MICHAELA WELLEMS 22, was born in Skokie, Illinois. Ms. Wellems will begin earning her master's degree at Rice University Shepherd School of Music this fall studying under Kathleen Winkler. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Wellems was featured in the Colburn Chamber Music Society alongside Opus One members and was formerly first violinist of the Calla String Quartet. Calla received the silver medal at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and performed at The Melbourne Conservatorium with Steinway Artist Alessio Bax. Ms. Wellems was also awarded a 2016 Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestral Fellowship and was principal second violinist of the 2014 New York String Orchestra Seminar performing at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Wellems recently graduated with a bachelor's degree from The Colburn School. Her previous teachers include Robert Lipsett and Almita Vamos.