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Principal Musicians

Daniel Sender, Concertmaster
The Mary Dean Scott Chair

David Sariti, Violin
The Robert D. Cross Memorial Chair

Ayn Balija, Viola
The Elizabeth W. Gatewood Chair

Adam Carter, Cello
The Genevieve B. Horween &
Marion H. Chase Chair


Peter Spaar, Bass
The Robert & Ruth Cross Chair


Anastasia Jellison, Harp
The Jefferson Trust Chair


I-Jen Fang, Timpani & Percussion
The James E. & Yolonda T.
Roberts Chair


John Mayhood, Keyboards




 
Kelly Sulick, Flute
The Thomas C. & Margaret M.
MacAvoy Chair


Aaron Hill, Oboe
The Jason I. & Ellen U. Eckford Chair

Clarinet
The Henry Jacob Javor Chair

Elizabeth Roberts, Bassoon
The Ann Saunders Roberts Chair

Katy Ambrose, Horn
The Johanna & Derwood Chase
and Chase Investment Counsel
Corporation Chair


Christopher Buchanan, Trumpet
The Dr. & Mrs. Kennerly H.
Digges Chair


Nathanial Lee, Trombone
The Rawson-Jones Chair


Seth Cook, Tuba


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Fourteen of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia's fifteen principal musicians are members of the Performance Faculty in the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia.



 


Daniel Sender, Concertmaster
The Mary Dean Scott Chair
dls8kb@virginia.edu

Daniel Sender enjoys a diverse musical career and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and China.  A frequent guest principal artist with chamber and symphony orchestras throughout the region, Dr. Sender currently serves as concertmaster of the Charlottesville Symphony, Ash Lawn Opera and co-concertmaster of the Virginia Sinfonietta.

Dr. Sender was a Fulbright Scholar in Budapest and attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music as a student of Vilmos Szabadi.  He was formerly the first violinist of the Adelphi String Quartet, which held a fellowship residency at the University of Maryland, and was for four years the violinist of the Annapolis Chamber Players.  Dr. Sender has recorded for the Centaur, Sono Luminus and various independent labels.

Named a Presser Scholar by the Theodore Presser Foundation, Mr. Sender has received numerous grants and awards that funded research and performances throughout Europe. He is on the performance faculty of the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music and also holds a faculty position at Interlochen’s Adult Chamber Music Camp.

As a chamber musician, Dr. Sender has had the pleasure of performing with members of the Audubon Quartet, Axelrod and Left Bank quartets and spent two years working intensively under the mentorship of the Guarneri Quartet. Chamber concerts have taken him to venues around the world including the Kennedy Center, Hungarian Embassy, Bartók Hall of the Erdödy Palace (Budapest), Smithsonian Museum of American History, Universität der Kunste (Berlin) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal).

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Sender attended Ithaca College, the University of Maryland, the Liszt Academy (Budapest) and the Institute for European Studies (Vienna).  His primary teachers include Vilmos Szabadi, Arnold Steinhardt, David Salness, René Staar, and Gerald Fischbach.








David Sariti, Violin
The Robert D. Cross Memorial Chair

djs6k@virginia.edu

Violinist David Sariti maintains a career of uncommonly diverse musical accomplishments, with a repertoire spanning from the seventeenth century to the present day. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared in recent months as guest artist at universities throughout the East and Midwest. He joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 2005, where he maintains a studio of violin students, coaches chamber music and directs the Baroque Orchestra and the Palladian Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless student ensemble. He performs at UVa in the Rivanna Quartet and other faculty chamber collaborations, and as Principal Second Violinist of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.

He was commissioned by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to premiere an award-wining work by composer Anna Weesner. Also accomplished on the Baroque violin, he performs frequently with the Washington Bach Consort and in collaboration with harpsichordist Bradley Lehman. He has edited a violin sonata from 1657 by Heinrich Lizkau for its first-ever publication by Prima la musica!. His interest in early music has lead to research and a series of programs for Monticello on music from the collection of Thomas Jefferson, culminating in the recently-released CD Music from the Jefferson Collection.

