Sylvia Byars is fourteen years old and is educated at Veritas Scholars Academy. She began violin lessons when she was very young and at about the age of twelve she switched to the viola and today’s concert performance marks her official debut as a soloist with the Telemann Viola Concerto. Sylvia studies the viola privately with Drostan Hall and joined the Camerata Chicago Academy Chamber Orchestra in 2018. She is now the Principal Violist of the senior ensemble. Sylvia is an enthusiastic member of the Wayne DuPage Hunt Pony Club and regularly participates in horse competitions and activities.