MEET THE 2019 PROJECT INCLUSION STRING Fellows

Find out more about this year's Project Inclusion String Quartet Fellows Sergio Carleo, Chelsea Sharpe, Eva Mondragón and Chava Appiah.

Sergio Carleo, violin

Sergio Carleo, violin

Originally from Venezuela, violinist Sergio Carleo has performed numerous concerts as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in different venues in South America, North America, Europe and Cuba. He debuted as a soloist in Venezuela, where he performed with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra under the direction of maestro Gustavo Dudamel. He has been awarded first prize at the Maurice Hasson National Violin Competition and Grand Prix winner of the LISMA Foundation International Music Competition, which allowed him to make his first American debut at Carnegie Hall. He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in violin performance from Lynn University. He is currently a Violin Fellow with the New World Symphony.


Chelsea Sharpe, violin

Chelsea Sharpe, violin

A native of Duluth, Georgia, violinist Chelsea Sharpe has performed with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, and the Houston Latin American Philharmonic.  A graduate of the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development program, she is the winner of several competitions, including the Georgia Philharmonic Young Artist Concerto Competition, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Ruth Kern Young Artist Concerto Competition, among others.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Rice University and a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Southern California. In 2004 Ms. Sharpe was the subject of a joint Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Georgia Public Television (GPTV) documentary entitled Instrumental Success with her former teacher, ASO violinist Ronda Respess. She is currently a Violin Fellow with the New World Symphony.



Eva Mondragón, viola

Eva Mondragon, viola

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, violist Eva Mondragón has performed with the Delaware Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Richmond Symphony, New World Symphony, Ashland Symphony, Canton Symphony, Symphony in C, Erie Philharmonic, and Opera Circle Cleveland.  She has participated in many summer music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Verbier Festival.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the Peabody Conservatory, a Master of Music degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland - College Park.



Chava Appiah, cello

Chava Appiah, cello

Originally from West Bloomfield, Michigan, cellist Chava Appiah has performed with the Boston Philharmonic and Firelands Symphony.  She has completed fellowships with the Tanglewood Music Center and Madeline Island Chamber Music and participated in the Spoleto and Pacific Music Festivals.  A Fulbright Award recipient, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance and a Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience from Oberlin College and a Master of Music degree in cello performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.  She is currently a Cello Fellow with the New World Symphony.