Day 5 – Seoul Arts Center, IBK Chamber Hall

Today, March 21, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music culminated their 2015 South Korean Tour with a performance at the magnificent Seoul Arts Center, IBK Chamber Hall. In the 600-seat Chamber Hall, the ensemble was grateful to perform for a packed house, which included President Michael A. McRobbie, IU Jacobs School alumnus David H. Jacobs, as well as more than 170 Indiana University alumni.

Of the concert, Jacobs said, “An extraordinary performance, magical in its interpretation with a sustained luminousness throughout. How inspiring it is to watch these young artists grow, right before our eyes … truly an experience that they, nor I for that matter, will ever forget.”

IU Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards added, “These young people made us so proud tonight. They traveled together, made music and new memories together, and all the while served as great ambassadors of Indiana University. So rich and filled with promise is this moment – a moment that together they defined.”

I think that each one of us has some sort of “take away” from this tour. The students had a remarkable touring experience, and members of the IU Jacobs School of Music administration visited the other side of the world – through the eyes of these remarkable students. We heard about their individual interests (outside of music, of course!), watched new relationships develop, told jokes, enforced curfews, and challenged one another to be better than we were the day before. But the real joy was watching these students become members of the profession – right before our eyes. If the future of this profession resides in their hands, I promise you – it looks bright.

Our sincere thanks to all those who have made this tour possible. Your advocacy and vision made this dream a reality. Thank you. Melissa Dickson, Director of Development

Below are a few pictures from our last day in the city of Seoul, South Korea:

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On our way to the Seoul Arts Center, IBK Chamber Hall!

 

Kyunghoon Kim (piano) points out to Hyeok Kwon (cello) where the group will be performing this evening

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Sara Page (cello), Queenie Edwards (violin), Ines Molares (viola), and Erica Hudson (violin) pose for a quick pick before rehearsal

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Programs

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A few words about the performers and the performance

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The women of the IU Jacobs School of Music 2015 South Korean Tour – look at those smiles!

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Kyle Sanborn (double bass) gets serious about pre-concert rehearsal

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Dakota Smith (timpani) and Steven Munson (horn) – get less serious about pre-concert rehearsal

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Tour pic!

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IU alumnus David H. Jacobs greets the students after the concert

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Dean Gwyn Richards, David H. Jacobs, and Executive Associate Dean Eugene O’Brien pose for a picture in front of Chamber Hall. Check out that banner!

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Nathan Bomans (violin), Vivian Tong (cello), Erica Hudson (violin) Ines Molares (viola), Aaron Smith (viola), Sara Page (cello), and Claire Solomon (cello) put their feet up after the concert and reception. Greeting adoring fans is tiring!

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Andrew Miller (double bass), Joseph Miller (clarinet), Lindy Tsai (cello), Sara Page (cello), Claire Solomon (cello), and Kyle Snborn (double bass) pose for a pic at the post-concert reception

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Performance at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea

Today, Friday, March 20, marked the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra’s performance at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea. The group received a warm welcome from a very grateful audience.

The ensemble had time to explore more of Seoul during morning and then headed to the military base to get prepared for the evening’s concert. Below, please find images from another memorable day.

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Day 3 – Touring Seoul with some IU Jacobs School of Music Alumni!

Today, March 19, the IU Jacobs School of Music Orchestra had a private tour, hosted by the IU Jacobs School of Music South Korean Alumni. The tour was led by IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus and president of the Jacobs School of Music Korean Chapter President, Jaeun Koo (B.M., ’85, M.M., ’87, Artist Diploma, ’88 – Piano). It was an amazing opportunity for students and alumni alike. Both new friends and new memories were made. The day began with our group opening the local newspaper to this:

What a welcome!

What a welcome!

 

… and it just got better from there – if you can believe it! The weather was perfect for a tour of this amazing city. We first visited the SoBukchon Hanok Village, then we toured the Kyungbok Palace, had lunch with our alumni friends at Han-il-kwan, and had a chance to partake in a little shopping at Insa-dong. Then, the ensemble visited the National Museum of Korea and finished the day with yet another amazing dinner at San-chae-jib. The South Korean IU Jacobs School of Music Alumni were so warm and welcoming. They planned an absolutely amazing day for our group. Here are a few photos from the day:

 

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Out heartfelt thanks to Jaeun Koo for leading our group – and for being such a fantastic guide, supporter, and friend of our students! – Melissa Dickson, Director of Development

 

Day 2 – A Visit to Seoul National University

Today, March 18, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra had time to explore some of Seoul on their own as well as visit Seoul National University. The ensemble delivered an amazing concert and even offered an encore, which featured a traditional Korean folk song that was graciously and beautifully arranged by IU Jacobs School of Music Alumnus, Ari Fisher. Ari Barack Fisher is 23, and a first year Masters degree student in composition. He received his BM at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, also in composition.  Ari has studied with Iu Jacobs School of Music professors Don Freund, Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandstrom, and he is currently studying with Aaron Travers. To be sure, it was a magical moment and a moving performance that received a standing ovation.

