In 2018, Dr. Thomas Hong assumed the position of conductor of the Cairn Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Hong is an alumnus of Cairn who graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) and a Bachelor of Science in Bible. He later pursued a Master of Choral Conducting at Temple University, received an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from The Curtis Institute of Music, and concluded his training at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Dr. Hong brings a wealth of international experience to the ensemble, having conducted numerous Symphony Orchestras and Philharmonics throughout the United States and around the world. He won titled positions with the Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras as well as the Orchestre National de France. The Utah, Fort Worth, Richmond, Winnipeg, and Spokane Symphony Orchestras as well as the Seoul, Buffalo, and Lutoslawski Philharmonics have all welcomed him as a guest conductor.
More recently, Dr. Hong was named the music director of the Penn Symphony Orchestra at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Rachel Ku of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and their daughter, Esther. You can learn more about Dr. Hong here.