Violinist Jessica Hung has served as Concertmaster of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. Previously, Jessica held the same title with the Annapolis, Ashland, Chicago Civic, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestras, as well as the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as Principal Second Violin of the Blossom Festival Orchestra in Cleveland, as Guest Concertmaster with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Florida, and as a substitute violinist with the major orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Milwaukee.
Jessica gave her solo concerto debut at age twelve with the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra. She has since appeared as a soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic; the University of Dayton, Wright State University, University of Chicago Chamber, and Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestras; and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia. For five consecutive seasons as a young artist, Jessica was honored by the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra in Illinois with the unique title of Resident Soloist, appearing annually on subscription programs.
As an instructor, Jessica has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Dayton and mentored students in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Jessica has also adjudicated for competitions of the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Chamber Music Yellow Springs.
Jessica’s appointments in Dayton came on the heels of intensive training with William Preucil and Stephen Rose of The Cleveland Orchestra. In 2007, she received a Bachelor of Music with Academic Honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She began her undergraduate education at Northwestern University, where she studied with Gerardo Ribeiro.
Jessica’s pre-professional training included festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestral Academy in Germany, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Tanglewood Music Center. She has won prizes at the Northwestern University Thaviu String Competition, Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Scholarship Auditions, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Feinberg Youth Auditions. She also studied viola with Helen Callus of the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taken first place at the Chicago Viola Society Solo Competition.
Born in Kankakee, Illinois, to Taiwanese parents, Jessica grew up in the Chicago area and currently resides in Dayton with her husband John and their three cats, Nikki, Aeneas, and Jangles.