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OUR STORY

THE CHAMBER LIGHT PLAYERS started as a project of the Freya String Quartet and its parent organization, Symbiotic Collusion in 2009. While members of the Freya String Quartet, the Chamber Light Players was formed as the answer to the question, "Do you guys play for weddings?".

Since 2009, we have built up an extensive music catalogue with the best arrangements  across all genres, and gathered a team of chamber music specialists that have trained at the world's top conservatories to give Western Pennsylvania not just background music for events, but music and performances worthy of the concert stage.


THE TEAM

ASHLEY FREEBURN, VIOLINIST AND CO-FOUNDER

Ashley Freeburn studied violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music with David Updegraff and at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music with Cyrus Forough. Ashley has been featured in chamber concerts throughout the United States including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Severance Hall while a member of the Starling Foundation String Quartet, and in the Grand County Series as a member of the Parnassus String Quartet. Ashley has been coached by members of the world’s greatest chamber groups, including the Cleveland Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Alexander String Quartet and Cavani String Quartet. As a member of the Freya String Quartet, she has held residencies with the Charlotte New Music Festival and Opera Theater Summerfest, and has collaborated with a wide variety of artists spanning the genres from pop to classical. In addition, they have given numerous educational and outreach presentations in the greater Pittsburgh area in a wide variety of venues.

Ms. Freeburn has worked with organizations such as Global Volunteers and Cultures in Harmony to promote music as a means for cross-cultural dialogue. Projects with such organizations have had her work throughout the United States, Ireland, Ghana and Turkey. An active proponent of new music, Ashley has premiered and performed several new works by living composers, both in solo recital and as a chamber musician. Ms. Freeburn is a founding member of Pittsburgh’s Living Room Chamber Music Project, a group dedicated to performing concert music in comfortable, intimate spaces where chamber music has its roots, whose house concert series has become a local staple in the Pittsburgh classical music scene. Ashley has also performed live with such international artists as Barry Manilow, Belle and Sebastian, Clay Aiken, Josh Groban, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Currently, Ms. Freeburn is an active performer and teacher throughout Western Pennsylvania, and serves as violin faculty at the Center for Young Musicians.

JASON HOHN, VIOLIST AND CO-FOUNDER

Praised for his "exquisite tone" (CVNC: Classical Voice of North Carolina), Jason began his studies in Bismarck, ND. Mr. Hohn received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and German Studies from Minot State University as a student of Dr. Jon Rumney and pursued his Master of Music in Viola Performance  at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music under the tutelage of Toby Appel. As a member of the Dorothy J. Starling Foundation String Quartet, Jason has been featured in performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Steinway Hall, Severance Hall, and Tong Ji University in Shanghai.

Jason has studied chamber music with members of the Ying Quartet, Los Angeles Piano Quartet, and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano. As a recipient of numerous fellowships to some of the finest music institutions, he has studied at the Brevard Music Center, the National Orchestral Institute, the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Ohio Light Opera. He presented the world premiere performance of Armando Bayolo's ...Waiting to Sing... for viola and piano in June 2013.

As a member of the Freya String Quartet, he has held residencies with the Charlotte New Music Festival and Opera Theater Summerfest, and has collaborated with a wide variety of artists spanning the genres from pop to classical. In addition, they have given numerous educational and outreach presentations in the greater Pittsburgh area in a wide variety of venues. 

Having adopted Pittsburgh as his hometown, Jason maintains a viola and violin studio in McCandless and Fox Chapel and performs regularly with ensembles such as the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Opera Theater Summerfest, Resonance Works | Pittsburgh, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra. He is currently working towards his MBA at the University of Pittsburgh, and also serves as a Board Member of Resonance Works | Pittsburgh. In his spare time he enjoys running, gardening, and obsessing over his two miniature dachshunds. He plays a contemporary viola made by American luthier Kelvin Scott.