Filbert Hong
Senior Faculty Specialist, Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH)
Other Affiliations: SPH
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2234V

Filbert had left the world of scientific research but has since come back. For more than ten years he was Director of Artistic Operations for the National Philharmonic (based at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD), a $2 million-budget symphony orchestra and chorus. He was orchestra personnel manager, production manager, chorale manager, stage manager, guest artist manager, education coordinator, and music performance librarian. He has also done orchestra personnel and production work with the Takoma Ensemble (based in Takoma Park, MD) and the Concert Artists of Baltimore.

Filbert earned his A.B. in Chemistry and Physics at Harvard College, and his Ph.D. in the Harvard University Biophysics program, studying agonist and antagonist interactions with the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor ion channel, using electrophysiology methods (on whole cells and on detached patches), in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. While he was a graduate student he was Resident Tutor for Music and Biophysics at Lowell House at Harvard College, and managed many of Harvard's student orchestras. For four years he was executive producer for the Lowell House Opera, New England's oldest continually running opera company. He is a violinist and violist, and is learning choral singing with Dr. Ted Guerrant (UMD School of Music).

Filbert will be assisting with coordination of the Prometheus and CATCH the Virus projects, and will be developing curricula associated with the Project for the College Park Scholars Program.