St. Andrew's-Sewanee School is pleased to announce that David Prehn and Rebecca Van de Ven will join the school's teaching faculty in August.
David Prehn will teach English and history. He comes to SAS from City Kids Wilderness Project where he was High School Program Coordinator in Washington, D.C., and High School Intern Coordinator in Jackson, Wyoming. David is a graduate of the University of the South and Saint James School, an Episcopal boarding school in Maryland. David majored in history and English at Sewanee and graduated magna cum laude with honors in history. He received the Clarence Day Community Service Award at the university and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta (the national history honor society), the Order of the Gownsmen (the university's academic honor society), and the Honor Council. As a Bonner Leader, David designed, developed, and led a youth empowerment program for students in area high schools and a program to help students at Franklin County High School with the college application process. He led caving and hiking trips as trip leader and pre-orientation leader for Sewanee and is certified in crisis intervention and wilderness advanced first aid.
Rebecca Van de Ven, a concert oboist, will teach music, direct the school's musical ensembles, and provide music for the Chapel program. Rebecca will also teach oboe and coach chamber music at MTSU. Rebecca has taught private oboe and clarinet lessons at the University of the South as well as piano, oboe, saxophone, and clarinet lessons in her private studio. She performs with the Nashville Symphony and has performed with chamber ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Grand Rapids Symphony. She can be heard on many recordings including Season 3 of the hit TV series Fargo and video games such as Minecraft and Star Wars Battlefront. Rebecca was Chamber Music Coordinator and Coach at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival for four years, organizing chamber groups for 50 woodwind students and coaching three chamber groups. She was formerly on the faculty of Albion College where, in addition to private lessons and ensemble coaching, she taught a seminar on Music in the Movies. Rebecca holds an M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin. She also attended the Music Academy of the West and Pierre Monteux School for Conductors. Rebecca studied under Eugene Izotov, principal oboe for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, William Banovetz, principal oboe of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and Marc Fink, principal oboe of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
David and Rebecca will join Derek Perkins, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, as the newest members of the SAS faculty.