Mekhi Gladden joined the Talent Development Program as a sophomore at North Springs High School. An oboe player with a love of music, but no formal training beyond his school band instruction, Mekhi was accepted into the program and began his remarkable journey. He began rigorous training led by his mentor, ASO oboist Emily Brebach, and became a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. He was selected for Carnegie Hall’s 2017 National Youth Orchestra, where he performed at concerts in New York, as well as Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia, all led by the legendary Marin Alsop. Mekhi's journey will continue at The Curtis Institute of Music in the fall of 2017.