Dr. Kathryn Brunhaver
Kathryn Brunhaver recently completed a doctorate in cello performance and music theory at the University of Oregon in the studio of Steven Pologe. As the recipient of the Eugene Symphony Graduate Teaching Fellowship, she was both a cello section member of the Eugene Symphony from 2013-2017 and a cello and chamber music instructor at the U of O Community Music Institute, where she still continues to teach. Kathryn previously earned her bachelor’s degree in cello performance from the Peabody Institute, where she was the recipient of the Ruth Blaustein Roseburg Orchestral Scholarship and the prestigious Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award.
She completed her master’s degree in cello performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her active performing career in Eugene includes guest appearances with Chamber Music Amici, the Amore Concert Series, Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium, and Principal Cello with Orchestra NEXT. She is also a member of the Salem Symphony cello section and two local bands–Halie and the Moon and Satorie Bob. Kathryn plays a 1972 Joseph Puskas cello, generously on loan from the Carlsen Cello Foundation.
Jenna Nelson began playing violin with a Youth Orchestra and Symphony program in Bremerton, Washington when she was eight years old. She moved to Douglas County when she was 15, and quickly became integrated with the Douglas County Youth Orchestra and Roseburg Chamber Orchestra. Besides performing, she also assisted with teaching and coaching duties within DCYO.
Jenna graduated in 2011 from Umpqua Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in music, and won the Douglas County Young Soloist competition that same year. She has received further training from University of Oregon in Suzuki Pedagogy, and other training workshops. She has been teaching string instruments for nine years, and performs with the Roseburg Chamber Orchestra and at other venues in the area.
Taylor Siling is a Roseburg native. She was one of the earliest violin students in DCYO and was the longest continuous participant when she left. During her last year with the orchestra, she was concertmaster. Taylor participated in the choir and band programs at Roseburg High School, and she has performed in eight summer musicals at UCC and with Roseburg’s Chamber Orchestra. After graduating from Roseburg High, she enrolled at UCC and was part of the Umpqua Singers, touring to Ukraine, Hungary and Brazil. Taylor then transferred to Oregon State University.
She graduated this spring with a BA in music with a focus in vocal performance and choral music education. While at OSU, Taylor participated in the OSU Chamber Orchestra, campus band, opera workshop, chamber choir, and musical theater. She conducted the University Chorale and Chamber Orchestra and traveled to Hawaii, China and Canada with the chamber choir. She now teaches private violin and voice lessons and plans to pursue a master’s degree.