MEET THE TEAM
The 2022-2023 Love Through Music Team
Founder and Director of Operations
Nicole Lam is a rising sophomore at Yale University. She started Love Through Music as a high school freshman in 2017. As a pianist, she has been playing since the age of 4 and has performed as a soloist in world known concert halls like Carnegie Hall New York, Bucharest University Romania, Brahms Hall Vienna, Zipper Concert Hall, and others. Nicole has won innumerable competitions like Lansum International Competition, and TC International. As a classical vocalist, Nicole has sung in renowned concert venues such as Dorothy Chandler and historic sites of Italy and Vienna. Nicole also has extensive chamber music experience, such as commissions to premiere UCLA's composition based on “Glass Menagerie" and Bruce Stark's "Three Dances" at the MTAC convention. As a television host, Nicole works as the only bilingual host at her station, hosting celebratory events broadcasted to as many as twenty thousand viewers. As someone who finds joy in helping others, Nicole strives to spread the essence of music to other people’s hearts and show that passion can motivate people to do phenomenal things.
Leilani Patao is a senior in the Music Vocals Department at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Her previous roles at LACHSA include Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Somewhere Soloist in West Side Story, and Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She is so excited to be a part of the Love Through Music team and is thankful for this wonderful opportunity.
Tania Rambaldo is a senior at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. A classically trained violinist, pianist, and occasional singer, she has been playing music for most of her life. Tania has participated in music festivals across San Francisco and Los Angeles and enjoys collaborating with diverse types of musicians, from duets with jazz pianists to large classical ensembles. As someone whose life has been shaped by music, Tania believes musicians have the ability to heal their communities—to connect people without words and inspire kindness. She is beyond thankful to be a part of Love Through Music.
Mihilo Kato is a junior at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). During the past several years, Mihilo has won top prizes in several competitions including: Silver Prize in the Liszt class at the Northern Lights International Piano Competition (2021), Bronze Prize at the Southern California Junior Bach Festival (2021), 1st place in the CAPMT Contemporary Competition State Finals (2022), and Semifinalist in the Classical Instrumental category for The Music Center’s Spotlight competition (2022). Furthermore, Mihilo loves to collaborate with others and has played with many musicians and dancers for various concerts and competitions. Mihilo's goal is to achieve a degree in piano performance and either perform with other musicians or become a teacher. She is extremely excited to be a part of Love Through Music, to continue using music as a way to spread joy and give back/connect with different communities.
Kayla Mehldau, age 12, is a 7th grader at Cedarlane Academy. She has enjoyed playing piano for the past six years. She is excited to be a part of Love Through Music and to help with charity projects.
Hailey Lin is a 7th grader at High Point Academy. She enjoys drawing, listening to music, and fashion design. She is excited to be a part of the Love Through Music family and hopes to use her artistic abilities to help more people and share joy!
Cayla F. Mendoza is a freshman at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where she will be studying violin and music therapy. Sharing her passion for music, Cayla often volunteers for Education Through Music-LA and her local church, Saint Mary Magdalene. She has performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Dolby Theatre, Zipper Concert Hall, Skirball Cultural Center, and the Staples Center for the 62nd Grammys alongside artists such as Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Cyndi Lauper, and more. In 2020 she was a featured solo violinist at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Mass of the Unborn at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels with composer Dr. John Bonaduce. Excited for college, Cayla is looking forward to walking alongside alligators, embracing hurricanes, and more importantly, leading the Love Through Music branch at the University of Miami.
LTM EXECUTIVE BOARD
2021-2022: Nicole Lam (director of operations); Leilani Patao (outreach director); Sarah Sung (activities director)
2020-2021: Nicole Lam (director of operations); Cayla Mendoza (outreach director); Leilani Patao (activities director)
2019-2020: Nicole Lam (director of operations); John Robert-Santiago (co-outreach director); Cayla Mendoza (co-outreach director); Tania Rambaldo (activities director)
2018-2019: Nicole Lam (director of operations); Hanah Park (outreach director); Tania Rambaldo (activities director)
2021-2022: Tania Rambaldo (president); Mihilo Kato (vice president); Emma Tio (co-secretary); Mary Elizalde (co-secretary); Theodore Hom (treasurer)
2020-2021: Nicole Lam (president); Tania Rambaldo (vice president); Rachel Goodman (secretary); Oliver Harlan (treasurer)
2019-2020: Nicole Lam (president); Tania Rambaldo (vice president); Leilani Patao (secretary); Oliver Harlan (treasurer)
2021-2022: Emma Chang; Grace Wang; Joshua Hao (co-presidents)
2021-2022: Kayla Mehldau (president); Charlene Yu (vice president); Ivy Liu (secretary); Vy Duong (treasurer)
LTM@UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
2021-2022: Cayla Mendoza (president); Autumn Sinegal (vice-president); Alana Kerr (social media/graphic designer)
2021-2022: Violet Barnum (president)
LTM@UC SANTA CRUZ
2021-2022: Fariyan Alam (president)
LTM@HIGH POINT ACADEMY
2021-2022: Hailey Lin (president)