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A B O U T   U S

Emily Zhao founded the Sound of Wishes Ensemble (SoWE) in 2017. From its initial small group of Guzheng musicians, Sound of Wishes has always been dedicated to cultivating cultural diversity and helping under-resourced kids in the community.  

Every year, SoWE performs all throughout the Chicagoland area, with the goal of raising awareness for Eastern Asian culture and music. In addition, we are active on our Youtube  channel and offer Guzheng music lessons as well in hopes of inspiring others to learn, listen, and value Eastern music.
Through various fundraisers, scholarships, and donations, SoWE has raised over $10,000 for organizations committed to providing relief for kids with limited opportunities, such as Make-A-Wish Foundation and Feeding America.
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Completely run by young adults, Sound of Wishes is officially regiestered as a 501c3 certified Nonprofit Organization. All donations and other proceeds go directly toward our mission.

For performance, Guzheng lessons or contact inquiries, please visit our "Guzheng Lessons" page.

5 Departments
Applications

L e a r n  m o r e  a b o u t  e a c h  d i v i s i o n  h e r e 
A p p l y  b e l o w .

O U R  T E AM

Applications

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW! 

If you are interested in joining our team for any of the five divisions (see above), please fill out this brief FORM!

We will get back to you to discuss your membership in greater detail.

Ensemble

Meet the Team!

Sophia Zhao

President

Musical Performance

Sophia is currently a senior at Naperville North. She has been playing guzheng for 10 years. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, figure skating, dancing, and tutoring english to children with limited opportunities!

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Angela Wang

Co-Founder/President

Musical Performance 

Angela is currently a junior in highschool. She has been playing guzheng for eight years .In her spare time, she enjoys edits videos, for both SoWE and school projects. She's a member of Chicago Children’s Choir’s and a Tzu Shao volunteer for the Tzu Chi Foundation. She also enjoys Chinese dance, hurdles, plays volleyball and badminton.

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Jasmine Fong

Vice-President

Musical Performance

Jasmine is currently a junior in high school. She has been learning guzheng for five years as a student of Sowe founder Emily Zhao. Along with Guzheng, Jasmine is also part of  the Red Dragon swim team. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to different places, such as Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Mika Chang

Director of IT and Communications

Musical Performance 

Arthur Cai

Director of Film Production

Richard Wang

Film Production

Richard is currently a sophomore at Walter Payton College Prep and is learning to play the piano. He is interested in learning more about Chinese history and stories, such as poems and idioms. He enjoys listening to music and playing sports such as badminton and volleyball in his free time.

Sofie Lu

JV Musical Performance

Andrew Luo

JV Musical Performance 

Film Production

Andrew is currently an sophmore. He has been learning guzheng for three years as a student of SoWE and Sophia Zhao. He is interested in Chinese culture, including arts, food, and dances. He likes to play the piano, and Boy Scouts.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Sound of Wishes' official 501c3 Nonprofit Core Board of Directors: 

President: Angela Wang

Vice Presidents: Jasmine Fong & Mika Chang

Treasurer: Jindan Yu

Secretary: Hui He

Legal Officer: Jenny Yang

Marketing Officer: Stella Fong

Directors:

Communications: Andrew Luo

IT: Richard Wang

Film Production: Arthur Cai

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ALUMNI

2022 Graduates

EMILY ZHAO 
FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

Northwestern University

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ELI XU
TECHNOLOGY LEAD

Tsinghua University

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2023 Graduates

DANIEL WANG
VP & FILM PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

United States Air Force Academy

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MAX YANG
VP & IT DIRECTOR

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2024 Graduates

SOPHIA ZHAO
CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT

University TBD

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Sofie Lu

JV Musical Performance

Andrew Luo

JV Musical Performance 

Film Production

Andrew is currently an sophmore. He has been learning guzheng for three years as a student of SoWE and Sophia Zhao. He is interested in Chinese culture, including arts, food, and dances. He likes to play the piano, and Boy Scouts.

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