Ayla Patel, age 15, is a 10th grader at The Kinkaid School. She began playing violin at the age of 6. She currently studies with Rodica Gonzalez. She is in the Kinkaid Orchestra under Steve Kastner and Dr. Mauricio Oliveros. She has performed in several recitals in both solo and chamber and competitions. Ayla recently ranked 6th chair in the Region 27 orchestra. She has participated in TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble for the past 8 years, receiving top scores. In her free time, Ayla loves reading, running, and playing with her dog.