Dr. Cecilia Kang
- D.M.A., University of Michigan
- M.M., University of Southern California
- B.M., University of Toronto
Clarinetist Cecilia Kang joined the music faculty at North Dakota State University Challey School of Music as Assistant Professor of Clarinet in 2012. She has also served as artist-faculty at Grumo Music Festival in Italy and at Luzerne Music Center in New York during the summers.
First Prize National Winner of the Canadian Music Competition and Second Prize Winner of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition, Dr. Kang has also received numerous esteemed honors and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, the Kingsway Foundation, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C.
An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Brave New Works Contemporary Ensemble and members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has also been invited to perform at international festivals such as Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), Grumo Music Festival (Italy), IMPULS Contemporary Music Festival (Austria), ONCE MORE Contemporary Music Festival (USA), Collingwood Music Festival (Canada), and Banff Centre (Canada). As an orchestral musician, she has toured across Canada with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2005 and 2006. Since her relocation to Fargo, she has performed with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, the Fargo-Moorhead Opera, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra in North Dakota and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada. In summer of 2014, she was invited to serve as Principal Clarinetist in Maestro Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Orchestra in Virginia.
In additions to her active schedule as a recitalist and a master class clinician, Dr. Kang has recently presented lectures and performances at International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest (2014) the College Music Society Conference (2014) as well as the Music Educators Association Conferences in North Dakota (2013), South Dakota (2013) and Minnesota (2014).
Dr. Kang’s upcoming engagements in 2015 include presenting recitals and master classes at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China and appearing as a soloist with Jeonju University Wind Ensemble in South Korea. This summer, Dr. Kang will be serving as faculty artist at Bay View Music Festival in Michigan.
Throughout her career, Dr. Kang’s mission is to promote classical music and to address contemporary social issues through innovative concert programing and interdisciplinary collaborations integrating music with multimedia technology, dance and visual arts genres.
Cecilia Kang earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. Her main teachers have included Daniel Gilbert, Yehuda Gilad, Joaquin Valdepenas, Joseph Orlowski, Avrahm Galper and Zeng-Ming Liao. She has also participated in master classes and private studies with many world renowned clarinetists including Martin Frost, Karl Leister, Walter Seyfarth, Alexander Bader, Herman Stefansson, Hans Christian Braein, Harri Maki, Eduard Brunner, Frank Cohen, Ted Oien, Mark Nuccio, Bob Crowley, Ricardo Morales and James Campbell among many others.
She is a member of the College Music Society, the International Clarinet Association, and the Music Teachers National Association. Dr. Kang is a Vandoren Artist. For more information, please visit www.kangcecilia.com.