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Phoebe Hong, a rising sophomore at Brown University, started playing clarinet in 6th grade, and was selected by audition to the top band at Hoover Middle School for her 7th grade year. In the fall of 2018, she became a student of Arianna Hammond, principal clarinet of US Navy Band, and with her guidance made the audition-only top band at Winston Churchill High School in 10th grade. Outside of the school band, she was selected to the All-County Junior Honors band in 9th grade and the All-County Senior Honors band in 10th-12th grades. She was also principal clarinet in the Young Artists of America Orchestra, the resident youth ensemble at Strathmore Hall, in the 2021 cycle. Most notably, in 2020, she received Honorable Mention in the City of Gaithersburg Young Artist Competition, and third place in the YMIC International Solo and Ensemble Festival, and in 2021 was invited by YMIC to perform at Carnegie Hall. In addition to clarinet, Phoebe has been a piano student of Dr. Jeongseon Choi since 3rd grade, who has also been her accompanist. Phoebe also composes music and has advanced in music composition competitions at the state level. In her freshman year at Brown University, she played clarinet in the Brown University Orchestra and plans to continue doing so for as long as possible. She plans to study Cognitive Science while serving on the Branch Christian Fellowship Leadership team and keeping up volleyball and weightlifting.
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