Aliyah Powe, age 15, (in center of photo) has played the violin since she was 3 and also plays the piano. She is currently in her fifth year as a participant in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composer Project. She studied with former Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd principal violin, Claudia Walk, and is currently a student of TSO violinist Wynne Rife. She is also currently studying piano with Svetlana Arakelova.
She has won several competitions, including the TSO Young Artist competition in 2011, 2012, and 2014 (she was selected to solo at the TSO’s Celebrate The Future concert in 2015), and the Civic Orchestra of Tucson Young Artists’ Competition in 2012 and 2014.
Aliyah plays in a string trio with her brother and sister, who play cello and violin respectively. She has been a member of Tucson Junior Strings in the past, and is currently in her first year in the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra.
Aliyah’s 2014 orchestra piece ("The Flight of a Small Bird and an Elephant”) was selected to be played at the TSO’s Young People’s Concerts in 2015, and was also in the finals round of the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Competition (2015).
Aliyah is homeschooled, and is a sophomore. She loves poetry and enjoys origami and caring for her pet diamond doves Brownie and Freckles.