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2016-2017 IRIS ARTIST FELLOWS

The IRIS Artist Fellowship residency program offers emerging musicians from historically underrepresented populations in classical music a year of outstanding performance experience with guided opportunities to exercise their passion for community service through music engagement. This year’s Fellows are Mariama Alcântara, violin; Ashley Vines, viola; and Ajibola Rivers, cello. Together they keep a busy schedule mentoring young musicians in Memphis area schools, creating community building music opportunities, and performing as members of IRIS Orchestra and the chamber ensemble C3Strings. Learn More about the IRIS Artist Fellowship Program.

ASHLEY VINES

Ashley is a Philadelphia native with strong credentials in both viola performance and teaching; she has already distinguished herself as a role model and instructor of young music students. She is

AJIBOLA RIVERS

The cello has proven to be Ajibola’s passport to the world of music. He loves being in front of a live audience and draws much of his performance energy from the audience and fellow musicians on stage. Ajibola is working

MARIAMA ALCÂNTARA

Mariama was introduced to music by her father, a professional guitarist in Brazil, and chose violin as her way to travel the world and gain exposure to different cultures. She is a recent graduate of the