Who We Are
Artistic Director and Conductor
Tristan Rais-Sherman is the recently appointed Conductor of the Young Peoples Symphony with the Young Artists Philharmonic, as well as the Conductor of the West Connecticut Youth Orchestra String Ensemble. He also has recently been named Artistic Director and Conductor of the Hilltop Music Collective in Greenwich, CT. Tristan has become one of the most sought after young conductors in New York/Connecticut area, and is becoming known for his vivid and thrilling music-making. This August, he appeareda as part of the Kaufman Music Center’s Summer String Fest at Merkin Concert Hall. In early 2017, Tristan was a finalist with both the Naples Philharmonic and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra to become Assistant Conductor and Music Director of their respective Youth Orchestras. He previously served as Assistant Conductor and David Alan Miller Fellow of the New York Youth Symphony from 2015-2017. Tristan recently performed as part of the Lamont Conducting Workshop in Denver, CO and the Aurora Festival in Vänersborg, Sweden. He is passionate about creating inspiring musical experiences for people of all ages, from 6 months to 60 years, and beyond.
Tristan graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting as a student of Kenneth Kiesler in 2015. While in Michigan, he served as Music Director of the Michigan Pops Orchestra—the United States’ oldest collegiate Pops orchestra, and one of Ann Arbor’s most cherished musical organizations. Under his direction, the orchestra performed a wide variety of music—ranging from Mendelssohn and Prokofiev to Game of Thrones and Video Games Live. He performed with the University Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras on the stage of Hill Auditorium, and served as Assistant Conductor of all active ensembles. He led premieres of music by Keith Allegretti, Sam Saunders and organized a performance of music by Brahms, Haydn, and Rameau. Since completing his graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Tristan has been a Conducting Fellow at the Dartington International Summer School in the UK, and participated in the Seventh International St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Masterclass with Alexander Polishchuck and Sian Edwards in September 2015.
Co-Founder and Communications
Eve Weiss has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe (and in between on the QEII), as a soloist and chamber performer. She made her NYC debut to critical acclaim. As part of the Zemlin/Weiss guitar duo, she was the first American Woman to receive the Toscanini Award for 19th-century chamber music, in Stresa, Italy. The 20thcentury composer Anthony Glise was commissioned by the Itasca OrchestraSociety to write a concert for the duo (The Pendulum), which they premiered in November, 1992.
Ms. Weiss has performed on various NPR stations throughout the country. Her private studies have been with Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin and Pat O’Brien. Master classes have been with Oscar Ghiglia and Angel Romero.
Eve Weiss isa registered Suzuki Guitar teacher. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience with children and adults, and has significant experience with students with developmental issues. She was formerly head of classical guitar studies at Moravian College in Pennsylvania. Ms Weiss is currently on the faculty of the Greenwich Suzuki Academy and the Lucy Moses School in Manhattan.
Marketing and Development Director
Melissa Devaney is a violist/pianist and has been involved with the Hilltop Chamber Collective since 2016. She currently teaches SECE at the Greenwich Suzuki Academy and plays viola with the St. Thomas Orchestra. She is a Mom of two and operates a virtual skincare business. Melissa grew up in New Mexico and has a background in counseling/social work. She enjoys reading, writing, practicing yoga, listening to podcasts, and playing music with others, especially her kids.