Member Since May 2018
Ashley Chung, 15, is currently a 10th grade student attending Sage Hill High School in Newport Beach. She started playing the cello when she was eight years old with Sarah Koo Freeman and is now studying with Sang Won Cho.
She was chosen to play in many selective orchestras, such as the Irvine Unified School District Honor Orchestra and performed at Segerstrom Hall and Disneyland multiple times with the ensemble. Ashley also played in the Pacific Symphony’s Santiago Strings as principal cellist which received a unanimous superior rating from the American Strings Teachers Association (ASTA). Also, she was the assistant principal cellist at the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Honor Group and was a part of the California Orchestra Director’s Association All-State Orchestra. Additionally, Ashley has been placed second place in the Pre-college division ASTA-LA solo competition this year and third place in Intermediate division ASTA-LA solo competition in 2017.
Outside of music, Ashley is a nationally top ranked competitive archer. Ashley has been shooting archery since when she was in third grade. She ranked top 5 in the California Archery Rankings, 10th place in the U.S. indoor national competition, 11th place in the Chula Vista national competition, and 15th place in the Arizona U.S. national competition in 2018.
Currently, Ashley serves as a principal cellist at her school’s orchestra while orchestrating her own Music Therapy club as a president. Together with her Music Therapy club, Ashley regularly visits Dementia and Alzheimer’s facilities in Garden Grove, using her musical talent to make this community a better place.
Member Since Fall 2016
Sixteen-year-old violinist Albert Gang is the recipient of numerous awards, including first prize in the Palisades Symphony Young Artist Competition and prizes in the ENKOR International Competition and the Classics Alive Young Artist Auditions. He also was a finalist in the Mondavi National Young Artists’ Competition. Albert has been featured as a soloist with the Pacific Symphony, Palisades Symphony and MUSE/IQUE, and as a chamber musician in the Music Academy of the West’s MERIT Program and the Young Musicians Foundation’s Chamber Music Series. In his summers, Albert has attended the Meadowmount School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. Currently, Albert studies with Margaret Batjer at the Colburn Music Academy.
Member Since April 2019; Assoc. R.D. Fall 2019
Hannah Kim, a sixteen-year-old violinist, is a sophomore at the Sage Hill High School in Newport Coast, CA, where she serves a co-chair of the grade. She started playing violin when she was five years old and currently studies with Linda Rose. She is a principal second violin at her school orchestra and a first violin member at PSYO. She appeared multiple times as a soloist with the Dream Orchestra, YMF's Debut Orchestra, Riverside Philharmonic, SYMF Orchestra and San Fernando Valley Symphony. She won many
1st place prizes from competitions including ASTA, MTAC, SYMF and Musical Arts Competition of Orange County. She was a merit scholarship recipient for five consecutive years (2012-2017) at the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) and the Colburn School. She was selected by the faculty of the Colburn School to perform at the School's Honors recitals in 2015 and 2016. She has been actively involved in chamber music for over seven years. As a chamber musician, she was named debut artist of the year by JCM multiple times and won Silver Medal in 2017 PCM Chamber Music Competition. She helps organize benefit concerts and performs as a soloist and a chamber musician to raise funds for the Smile Train, a nonprofit organization that provides corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palate. She has attended the Montecito International Music Festival and the Meadowmount School of Music in the past summers and this summer she is looking forward to participate in the Curtis Summerfest.
Member Since Fall 2018
Andrew Do, 16, is a junior at Northwood High School in Irvine, California, and started playing the cello at the age of 8. He currently studies with Sarah Koo Freeman. Andrew was invited to compete in the X International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Astana, Kazakhstan, and was a prizewinner of the ASTA solo competition numerous times. Most recently, he served as the principal cellist for the national Honors Orchestra of America. At the age of 11, Andrew made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York City as a prizewinner of the American Protégé Competition, and subsequently performed in Weill Recital Hall. Andrew has also participated in Chamber Music | OC’s Young Artist Program in chamber music trios, and has performed with numerous orchestras such as Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings and California All-State Orchestra. Andrew has played for acclaimed musicians such as Sergei Roldugin, Darrett Adkins, Gilda Barston, Alan Stepansky, Philip Setzer, and Robert deMaine in various masterclasses. Outside of the cello, Andrew enjoys debate and is a staff writer for his school’s newspaper. Andrew is set to join the "Back to BACH" Project in the fall of 2018.
Member Since Fall 2018
Grace Choi, 16, is a junior at Crean Lutheran High School and the concertmaster at her school orchestra. She has been playing the violin since the age of 9. She now studies with Min Jung Park and Yuki Mori at The Mori & Park Violin Studio. Grace has participated in various orchestras such as, 2015-2016 All-Southern Orchestra as the second violin principal, 2016-2017 Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, 2018 All-State Orchestra, and 2017-2018 Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has also entered 2017 SYMF and won third place for the Open Baroque category and 2018 SYMF and won first place for Open American Composer category. Grace is set to join the “BACK TO BACH” Project in Fall 2018.
Member Since Winter 2019-20