KALENA BOVELL, Youth Symphony
Hailed as “one of the brightest stars in the world of classical music,” (Channel 3 News) Kalena Bovell was Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of New Haven for the 2018-2019 season. Under her direction, the Civic Orchestra expanded their visibility within the New Haven community, continuing their tradition of providing high quality and accessible music performances through innovative programming and community engagement. This past season Ms. Bovell also guest conducted the New Britain Symphony in their March “Dance for Joy” concert and returned to conduct two short operas by Dawn Sonntag for Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November.
Ms. Bovell worked with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in 2016, assisting former Music Director, Mei-Ann Chen for her final masterworks concert. Ms. Bovell has also assisted Gemma New, resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony and Carolyn Kuan, Music Director of the Hartford Symphony. As a conductor with dynamic presence and charisma, and praised for her “brilliant conducting skills,” (Chicago Tribune) Ms. Bovell was Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta, making her professional debut in 2017 during the MLK Tribute concert. That same year, Ms. Bovell was a finalist for Marin Alsop’s prestigious Taki Concordia Fellowship. Ms. Bovell has also held conducting fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, she won 3rd place in the American Prize for the college/university division.
An active participant in workshops and festivals, Ms. Bovell has worked with Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, Johannes Schlaefli, Diane Wittry, and Kenneth Kiesler. She received coaching’s from Michael Morgan, Rossen Milanov, Gerard Schwarz and Bill Eddins.
A dedicated educator, Ms. Bovell was the Orchestra Director at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT for four years. She received a Master of Music Degree and Graduate Professional Diploma in instrumental conducting from The Hartt School, where she was a student of Edward Cumming.
LONG LONG KANG, String Orchestra
Dr. Long Long Kang began his musical education at an early age in his native country of Taiwan, beginning piano studies at the age of four, and violin studies at the age of five. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan Normal University, where he majored in violin performance and music education, with a minor in piano performance. Dr. Kang also earned a Master’s degree from the Mannes School of Music in New York City, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Memphis, majored in violin performance, with a minor in viola performance.
Dr. Kang is currently a member of the first violin section of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. In the past, he has also been a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Rockefeller Quartet in Little Rock, AR, during the 2005~2006 season. In addition, he has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in Europe, Asia, and the United States, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Dr. Kang has won many awards and scholarships, including prizes at the Taipei City Violin Competition (Gold Medal) and Taiwan National Violin Competition, a Yamaha Academic Scholarship, a graduate assistantship at the University of Memphis, and was the winner of the concerto competition at the University of Memphis in 2007.
In addition to performing, Dr. Kang is a registered Suzuki instructor and has been actively teaching since 1996. He was a teaching assistant at the Mannes School of Music and a violin instructor at the University of Memphis, Harding University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Community School, and the Arkansas School for the Blind. In the summer of 2008, he taught violin and chamber music at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan. He also taught at the Shelby County Schools Fine Arts Camp, the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival in Little Rock, AR, and the Memphis Music Camp. Dr. Kang was an orchestra director in Shelby County Schools from 2008 to 2014. Currently, he is the Director of Orchestras for the Germantown Municipal School District.
CHELSEA SUBICK, Prelude Strings
Chelsea Subick grew up in Memphis and is an alumnus of Memphis City Schools. She earned her Bachelors in Music Education, magna cum laude, from the University of Memphis in May 2012. Ms. Subick has had the privilege of leading professional development sessions within Shelby County Schools and with the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association. She has coached chamber ensembles at the University of Memphis Summer Music Camp and the PRIZM International Music Festival. Ms. Subick has taught orchestra classes in Memphis City/Shelby County Schools for seven years and currently teaches at Cordova Middle School and Cordova High School. She lives in east Memphis with her husband, Joseph, and their pets, Bo and Clara.