Dr. Sariti has taught violin and music history at the Hartt School, and is an author dedicated to the advancement of string pedagogy. His articles have been regularly featured in American String Teacher, California Music Teacher, and American Music Teacher. He completed his doctorate at the Hartt School (University of Hartford) in the Honors Chamber Music program, writing on "The Austro-German Violin Sonata, c. 1650". He also holds degrees from the University of Akron and Ithaca College. Studies were with Katie Lansdale, Pamela Gearhart, Pamela Frank and members of the Cleveland and Miami Quartets. He performs on a violin by the noted Boston maker Andrew Ryan, from 1997.






Ayn Balija, Viola
The Elizabeth W. Gatewood Chair

atb3y@virginia.edu

Violist Ayn Balija leads a musically rich life performing and teaching throughout the country.

Ms. Balija is the Lecturer of Viola of the University of Virginia. She provides individualized instruction to her students, cultivates community engagement by inviting special guests, organizes cultivation and networking events for violists of all ages and maintains a rigorous performing schedule.

Blending her love of orchestral repertoire with student mentorship, Ms. Balija serves as the Principal Viola of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.  For 12 years, she performed with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, a chamber orchestra in Ohio known for its performances of commissioned new works and promotion of rising stars.  As a member of the group she recorded many new works on the Summit Label.  She is often asked to sub with the Richmond Symphony, Williamsburg Symphonia and other regional orchestras.  In 2005, she was invited to play with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on its East Coast Tour.

At U.Va Ayn is the violist of the Rivanna String Quartet, performing and coaching student groups each semester.  Summers also bring opportunities  to perform solo and chamber music repertoire. She has been invited to the Yachats Summer Music Festival in Oregon and is a guest faculty member at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in Murfreesboro.

To Ayn Balija, every educational opportunity is a chance to further the development of a well-rounded person. Her philosophy centers on guiding students to engage in music with inquisitiveness and awareness.  Last year, she and her students collaborated with the Kluge-Rhue Aboriginal Art Museum at the University of Virginia and TEDx to showcase the unique combination of the ancient didgeridoo and the modern string quartet.  She promotes the knowledge and study of the viola through events such as VIOLAPALOOZA, cultivates commonwealth viola collaborations as the President of the Virginia Viola Society and has been a presenter at the American String Teachers Association National Conference.   Ms. Balija continues her teaching outside the U.Va through the private instruction of middle and high school students and outreach performances at county schools in a five-county region.   She is also regularly invited to teach and give masterclasses at festivals and schools around the country.

Ayn Balija holds a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Masters of Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts from James Madison University. Her principal mentors have been Peter Slowik, Jeffrey Irvine, Amadi Azikiwe and Karen Tuttle.





 


Adam Carter, Cello
The Genevieve B. Horween & Marion H. Chase Chair

adamcartercello@gmail.com

Cellist Adam Carter maintains an active career as a recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher.  Recent engagements include recitals and chamber music performances at UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, the University of Virginia, Randolph College, Bridgewater College and Hampden-Sydney College. Dr. Carter is currently the principal cellist of the Charlottesville Symphony and has performed with the Richmond Symphony, Madison Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Erie Philharmonic and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

A top prizewinner at the 1998 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Dr. Carter continues to enjoy a rich and diverse career playing chamber music.  He currently performs with the Rivanna String Quartet, Artemis Duo and the Virginia Sinfonietta.  A founding member of the Tarab Cello Ensemble, Dr. Carter traveled the country playing new works for cello octet. The ensemble’s accolades include grants from the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music for its accomplishments in the performance and creation of contemporary American music, the Foreman Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts and the Fromm Foundation. The Ensemble has recorded on Bridge Records and Albany Records.

