Welcome to the MIT Ribotones!


The MIT Ribotones play music in service to the greater Boston community and beyond. Last semester, we performed at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, Cambridge Homes, and Youville Assisted Living. For upcoming concert dates and locations, please check back soon!

Members - Past and Present

Sylvain Carpentier G

Piano | Course 18

Pianist Sylvain Carpentier was born in Lille in the northern region of France. He did his undergraduate studies in Paris, at Ecole Normale Superieure and is currently a graduate student at MIT in the math department. Music has been part of his life from a early age, and after studying piano in Lille, he completed his musical formation with Eric Vidonne in Paris and David Deveau in Boston. He has given recitals in Reims, Paris, Milan, Washington and Boston. He played Chopin Grande polonaise brillante with MITSO last March.

Songela Chen '19

Piano | Course 5


Songela ("Angel of Song") is a sophomore from Pittsburgh who enjoys playing piano with Ribotones and flute/piccolo in the MIT Concert Band. She is most interested in computational and biological chemistry and serves as Co-Community Outreach Coordinator of MIT ClubChem. In her free time, she enjoys playing jazz covers and running with friends.

Celia Han '19

Piano, Organ, Guzheng | Course 6-3


Coming from Beijing, China, Celia is currently a sophomore at MIT majoring in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. She has many roles besides being a student — musician, researcher, ancient Greek scholar, leader of an international development project and an experienced traveller. To her, music is a therapy and sharing it is a privilege.

Stacie Lin '19

Violin | Course 7 and 9

Stacie Lin currently studies under Lynn Chang as an Emerson Music Scholar at MIT. She began studying the violin at the age of three and for the past six years studied with Elliott Markow. She regularly gives orchestral performances as concertmaster of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. Stacie has appeared as soloist with several orchestras and in spring of 2016 performed Ravel’s Tzigane with the MIT Symphony Orchestra as its youngest concerto competition winner. She has also played for a number of piano trios in the MIT Chamber Music Society, receiving coaching from Juilliard pianist David Deveau.

Steve Liu '17

Piano and Guitar | Course 3

Steve comes from Foshan, which is known for many kung fu masters like Bruce Lee, Ip Man and Wong Fei-Hung. But sadly, Steve knows nothing about kung fu. As an exchange student from University of Oxford, he is currently working on microneedles drug delivery in Langer Lab for his Master’s thesis. Except for playing the piano and guitar, he also enjoys playing tennis and badminton matches in IMleagues. Steve is interested in group performance because he has been playing piano solo for many years and he wants more resonance from various instruments such as violin, flute, saxophone and cello. He is a big fan of Big Bang Theory, Roger Federer and Lang Lang and he won’t tell you that recently he managed to take a selfie with Maria Sharapova.

Alexandra Panov '17

Violin | Course 5 and 7A

Logistics Chair

Alex has played violin for over a decade, and continues playing at MIT in the Chamber Music Society. She has played in symphony orchestras, string orchestras, quartets, trios, and duos, as well as solo. She enjoys teaching and sharing music, especially around the December holiday season. She grew up in New York, and currently lives in Boston.

Janelle Sands '19

Cello | Course 6-3

Publicity Chair

Janelle Sands is a sophomore at MIT who is majoring in computer science. She has been playing cello for ten years as a soloist, in orchestras, and with a variety of ensembles. She is currently a member of the MIT Symphony Orchestra and previously a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Janelle loves performing and is very excited to share her music through Ribotones performances!

Kyle Swanson '18, MEng '19

Flute and Piccolo | Course 6-3 and 18

Logistics Chair

Kyle is a junior from Bronxville, New York, majoring in computer science and mathematics with a minor in music. Currently a flutist/piccoloist in the MIT Symphony Orchestra and the Emerson Program, Kyle has also enjoyed performing in the MIT Wind Ensemble and with various chamber music groups on campus. When not playing flute or piccolo, Kyle likes to dabble in alto and bass flute and has recently discovered the joys of playing the saxophone, having now performed on all members of the saxophone family. In his free time, Kyle enjoys long runs with the MIT Running Club.

Michelle Tan '20

Violin | Course 6-3

Michelle is a freshman at MIT who is interested in Computer Science. She grew up in the Boston area her entire life and she loves watching the BSO and BPO. She is a former member of both the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Back in her hometown of Needham, she also loved playing in random gigs, pit orchestras, and community concerts. She is very excited for the opportunity to continue sharing her music with other people.

Sandy Yang '19

Violin | Course 9 and 21M

Sandy plays the violin in a pop music string quartet on campus called String Theory. Music, especially chamber music, has always been a part of her personal identity, and while she's planning to study neuroscience, she is also hoping to squeeze in a music minor. Besides classical music, she is also a fan of anything belonging to the electro, house, and alternative genres. Baymax, dinosaurs, and chubby animals are her weaknesses, and she is (not so) secretly in love with Benedict Cumberbatch. Finally, her most valuable asset is being able to wiggle her ears without touching them.

Katherine Young '18, MEng '19

Violin | Course 6-3 and 21M


Katherine grew up in Windsor, Ontario and later moved to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. As a young child, she dabbled in baritone, trumpet, flute, and clarinet. Now, as an Emerson Scholar, she enjoys playing the violin in MITSO and chamber groups. Her passion for community service led to her involvement in Peer Ears, China Care, and education/outreach. She also dedicates a lot of time to McCormick House Government, freshman advising, and doing research with applications in medicine and materials. In her free time, she can be found visiting new places, doing crossword puzzles, eating a lot of food, and running long distances. She's excited to bring the joy of music to others through the MIT Ribotones as a violinist and Co-President!

Austen Yueh '17

Piano and Clarinet | Course 6-3

A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Austen Yueh has been featured as a clarinetist on NPR's From the Top, in addition to concerto soloist with the Phoenix and Chandler Symphony Orchestras. As a pianist, she has appeared as concerto soloist with the Four Seasons Orchestra and received awards at statewide competitions. Her collaborative background includes accompaniment, chamber music, and orchestral concerts. At MIT, Austen is currently involved as clarinetist and pianist in the Chamber Music Society. Although her time is now mostly spent on math and machines, she's even more passionate about keeping music alive and thriving. Having seen the power of music to unite communities and transform people--from benefit concerts to impromptu performances--she's really excited to be a part of Ribotones!

Alice Zhan '17

Violin | Course 6-2

Alice plays violin with MIT String Theory, so she loves fiddling around with pop music and other fun songs! Besides music and classes, she spend a lot of time swimming, reading, and doing random nerdy things :)


Please email ribotones@mit.edu with any questions, comments, or concerns. We'd love to hear from you!