Rena Ishii joined the orchestra in 2011. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Won-Bin Yim. She continued her studies with William Preucil at Cleveland Institute of Music and received a professional studies certificate. In the Cleveland area, she became active as an orchestra player and was a member of Canton Symphony, Akron Symphony and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Ishii has spent summers at Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto USA, and Tanglewood Music Center. Ishii has a passion for teaching as well. She has been actively teaching privately and at schools. In her free time, she enjoys jogging, cooking, and reading.