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Aika Birch

2024 Violin B

Aika Birch, 15, is a freshman at Jackson High School. She began studying violin with Dr. Marlene Moses at age 3, has studied with Dr. Minju Kim, and is currently a student of Jung-Min Amy Lee, Associate Concertmaster for the Cleveland Orchestra. Aika plays violin with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Reith. She previously played with the Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra under the direction of Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz and has attended both the Western Reserve Chamber Festival and the Interlochen Advanced String summer camp. She volunteered at EN-RICH-MENT of Stark County aas a student instructor in 2023. Aika is the 2023 winner of the Sigma Alpha Iota Cleveland Annual String Competition. She also finished third in the Interlochen Arts Camp Advanced Concerto Competition. As the winner of the Young Artist Competition, Aika performed the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Lakeland Civic Orchestra in 2024. Aika was a member of the pit orchestra for the Jackson High School production of the musical, Newsies. In her free time, Aika loves to read and enjoys baking, sewing, and long walks.