As a teacher, Dr. Carter is on the faculty at the University of Virginia as Lecturer in Cello.  Prior to his appointment at U.Va, he was adjunct professor of cello and bass at Ripon College in Wisconsin.  Dr. Carter grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He received his Bachelors degree and Masters degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, and completed his Doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His principal teachers include Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliot, Robert Marsh and Uri Vardi.

Photo credit: Cramer Photo



 


Peter Spaar, Bass
The Robert & Ruth Cross Chair

ps4a@virginia.edu

Pete Spaar has served as principal bass of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia since 1989. He serves on the music performance faculty at the University of Virginia where he teaches classical and jazz bass and is a member of the Free Bridge Quintet. He has performed with the Fort Worth and Roanoke Symphonies and is currently a member of the Richmond Symphony. He has extensive freelance experience as both a jazz and classical bassist, including performances with Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Mose Allison and Emily Remler.

Mr. Spaar holds a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University and a Master of Music degree from University of North Texas. He has studied with Thomas Lederer, principal bassist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.






Kelly Sulick, Flute
The Thomas C. & Margaret M. MacAvoy Chair

kas6am@virginia.edu

Kelly Sulick currently teaches at the University of Virginia and serves as Principal Flute in the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.  Prior to her appointment, she served as Principal Flute with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and as Consortium Instructor of Flute at the University of Evansville for three years.  She earned her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California and recently completed three seasons as principal flute with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, California.  Prior to her graduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, where she graduated with highest honors and was named a James B. Angell Scholar for her academic achievements.

She has performed as Principal Flute with the USC Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, the University of MIchigan Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band, and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra.  She has appeared as a concerto soloist with several ensembles, including most recently the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Southern Ilinois Music Festival.

Equally at home on the concert and popular stages, Ms. Sulick has performed and recorded with several rock bands, including The New Fidelity, a Mod-Power Pop outfit from southern California; Superdot, a world music group based in Detroit; and Ann Arbor, Michigan singer-songwriter Timothy Monger.  A champion of new music, she has premiered several works and participated in the Minimalist Jukebox series, a music festival curated by John Adams.

Ms. Sulick won second place in the 2010 National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition, and was awarded the prize for the best performance of Kristin P. Kuster's "Perpetual Afternoon."  She has been a finalist or semi-finalist in numerous national competitions, including The Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition, the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, the Young Musicians Foundation National Debut Competition, and the Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition.  She has received the Leni Fe Bland Foundation Scholarship, the Mary Adams Balmot Memorial Scholarship, and the Thornton School of Music Dean's Scholarship.  Ms. Sulick has recorded several compact discs, including William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience under Leonard Slatkin, a Naxos release that received four Grammy awards including Best Classical Album.

Her principal teachers include Jim Walker and Amy Porter.



 


Aaron Hill, Oboe
The Jason I. & Ellen U. Eckford Chair

ash7e@virginia.edu

Aaron Hill serves on the music faculty at the University of Virginia.  He plays Principal Oboe in the Charlottesville Symphony and Wintergreen Festival Orchestras and English horn in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and is currently a visiting professor at the James Madison University School of Music where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.  Mr. Hill also holds Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale School of Music, where he received the Thomas Nyfenger Memorial Prize.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Honors from the University of Michigan, where he played principal oboe on William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience with Leonard Slatkin, a recording for Naxos that won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album.

From 2002 to 2008, Aaron Hill played Principal Oboe in the Flint Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as Principal Oboe with the Rochester Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Richmond Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony and International Contemporary Ensemble.  He was awarded the Grand Prize in the Mu Phi Epsilon Society for Musical Arts Competition and the Leche Trust Prize at the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition.  Hill travels across North America as an active recitalist and masterclass clinician, and has been a featured speaker at the TEDxSkidRow and Tom Tom Founders Festival conferences.  His oboe teachers include Richard Killmer, Stephen Taylor, Nancy Ambrose King and David Weiss.







