KAYLA SCHOENY, will be a senior in cello performance at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she studies with Dmitry Kouzov. Kayla was awarded the Carol Ann Thomas Award in 2013, and was a Thomas J. Smith Competition Winner in 2017. She currently holds positions in the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Modern Ensemble, and Kankakee Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she has been involved with festivals such as Carnige Hall Honors Performance Series, Ravinia Festival, ILMEA AllState Honors Orchestra, and Ohio Light Opera. This summer, Kayla will be a member of the Ad Astra Music Festival String Quartet, in addition to participating in Texas Music Festival.