Four international students from the Nwe Mozart Studio in South Korea spent two weeks at an intensive Western music camp; attending recitals, participating in master classes and sharpening their language skills with intensive English classes.
Three pianists, a female vocalist and their instructor Ok Sok Choi participated in Westerns musical workshop.
The concert kicked off at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb 6, in the Kemper Recital Hall, with twelve-year-old Jeongwoo Byeon playing Sinfonia No. 15 in B flat by Bach and Sonata No. 8 in A by Mozart; Byeon was followed by pianist Haejeong Kwon playing Sonata in C by L.v Beethoven and Etude in C# by Chopin. Vocal soloist Ye sol Shin then performed Quando M’en Vo by Puccini and the German love song, Rastlose Liebe by Schubert. The concert concluded with Dae Han Lee’s performance of Sonata Ot. 57 by Beethoven and Etude No. 9 by Rachmaninoff.
Interim Assistant Dean Melody Smith was excited to help bring the musicians to campus and to be a part of the students’ experience at Western.
“They arrived on the 24th [of January] and began classes on the 25th. They have studied English for three hours in the morning, and had private lessons in the afternoons; rehearsals in the evening, and even went bowling with the international group. They have worked very, very hard,” Smith said.
Although the 2016 music camp was established through the professional relationship between Ok Sok Choi, Director of the Mozart Studio for performing arts in South Korea, and Western professor of keyboard studies Matthew Edwards; Edwards has declined to comment on the impact of the international students’ visit.
Western has had two previous international camps, in both 2009 and 2013 with the program expected to continue in the 2016-2017 academic year.