Elizabeth Roberts, Bassoon
The Ann Saunders Roberts Chair

ear4x@virginia.edu

Elizabeth Roberts has served as the Principal Bassoon and Director of Youth Education for the Charlottesville Symphony since 2001.  She joined the faculty at the University of Virginia the same year.  Ms. Roberts joined the Williamsburg Symphonia as Second Bassoon during the 2014-2015 season She was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Missouri for the 2013-2014 academic year.  She freelances on bassoon and contrabassoon with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Washington National Opera, and Baltimore Symphony.  She was a 2008 Virginia Governor’s Award for the Arts nominee.  She has given world premiere performances of works by Arthur Weisberg, Bernard Rands, Barbara York, Gary Schocker, and Walter Ross.  Ms. Roberts has performed as a soloist with the Charlottesville Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, the Harid Conservatory Orchestra and the Waynesboro Orchestra, and was invited to perform as a soloist and chamber musician at the International Double Reed Society conference in 2010 (OK), 2013 (CA) and 2014 (NY).

Ms. Roberts has taught bassoon, reedmaking, and chamber music in the Charlottesville, VA area for more than a decade, and has performed and taught at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival (VA), Beyond the Notes (UVA), where she served as Artistic Director, Music Mind and Reading (NC), the Cascade Festival of Music (OR) and the Coastal Youth Symphony Camp (GA), where she served as Program Director. She currently serves as the Music Advisor for Crozet Arts. Ms. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois, a Professional Studies Diploma and a Bachelor of Music from the Harid Conservatory, and a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, where she was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda and USC Presidential Fellows, and received the Dean’s Special Commendation.  Her principal teachers were Arthur Weisberg, Stephen Maxym, and Frank Morelli, and she has pursued additional studies on bassoon with Nancy Goeres and on contrabassoon with Lew Lipnick and Holly Blake.
 





Katy Ambrose, Horn
The Johanna & Derwood Chase and Chase Investment Council Corporation Chair
katy.ambrose@gmail.com

Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “spectacular” and “graceful” musician, Katy Ambrose has made a name for herself as an educator and chamber and orchestral musician. She was appointed to the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia and Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony in the summer of 2015.  She also holds the position of fourth horn of the Delaware Symphony, second horn in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and fourth horn in the Philly Pops!. Ambrose earned an Artist Diploma from Yale University.  She received her Masters degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.  She was the recipient of the prestigious William D. Revelli Award at the University of Michigan and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fellowship at Yale. 

Ambrose is the horn player in Seraph Brass, a quintet of women committed to creating innovative and inspiring opportunities that will help establish a new generation of chamber music. As a soloist, she gave her international debut in 2012 at the Edinburgh Easter Festival performing the world premiere of Scott Boerma’s Isle of Skye. She has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hawaii Opera Theater, Chamber Music Honolulu, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Symphony, Vermont Symphony and the New Haven Symphony.  She is spending the summer of 2015 performing opera and chamber music in Austria.  Outside of the classical setting, Ambrose played for Cee Lo Green’s Grammy-winning album, The Lady Killers, and can be heard during the Super Bowl and Monday Night Football as a recording artist for NFL Studios.

Ambrose has previously served on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music Young Artists Summer Program and has taught at Yale University, Drexel University, Settlement Music School and the Interlochen Arts Camp.  Katy is especially interested in mentoring younger musicians and has taught for and developed programs and curriculum for several education programs including the Philadelphia Orchestra School Partnership Program, Delaware Symphony school program and the “El-Sistema” inspired programs Tune-Up, Philly and Play On, Philly!




 


Christopher Buchanan, Trumpet
The Dr. & Mrs. Kennerly H. Digges Chair

christopher.g.buchanan@gmail.com

Christopher Buchanan has been on the music faculty of the University of Virginia since 2014 and serves as Principal Trumpet of the Charlottesville Symphony. Equally at home playing music of the fifteenth century as he is on the orchestral stage, his performance has been praised as possessing “technical wizardry and compelling melodic storytelling” as well as “breathtaking virtuosity (International Trumpet Guild Journal, May 2012).” He has appeared with ensembles across the United States, including the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera and the Baltimore Baroque Band. Additionally, he is a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.

