/ Welcome!

We are excited to welcome the following new staff members to the BYSO family - Nickolette Cartales, David Angelo, and Joanna Wendel.

Nickolette Cartales, Community Programs Associate

 Nickolette Cartales began learning viola at age 5, which lead her to graduate from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in music, as well as a degree in Spanish Literature and Language. She believes that music brings people together and creates profound connections and communities. Furthermore, Nickolette is a strong advocate for youth orchestral and chamber music programs because of the discipline and communication skills they brought her as a student, along with the experience of sharing music with others. 

While obtaining her Master of Music degree at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, she was a teaching assistant at Conservatory Lab Charter School, Boston String Academy, and Longy’s Sistema Side-by-Side Program. Since then, she has worked in administrative roles, most notably at the Heifetz International Music Institute this summer as the Faculty and Festival Assistant in Virginia. In her spare time, Nickolette enjoys reading, bike riding, and playing duets with her sister. 

David Angelo, Operations Associate

David Angelo is a clarinetist and teacher based in the Boston area for the past 9 years. He studied at the Boston Conservatory where he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Contemporary Music Performance. As a fierce advocate for new music David has taken part in the world premieres of around 100 solo, chamber, and large ensemble works. Some performance highlights include premiering a concerto with the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble and touring the US with Ambient Orchestra, performing an arrangement of David Bowie’s final album Blackstar. David has played with many local Boston groups including the Du Bois Orchestra, New England Film Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Sound Icon, MIT Wind Ensemble, Boston Opera Collaborative, and MassOpera. David has recently completed certification to be an Alexander Technique teacher. Before joining BYSO he served as a founding organizer and Ensemble and Event Manager for Chimera New Music, Assistant Production Manager for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Associate for Boston New Music Initiative, and the Assistant Performance Librarian at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He also teaches a private studio of clarinet, saxophone, and piano students. 

Joanna Wendel, Institutional Giving Associate

Joanna is the newest member of the development team at BYSO. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history and previously held curatorial roles at the MFA Boston and the Harvard Art Museums. Joanna started playing the violin at age 7 and is an alumna of Young People's Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley, CA and Princeton University Sinfonia. She is excited to bring her passion for arts education to BYSO.