Writing the music of tomorrow.

The young composers below are studying under the guidance of Reena Esmail


Katherine is a senior at Westridge School.  She sings in three vocal ensembles in and outside of school, has played piano for ten years, and began composing three years ago.  Since then, Katherine participated in Listening to the Future, a program in which she composed for the Pasadena Master Chorale.  She was a 2016-2017 participant in Salastina's Sounds Promising program, in which she had her string trio performed and recorded by two professional musicians and a fellow Young Artist. This season, she is writing a viola sonata for D'aci Knight.

She thanks everyone at Salastina for continuing to enrich her love of music composition and making this experience possible. 

Katherine will attend Brown University this Fall. 


Tiffany Shi is a senior at San Marino High School. Ever since she was introduced to the piano at the age of four, she's been captivated by the intimacy of music. With the piano as her primary instrument, Tiffany also plays flute and sings. She began composing solo piano music at eight years old. In 2015, she wrote choral music in the Pasadena Master Chorale's young composers program. Salastina's Sounds Promising program gave her her first opportunity to compose for chamber ensemble. She wrote a piano trio, which was professionally performed and recorded. This season, she is writing a cello sonata for Phoebe Chu. 

Tiffany will attend Stanford University in the Fall.