A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Christopher received Bachelor of Music degrees summa cum laude in both trumpet and composition from the University of Illinois in 2006, where he studied with the late Michael Ewald and Ronald Romm of the Canadian Brass. He continued his studies at Illinois and earned a Master of Music degree in 2007. He is currently A.B.D. toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet as well as a Master of Music degree in musicology from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he has studied with Joe Burgstaller and Edward Hoffman.

An active soloist, chamber musician and educator, Christopher has performed and given masterclasses throughout the nation, including the International Trumpet Guild Convention, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, University of Kentucky, James Madison University, Northern Illinois University and the National Music Festival. He is also a committed early musician, performing on natural trumpet, cornetto and recorder. As a composer and arranger, he has written for the U.S. Navy Band, U.S. Marine Band, U.S. Naval Academy Band, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Christopher’s scholarly work has dealt with such figures as Giovanni Gabrieli, Hildegard von Bingen, Heinrich Schütz and Orlando di Lasso. His dissertation, San Marco Across the Alps: Giovanni Gabrieli and the Foundation of the German Baroque, recounts the musical exchange between Germany and Northern Italy at the turn of the seventeenth century and is based in part on research conducted at the Archivio di Stato in Venice. Additionally, his historical edition of Gabrieli’s Sonata XVIII was published by Balquhidder Music. In 2012, he took part in an international effort to reconstruct the chansonniers of Nicholas Du Chemin, and he is currently involved in a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses natural language processing and linked data technology to explore relationships between musicians of the Renaissance. In his spare time, Chris enjoys running marathons and ultramarathons, as well as spending time with his wife, Katie, and his dogs, Satchmo and Penny.







Nathaniel Lee, Trombone
The Rawson-Jones Chair

NathanielLeeUVA@gmail.com

Nathaniel Lee is the Lecturer of Trombone and Principal Trombone of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.

Prior to his appointment at the U.Va, Nathaniel was pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Brass Pedagogy at the University of Iowa where he served as the trombone studio teaching assistant. During his studies there, he was awarded the 2013 Downbeat Magazine Award for Outstanding Graduate Soloist. Recently, he was an invited guest artist at James Madison University's trombone festival "Tromblowin' 2014."

In 2012, Nathaniel was selected by Lorin Maazel to perform in the Castleton Music Festival. As part of the Castleton Orchestra, he performed in the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman and in the Virginia and D.C. area. Nathaniel served as Principal Trombone for the Ash Lawn Opera Festival and has played with the Boston Philharmonic, Opera on the James, the Oratorio Society of Virginia and the Waynesboro Symphony.

Nathaniel earned his Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from The New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
He occupies the Charlottesville Symphony's Rawson-Jones Principal Trombone Chair endowed by Mr. and Mrs. John Rosenblum.






Seth Cook, Tuba
sethcook@gmail.com

Having already performed in over twenty countries, Seth Cook has quickly defined his skill and talent as a tubist. Growing up in a musical family just south of Boston, Seth began his musical development with piano lessons at age five, followed by tuba lessons with Jerry Shaw at the age of ten. At fourteen, he was invited to join the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. During high school, he studied with Atlantic Brass Quintet tubist John Manning and at Boston University and the Tanglewood Music Festival.

Receiving Bachelors degrees in Music Performance and Musicology at Northwestern University, Seth spent his undergraduate years working with Rex Martin, Gail Williams and other Northwestern brass faculty. In 2003, he was appointed principal tuba of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas with which he toured Central and South America. The following year, he was invited to join the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, as Principal Tuba. There, he worked and performed with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic, and performed under the batons of Valery Gergiev and Fabio Luisi.

