BFO Principal Strings
Ignace Jang, Concertmaster
HOMETOWN: Honolulu, HI
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Currently Concertmaster with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Of Korean descent, but born and raised in France. (Parents and siblings live in France.) Attended the Paris National Conservatory of Music, and Indiana University. Worked with Colorado Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London
CAREER INSPIRATION: The human interaction. (Communication without words.) Also that it was a respected field.
MUSICAL TASTES: Other than classical, motown, Jamiroquai.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: My first teacher, who taught me all about the musical world, and MauriceAndré, French trumpetist, who I heard when I was 11. Transcending.
IF YOU WEREN’T A MUSICIAN: Probably music administration or running a summer music camp, which is what I'm already doing.
BRITT HISTORY: First year was 2001.
SOUTHERN OREGON FAVORITES: Spending time with my host family, who have become like parents after all these years.
FAVORITE BRITT MEMORY: When Maestri Trudeau, DePriest and Bay came and conducted the orchestra. I finally had a true sense of the Britt Classical heritage.
Alexandra Preucil, Acting Principal Second Violin
HOMETOWN: Vienna, Austria
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Alexandra Preucil was born in Atlanta, Georgia and began the violin at the age of three. Former Assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, Ms. Preucil currently resides in Vienna, Austria leading and collaborating with ensembles around the world. She is currently an associate member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Haydn Philharmonie. Other recent appearances have included performances with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Festival appearances include the Sun Valley Music Festival, Britt Festival Orchestra, Mainly Mozart, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Festival de Febrero, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Dedicated to music education and community engagement, Ms. Preucil has created and performed programs for all ages. In addition to teaching and giving masterclasses, she was named Director of the Britt Festival Fellowship Program. Read More
Ms. Preucil graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music performance and a minor in dance. While in school, she held the position of Assistant Concertmaster with both the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras. As a member of the award-winning Svanito Quartet, Ms. Preucil studied with members of the Cleveland Quartet, Takacs Quartet, and Cavani Quartet while performing across the United States.
Ms. Preucil plays on a 1744 Sanctus Serafin violin.
Amelia Clingman, Principal Viola
HOME ORCHESTRA: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: B.M., Violin (University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2006); M.M., Viola (New England Conservatory of Music, 2008). During my time in Boston, I played with the Boston Philharmonic and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and also as a substitute with New World Symphony. I was fortunate to serve as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center from 2007-2009, and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in 2010. In 2014, I was a quarterfinalist in the Primrose International Viola Competition, and in 2015 became a founding member of the Polymnia Quartet. Major teachers include James Buswell, Marylou Speaker Churchill, Kathryn Lockwood, Ed Gazouleas, and Carol Rodland.
CAREER INSPIRATION: I've been drawn to music since I was very young, but the thing that motivated me to pursue it as a career was the knowledge that I would never be "done" with discovering new ideas and improving myself. I love having access to this universal language.
MUSICAL TASTES: My favorite composers are Bach, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich, but I also listen to a variety of music styles.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: My teachers have been my greatest inspirations, not only as mentors but as players themselves. Marylou Speaker Churchill and James Buswell were an incredible combination to study with, and had profound impacts on my musical life in different ways. They gave me the tools to continue teaching myself indefinitely, which must be the greatest gift a teacher can give. Many other members of the UMass, NEC, and Tanglewood string faculty were incredibly encouraging and took great care in helping me switch from violin to viola. Tanglewood was an experience that greatly shaped my career path as a violist--there, I was exposed to some of the top conductors and chamber musicians in the world.
IF YOU WEREN’T A MUSICIAN: I've never been one to make plans.
BRITT HISTORY: Playing "Symphony for Nature" at Crater Lake with the Klamath Tribe was my first experience at Britt, and it will stay with me forever. It was an incredible and moving introduction to southern Oregon.
Evan Kahn, Acting Principal Cello
HOMETOWN: Oakland, CA
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Native to Los Angeles, cellist Evan Kahn has been praised as “a cellist deserved of serious listening” for bringing his “electrifying … nuanced and colorful” style to all of his collaborations, from concerti to chamber music to contemporary performances. He has commissioned and premiered over 60 works by composers from around the world, including his father’s Cello Concerto.
Evan holds principal positions in four orchestras — principal cello in Symphony San Jose, principal cello in Opera San Jose, principal cello in San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and assistant principal in West Bay Opera. In April/May 2018, he served as Artist-in-Residence with Performance Today at NPR, sharing some of his favorite works for cello and his philosophies on music and life. In February 2019, he was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month. Read More
Evan attended Aspen Music Festival on a fellowship for four summers, where he studied with Juilliard professor Darrett Adkins and played co-principal in the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra, the Aspen Philharmonic as an Orchestral Leadership Fellow, and as a fellow in the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Other summers were spent playing chamber music at the Taos School of Music, as resident cellist at the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar, where he served as principal cellist.
Evan received a Master’s in Chamber Music at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Jennifer Culp. He graduated with college and university honors from Carnegie Mellon University, studying with David Premo. Before college, he took lessons with LA Opera principal cellist John Walz and Lyris Quartet cellist Timothy Loo. Other important mentors include Paul Hersh, Thomas Loewenheim, Amos Yang, Mark Kosower, Robert DeMaine, and Bonnie Hampton.
In addition to performing and teaching, Evan enjoys playing board games and watching British television. He plays on a cello by Italian luthier Carlo Carletti, c. 1900, and a bow made for cellist Lynn Harrell by archetier Paul Martin Siefried.
Dave Anderson, Principal Bass
HOMETOWN: New Orleans, LA
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/BACKGROUND: Principal Bass at Louisiana Philharmonic since 1996. Performed extensively with many diverse ensembles including the Aspen Festival, Chautauqua (NY) Festival, Colorado Philharmonic (NRO), Colorado Music Festival, the LaSalle Quartet, and as a soloist with Richard Stoltzman, Gene Bertoncini, Nigel Kennedy, Bobby McFerrin, and many others. Has served as Bass Instructor for the Music School at Loyola University and also on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists (ISB) as bassist/composer.
In 1984, he began his pursuits in composition, recognizing that the solo repertoire for his instrument was limited. Since then, his published work has expanded to other solo instruments, as well as for chamber orchestras and small ensembles. He has published many works and received acclaim for his compositions. In 1995, he won first prize in the Allen Ostrander International Trombone Composition Competition, sponsored by Ithaca college. Other works include his Concerto for Double Bass, Strings & Harp, commissioned by Philadelphia Orchestra and performed on the 1997-98 subscription series of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
YEARS AT BRITT: Since 1994
FAVORITE BRITT MEMORY: The commission and performance of Celebration, a tone poem for large orchestra, for the 50th Britt season in 2012.
Photo provided by Zack Smith Photography.
2022 BFO Strings
Iggy Jang, Concertmaster
Eric Lee, Asst. CM*
Zachary Ragent, Acting Asst. CM
Leah Goor Burtnett*
Nicki Payne*+, Principal
Alexandra Preucil, Acting Principal
Jennise Hwang, Assistant Principal
Emily Herdeman Kelly
Amelia Clingman, Principal
E. Patrick Horn*
Naomi Barron*, Principal
Evan Kahn, Acting Principal
Meredith McCook*, Assistant Principal
Bridget Pasker, Acting Assistant Principal
Dave Anderson+, Principal
Jim Karrer, Assistant Principal
+ Britt Orchestra member for 20 or more years
* On Leave 2022