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BFO Principal Strings


Ignace Jang, Concertmaster

Ignace Jang, ConcertmasterHOMETOWN: 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.
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Nicki Payne, Principal Violin II

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BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: B.M., Eastman School of Music, M.M. Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. I play regularly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Orchestra of Indian Hill, and Lexington Symphony, among others, and have a private teaching studio with 35 students. I have performed with numerous orchestras including the Louisiana Philharmonic where I served as Principal Second Violin, the Kansas City Symphony, la Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, New World Symphony where I served as Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Second, Evansville Philharmonic, and the Owensboro Symphony where I was contracted as Principal Second, and then Concertmaster. I was fortunate to be a part of the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall, as well as the Spoleto Festival. Music has taken me to Spain, Germany, Israel, Brazil and Argentina, and has given me the privilege of playing in such renowned concert halls as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
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Amelia Clingman, Principal Viola

amelia clingman 19HOME 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.
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Naomi Barron, Principal Cello

naomi barronHOMETOWN: Toronto, ON
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Currently freelancing in Toronto and performing regularly with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company and chamber ensembles including Group of 27 and Against the Grain. Former co-principal cellist of Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife and member of Orquesta Palau Les Arts de Reina Sofia under the direction of Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta.
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: B.M. from Boston University, M.M. from Rice University. Participated as a Fellow in festivals such as Tanglewood, Taos Summer Chamber Music Program, Sarasota Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival.
CAREER INSPIRATION: I grew up in a musical household. There was music everywhere and learning to play an instrument was just a part of our education. I think it just became such a part of who I am that I couldn't imagine being anything else.
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Dave Anderson, Principal Bass

dave anderson 1HOMETOWN: 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.

2020 BFO Strings

Iggy Jang, Concertmaster
Eric Lee, Assistant Concertmaster
Debbie Akerlund+
Samantha Bennett
Anne-Marie Chubet+
Bruce Colson
Leah Goor Burtnett
Juan Jaramillo
Clara Lee
Jimin Lim
Louanne Lotz+
Dawn Posey
Alexandra Preucil
Caroline Slack
Bruce Sweetman*+
Emma Votapek

Nicki Payne, Principal+
Jennise Hwang, Assistant Principal
Michelle Black*
Michael Blaney
Cynthia Burton
Sophia Cho
Annie Daigle
Kei Fukuda
Barbara George+
Emily Herdeman Kelly*
Mark Lotz+
Sarah Peters
Maria Semess

Amelia Clingman, Principal
Rene Salazar, Assistant Principal
Karen Bea
Wendy Edgar+
Andrew Francois
Mary Harris+
Patrick Horn
Jenny Massey+
Jane Mitchell
Joseph Pagán+
Michele Parker+
Monica Reilly+

Naomi Barron, Principal
Meredith McCook, Assistant Principal
Ian Greenberg
Kirsten Jerme
Andy Kolb
Ruth Marshall
Ida Mercer+
Lisa Truelove+

Dave Anderson, Principal+
Jim Karrer, Assistant Principal
Robb Aistrup+
Mark Bergman+
Nate Farrington
Peggy Johnston+

+ Britt Orchestra member for 20 or more years

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