In 2006, Seth received his Masters of Music from McGill University in Montreal, working closely with Dennis Miller, Principal Tubist of L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. During his time at McGill, he was a member of two quintets that each won the American Brass Quintet Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival.

Mr. Cook moved to Washington, D.C. in 2006, and quickly became a popular freelancer. He performs regularly at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, working with such ensembles as the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. In 2008, he was privileged to play for Pope Benedict XVI's Mass at National Stadium, and in 2009, was featured at the Kennedy Center in the revival production of Ragtime: The Musical which went on to Broadway.

An outgrowth of his passion for coffee, Seth helped plan and open a specialty coffee shop in Arlington, Virginia, which he also currently runs in his spare time.

Seth resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, pianist Sophia Kim Cook.






Anastasia Jellison, Harp
The Jefferson Trust Chair

aij2n@virginia.edu

Anastasia Jellison holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Alice Chalifoux, principal harp of the Cleveland Orchestra for 47 years. In 1999 she completed her Master of Music Degree in Harp Performance at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, under the instruction of Paula Page, principal harpist of the Houston Symphony.

Miss Jellison has extensive experience as an orchestral harpist. She has played with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera, the Knoxville Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Opera Roanoke, and with several other ensembles throughout Texas, Ohio, and Virginia. She has toured Europe with the North Carolina School of the Arts, attended the International Festival-Institute at Round Top in Round Top, TX, and has traveled to Japan with the Pacific Music Festival. She was a member of the Lancaster Music Festival in Ohio from 2000-2007 before joining the faculty of the Brevard Summer Institute and Festival in North Carolina in the summer of 2008. Miss Jellison has also played with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival for the past three summers and in 2008 was featured as a soloist performing the Ginastera Harp Concerto. She debuted with the Roanoke Symphony for the 50th Anniversary Concert in a performance of the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra. She was named principal harp of the RSO in 2005.

Anastasia worked as a full-time harp teacher for the Richmond Public School System from 2001-2003 and was Director of the Roanoke Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble from 2003-2007. She currently teaches at the University of Richmond, University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, and Washington and Lee University. She also instructs private students from Richmond, Roanoke, and Williamsburg.



 


I-Jen Fang, Timpani & Percussion
The James E. & Yolonda T. Roberts Chair

if4n@virginia.edu

I-Jen Fang was born in Taipei, Taiwan and began her musical education at age six taking piano. Taking up percussion at the age of nine, she came to the United States at age fifteen to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Percussion Performance at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Later, she received her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas where she served as a teaching fellow. Her principle teachers include Tim Adams, Michael Burritt, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Robert Schietroma, Ed Smith and Ed Soph.

As a percussionist, Ms. Fang has performed or recorded with artists such as Keiko Abe, William Cahn, Mark Ford, Mike Mainieri, Michael Spiro, Nanik Wenton and Nyoman Wenton. She was a guest marimba soloist with the Taiwan Youth Orchestra in Austria, France, Hungary, Romania, and South Africa. Also, she has performed as a soloist with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a pianist, she was a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition. In 2003, she was a featured performer with the Bain Percussion Group at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In that same year, she was selected as a marimba soloist to perform in the Marimba Mania Concert at the 6 èmes Journées de la Percussion in Paris, France. In 2004 she performed at PASIC as one of the finalists in the Solo Vibraphone Competition. In 2005 she was invited to perform on the Gamelan Gender Wayang at PASIC 2005.

Ms. Fang has performed with many ensembles, which include the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Youth Orchestra, North Texas Wind Symphony, UNT Indoor Drumline, Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble, UNT Steelband, South Indian, Gamelan, Afro-Cuban, contemporary and classical percussion ensembles, and is a member of a percussion quartet, the Bain Percussion Group. She has been involved with recording eleven CDs and a DVD with the North Texas Wind Symphony on the Klavier and GIA labels.