam, 20, is currently studying medicine at UCD in Dublin, Ireland where he is a member of the medical society and volunteers at events. He performed at Carnegie Hall for the Tri-State Certificate of Excellence Recital as a result of his top scores in conservatory examinations.

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RACHEL YAP

Visual Designer

Rachel Yap, 19, is a student at the University of California, Davis studying Psychology and Design with a concentration in Interactive Design. She is currently an associate at Design Interactive and where she conducts interdisciplinary research and uses human-centered design to create positive change.

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HANNAH HABERSTROH

Fundraising Coordinator

Hannah Haberstroh is a junior at Independence High School in California. She has always had a passion for music and started playing the violin at the age of seven. She also learned a few other instruments over the years, such as flute, piano, ukulele, and guitar, and she is a part of the Nova Vista Symphony.

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XU PENG

Staff

Xu Peng started playing piano at the age of four. In 2008, he entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he studied with Prof. Zhang Zhiwei. He received his BM in piano performance with a minor in French Studies from Rice University. He is currently pursuing a MM at the same school under Prof. Jon Kimura Parker.

ADVISORY BOARD

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MARY HANDLEY

Advisor

Mary Handley is a respected pedagogue and pianist, and has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Symphony, and San Francisco State Orchestra, and in numerous solo, collaborative, and chamber music recitals in the United States and Canada.

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JEANNE K. FISCHER

Advisor

Jeanne Kierman Fischer, Artist Teacher of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, specializes in contemporary American piano music and has presented solo recitals in Africa and North America.

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BOVEY LEE

Advisor

Bovey Lee is a Hong Kong born, Los Angeles based visual artist known for her highly intricate cut paper works. Prior to her professional art career, Lee was an art professor for nearly a decade. As an artist, she regularly gives artist talks and conducts workshops at educational institutions.