Wells Andres ’09 was recently awarded the Joseph Lentilhon Selden ’49 Memorial Award at Yale University. The prize recognizes Yale juniors "whose verve, idealism and constructive interest in music and the humanities exemplify those qualities for which Joseph Lentilhon Selden is remembered." In recent years the award has gone to students who are especially notable for their contribution to the field of music.
As president of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Wells was responsible for the Halloween show, and was the producer for both the music and the film that accompanies it. He also collaborated with Yale radio WYBC to live-stream concerts and worked with the music director and orchestra manager to schedule and organize the entire YSO season. In addition, Wells has been YSO Associate Concert Master, YSO Principal 2nd Violin, a soloist, part of a graduate string quartet and has appeared as a guest soloist both on and off campus and across the United States. He has also been an active member of numerous Yale College musical groups and their productions, including the Berkeley and Saybrook College Orchestras, Opera Theater of Yale College, the Dramat, and Musical Cure at Yale.
In recognizing Wells, the college notes that “the most impressive thing about him, however, is his exuberant generosity of spirit. He not only loves music himself, but he also lifts up his audiences and colleagues by his contagious delight and his exceptionally high standards.”
While at Taft, Wells was a Collegium member; he was head chorister in his senior year. He occasionally played with Taft’s chamber, and traveled to New Haven each week to study with his current Yale professor. He also played with the New Haven Youth Symphony Orchestra, where he was concertmaster for four years. A violinist since the age of five, Wells attended Greenwood Music Camp's junior and senior divisions and Boston University Tanglewood Institute's Young Artist's Orchestra. In addition, he attended California Summer Music for two summers, studying with Zaven Melikian and Milan Vitek. He was also the winner of the junior division of Connecticut ASTA's 2008 solo competition.
A psychology and neuroscience major, Wells is a premed student splitting his time between science and music. He does research in a neurosurgery lab at Yale School of Medicine, studying oncolytic viruses as a therapy for malignant brain tumors. This summer, he will be working at the UCSF school of medicine in an orthopedic trauma lab.