Dr. Susan Smith (Piano)
Featured on OPACO’s Symphonic Folk Stories concert, October 21, 2017
Featured on OPACO’s Rhapsody in Blue concert, December 12, 2015
Featured on OPACO’s Symphonic Series concert, March 7, 2015
A native of Portland, Oregon, pianist Susan DeWitt Smith has an active career as both a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and on subscription series with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Columbia Symphony, Palomar Symphony, and the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra. Highly regarded as a chamber musician, Dr. Smith has performed in chamber music festivals throughout the United States, New Zealand, and Asia, including Thailand and China. Currently an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Piano Program at Lewis & Clark college, she is also a member of Portland’s highly regarded new music ensemble, Third Angle. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she earned her MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Smith has recorded extensively on the KOCH International Classics label.
Hailey Kang (Cello)
Featured on OPACO’s Triumph of the Season concert, December 16, 2017
Hailey Kang is a sophomore at Tualatin High School. She started cello at the age of eight years old. She currently studies with Hyun-Jin Kim. She has been part of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony for seven years and is currently the principal of Symphony Orchestra, as well as MYS top chamber group, MYSfits. Hailey is also a principal of her school orchestra. In 2011, 2013, and 2016, she was a winner in the Oregon Cello Society competition. She also played in the 2017 All North-West Orchestra as well as winning numerous solo orchestral competitions such as 2017 Jewish Community Orchestra, 2017 Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, finalist in Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, and a finalist in Willamette Symphony Orchestra. Hailey also participated in a master class taught by Harriet Krijgh, playing the Elgar Cello Concerto 4th movement.
Along with cello, Hailey is involved in the school activities Key Club, Model United Nations, HOSA, and also is a member of Tualatin High’s varsity golf team. She spends much of her time at church and loves to work with kids.