Below are some images from yet another incredible day:

Seoul National University Performance

Seoul National University Performance

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Well wishes from IU Alumnus David Jacobs and President Michael A. McRobbie

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Claire Solomon (cello) shows Hyeok Kwon (cello) that she is a dumpling-eating pro! Thank you to IU Alumnus William Joo for hosting us for an amazing dinner!

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Xiao Ti Guo (viola) shares a snapshot of our delicious dinner – thank you again, IU Alumnus William Joo!

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clockwise from top: Andrew Cheshire (violin), Nathan Bowmans (violin), Vivian Tong (oboe), Rose Brown (violin), and Ella Loman (violin) pose for a quick picture. Look at those smiles!

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Michael Casto (clarinet) pauses to reflect on this very auspicious moment!

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Front to back: Xiao Ti Guo (viola), Yarim Lee (violin), Claire Solomon (cello), and Sara Page (cello) pose outside of Seoul National University

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Enjoy some lunch with Sara Page (cello), Claire Solomon (cello), Queenie Edwards (violin), and Lindy Tsai (cello)

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Hey Ella Loman (violin), Andrew Cheshire (violin), Nathan Bomans (violin), Vivian Tong (oboe), and Rose Brown (violin) – Please watch your step!

 

 

 

 

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Left to richt: Queenia Edwards (violin), Xiao Ti Guo (viola), and Yarim Lee (violin) stay dry before the concert

 

Day 1 – Sookmyung University

Today, March 17, 2015, marked the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra’s first day in Seoul, South Korea. The ensemble visited Sookmyung Women’s University where they and members of the Sookmyung Armonia Program gave back-to-back performances for one another. Both orchestras gave wonderful performances, and it was a day to remember for many reasons. Please see images from the day, captured by Jacobs School of Music students, below:

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music & Sookmyung Women's University Concert

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music & Sookmyung Women’s University Concert

IU Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra takes the stage

IU Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra takes the stage

IU Jacobs School of Music Students have dinner with Sookmyung University Students, following the concert

IU Jacobs School of Music Students have dinner with Sookmyung University Students, following the concert 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from the day…..

Ella Loman (violin) shares an image from her morning of exploring Seoul!

Ella Loman (violin) shares an image from her morning of exploring Seoul!

Claire Solomon (cello) and Queenie Edwards (violin) pose for a quick snapshot on the streets of Seoul!

Claire Solomon (cello) and Queenie Edwards (violin) pose for a quick snapshot on the streets of Seoul!

Hyeok Kwon (cello) takes a much needed coffee break at the "Hello Kitty Cafe"

Hyeok Kwon (cello) takes a much needed coffee break at the “Hello Kitty Cafe”

Watch out for funnyman Andrew Keller (double bass)!

Watch out for funnyman Andrew Keller (double bass)! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is an experience of a lifetime, and the IU Jacobs School of Music students are making the most of it. Stay tuned – we will have more exciting adventures and music to share, soon! — Melissa Dickson, Director of Development

Bon Voyage! An afternoon of music with our friends…

Before we leave, this weekend, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra shared the concert they will be giving in Seoul, South Korea with an audience of friends in the lobby of the Musical Arts Center. It was a great afternoon, and we truly appreciate the well wishes given to us by the Indiana University Community. – Melissa Dickson, Director of Development

IU Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra gives "Bon Voyage" Performance in Musical Arts Center Lobby on 3/13/15

IU Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra gives “Bon Voyage” Performance in Musical Arts Center Lobby on 3/13/15

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Here We Go!

We are days away from departure! The students are busy rehearsing and preparing their repertoire for the 2015 Indiana University Jacobs School of Music South Korea Tour. They are bursting with enthusiasm over this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The Chamber Orchestra will give a concert in Bloomington on Friday, March 13 at 4pm in the Musical Arts Center Lobby. This concert will give friends, faculty, and members of the IU community an opportunity to hear the ensemble before they leave. Please join us in wishing these Jacobs School students “Bon Voyage!” — Melissa Dickson, Director of Development

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IU Jacobs School of Music Student Rehearsal

Members of the IU Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra rehearse for the 2015 South Korea Tour