My name is Carissa Subar and I am 19 years old. My love for music began at a young age when I was intrigued by the classical pieces featured in a cartoon called, “The Little Einsteins.” As a little girl, it was always my dream to one day be able to play those pieces. For my 10th birthday when my parents John and Asha Subar gifted me a violin, I had the privilege of beginning my journey at TTYP, where my dream was brought to life.
Since then, our very dedicated Music Director, Mr. Kenneth Listhrop, has been continuously pushing and encouraging me to work hard and do my very best. Thanks to him, I have been able to excel in many Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) examinations, up to Grade 8 in 2018.
In 2019, to my surprise, I was given the opportunity to be the concert mistress of TTYP, for which I am eternally grateful. In 2020, I began preparing for my ARSM (Associate of the Royal Schools of Music) performance diploma, but was unable to complete the examination as a result of the nationwide lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2021, during the pandemic, I graduated from the St. Augustine Girls’ High School, where I studied Science and Mathematics, and I am currently in my second year of pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of the West Indies.
Ms. Frederick, Attorney-at-law and Research Analyst at Avasant Consulting Ltd., holds a BSc. Information Technology and LL.B Law from the University of West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. Additionally, she obtained her Legal Education Certificate (LEC) from the Hugh Wooding Law School and was subsequently called to the bar as an Attorney-at-law of Trinidad and Tobago’s Supreme Court of Judicature in December 2020.
She started music with the recorder and piano at a very tender age with Ms Louise McIntosh (deceased). She began training on the violin and cello in 2005 and 2006 respectively with Mr. Kenneth Listhrop. Ms. Frederick is a passionate musician having attained her Diploma in Cello Performance, and Grade 8 certificates in Theory, Violin and Piano from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London and the Trinity College of Music, London. She represented Trinidad and Tobago in 2017 when she earned a position to play for the Seoul International Community Orchestra (SICO), South Korea. She is currently the Assistant Music Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Philharmonic.
In 2022 she was recognised as one of the honourees for the 2022 Ignite Caribbean 30 under 30 Changemaker Awards. Ms. Frederick is also an awardee of the National Youth Action Committee Top 20 Stars of Tomorrow and the National Carnival Bands Association for her contribution to the Carnival Artform.
Keisha Daniel is an Assistant Music Director, Conductor and Board Member at the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Philharmonic. She started music at a tender age of 5, learning piano, recorder and tenor pan with Ms. Louse McIntosh (deceased). She then started learning violin at the age of 9 with Mrs. Shirley James. In 2007 she joined the St. Augustine Chambers Orchestra with Mr. Kenneth Listhrop.
In 2008, she became a student teacher and learnt to play the viola. During her years in the orchestra, she acquired her Grade 3 certificate in French Horn, Grade 7 in Viola, Grade 7 in Music Theory and Diploma in Violin Performance. She also has her Grade 8 certificate in piano. At present she is preparing for her Licentiate in Violin Performance with Mr. Kenneth Listhrop.
Keisha now tutors children in piano, violin and viola.