Emory University Music Student of the Month: Anna Bing

Student of the Month, Anna Bing

Anna Bing is a Junior pursuing a double major in Music, with a focus on cello performance, and in Latin American Studies, where she concentrates on literature. Born in Atlanta, she took up the cello at the age of four, studying first with Nan Kemberling and later with Daniel Laufer. Anna comes from a family of cellists – both her grandmother and aunt were professionals, while her other grandmother played the cello as a serious hobby. Anna also plays the trombone, which she took up in the third grade. Since starting at Emory, Anna has been studying cello with Karen Freer and trombone with Ed Nicholson.

She is principle cellist in Emory’s Symphony Orchestra and second trombone in the Emory Wind Ensemble. She is in chamber ensembles for both instruments. Throughout Middle School and High School, Anna was a member of various youth orchestras across the city, notably the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra from the eighth grade until she graduated High School. She was selected to participate in the Georgia All State Orchestra on both the cello and trombone for six consecutive years, alternating years for each instrument. In the summer of 2011, Anna was selected to attend the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program for the cello, and attended Interlochen Arts Camp in the summer of 2013. Anna has always been especially passionate about chamber music, particularly works by Romantic composers such as Brahms and Schumann. Thus, she thinks having the opportunity to play Brahms’ String Quintet, Opus 111 this semester with her quintet is very exciting. In her free time, Anna collects old jazz, soul, Brazilian, and house records and plays them for her cats.