Mei Stone, 18, currently studies at The Juilliard School in New York City under the instruction of Mr. Robert Langevin, principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for three years, studying with Ms. Nancy Stagnitta and playing flute, piccolo, and alto flute in a variety of ensembles, including the IAA band and orchestra, the Syzygy Woodwind Quintet, pit orchestras, a collaboration with Grammy-Award-winning ensemble eighth blackbird, and various groups put together by IAA student composers. She has been a part of the OK Mozart Music Festival and the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. In both 2015 and 2016, she toured China and Europe with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA) under the batons of Maestros Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, and Valery Gergiev. Mei has performed with the IAA orchestra as a winner of the 2015 Interlochen Arts Academy concerto competition. She has also performed as a soloist with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band as the winner and scholarship recipient of their 2016 concerto competition. Mei is a 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Scholarship recipient. She is a 2016 and 2017 National YoungArts Foundation winner and has been featured on National Public Radio’s From the Top with host Christopher O’Reilly. Currently, she is principal flutist of the New York Youth Symphony and performs in the Juilliard orchestra and various chamber groups, including AXIOM, Juilliard’s new music ensemble. Outside of music, Mei enjoys reading, baking, and long-distance running.