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The Penguin Penmen

The Penguin wouldn’t be anything without our fabulous team of contributors! We’d love for you to join us –  just email!

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Andrew Nissen is a trombonist originally from Sydney, Australia. Completing a graduate degree at New England Conservatory, he is passionate about the future of classical music and where the trombone fits within it. The editor of The Penguin for this year, Andrew studies with Toby Oft and Stephen Lange of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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Sophia Adickes is from Houston, Texas and has been writing for the penguin for two years. She is a junior Classical Vocal Performance major at NEC and studies with Patricia Misslin. 


Isabella Dawis is a second-year Undergraduate Diploma student in voice, a Community Performances and Partnerships Teaching Fellow, and an accompanist for the chorus department. She is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and was raised on a diet of Spam and Prince.

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Akenya is a senior in the jazz voice department. In addition to writing for The Penguin, she is Vice-President of the African-American Student Union, and founder of the benefit concert NEC: Underground and Scholarship Students 4 Students.

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