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Kyle Swanson

Bronxville High School Class of 2014

Flutist, Kyle Swanson, Bronxville HS class of 2014, received a Marshall Scholarship to study at Cambridge University.  Marshall scholars are chosen through a rigorous national competition that assesses academic merit, leadership, and ambassadorial potential. 

Kyle graduated from MIT in 2018 with a BS in computer science and engineering, a BS in mathematics, and a minor in music. He will receive a MEng in computer science and engineering in the spring of 2019.  He will study mathematics and computer science at Cambridge, and intends to pursue a PhD in computer science to research applications of machine learning to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Swanson’s master’s research focuses on machine learning for chemistry. He is currently developing machine-learning algorithms to predict molecular properties such as toxicity or solubility, with the hope of developing a property-prediction tool that can accelerate drug discovery. Swanson previously conducted research on cybersecurity at CSAIL. He has interned at Microsoft and other companies and taught machine learning to university students in Kazakhstan.

An accomplished musician, Swanson plays flute and piccolo with the MIT Symphony Orchestra where he has served as president. He is active with the music service club Ribotones, which performs concerts at nursing homes, and he has played with MIT’s Chamber Music Society and Wind Ensemble. Swanson has received multiple MIT awards recognizing his musical talent and scholarship.

John Devlin

Bronxville High School Class of 2004

John Devlin, Assistant Director of Orchestral Studies at The University of Maryland, is an innovative conductor whose performances are hailed by the Washington Post as “refreshingly unfamiliar” events that deliver “a new audience for classical music,” and that have brought “the sold-out house to its feet, cheering.”

 

This is John’s mission as a conductor—to deliver concerts that frame orchestral music in new and innovative ways. Devlin’s artistic leadership has inspired many forward-thinking concepts such as Gourmet Symphony, Go-Go Symphony, Seamless Symphony, Interactive Symphony and the New Retro Project. Each reflects Devlin’s mission of making classical music attainable and engaging for all audiences. These projects have earned high praise as performances that “stand out and are exciting, ambitious and, dare we say — funky?”

 

Devlin is also an active conductor of outstanding high school and collegiate ensembles. In addition to his work with the ensembles at the School of Music, Devlin has also conducted numerous high-school honor ensembles, including the Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and Maine All-State Orchestras.

 

Devlin graduated with both a master’s and a doctoral degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Maryland School of Music, where he studied with James Ross. His undergraduate degree is from Emory University where he graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Music and Latin.

 

Chamber Music Program

Bowdoin College

Orchestra Program

Bowdoin College

Andrew Walter-McNeill

2015 Bronxville High School Graduate

Principal cellist of the Bowdoin College orchestra and a participant in the College's  chamber music program, Andrew has been active in supporting the  efforts of student composers  and in performing works from the standard repertoire.  To hear recent performances, please click on the links to the left.   (For the chamber music program, please set the slider to 20:00.)