Andrea Ramirez, 12, has been playing the violin since age 5 and piano since the age of 9. She studies violin with Mrs. Patricia Karakas, and is a 7th grade student at Spring Branch Middle School (SBMS) under the orchestra direction of Mrs. Cleo Miele. During elementary and middle school she participated in the SBISD Solo and Ensemble competition, where she has been awarded Outstanding Performance medals for five consecutive years. Andrea also earned the position of first violinist in the TMEA Region 27 Symphony Orchestra in both 6th and 7th grades. She has been a member of the SBMS Chamber Orchestra since 6th grade, and currently is concertmaster. She is an honor roll student, and during summers attends Fiddler’s Fair, where she has served as a mentor to elementary players. Andrea’s hobbies include guitar, volleyball, swimming, art, playing video games, and singing along to her favorite pop group 5SOS. Andrea is looking forward to her first season as a member of the Virtuosi of Houston.