I was born in Kingston, NY but grew up in Durham, NC. I was raised in a very big family with 7 children, in a multicultural home- my father was American and my mother is Korean. I started cello at age 12 in the public school system, and later went on to study at the University of North Carolina- School of the Arts for high school.
What’s your first musical memory?
My father was a self-taught amateur musician. He was always banging away at the piano through the night with old honky-tonk tunes, classical oldies, and his favorite Allman Brothers songs. It would drive us all mad, especially my mother. He loved playing the accordion for any guests that were over at the house, and sometimes even brought out his recorder for very special guests. Before he'd start he would always ask "You ever heard this one?" My father had a friend from church named Benny, who loved to sing gospel and oldies tunes with my dad. Benny could tell you what year just about any oldies record was recorded, and he even sang pretty well too.
What else are you involved in outside of your work with SMB?
I work for two after school strings programs in Boston- Neighborhood Strings in Worcester, and musiConnects in Roslindale. Both programs provide access to high quality string education to anyone who wants to learn. I also teach cello at Milton Academy and privately around Boston. I am also a full-time mom to a wonderful 1.5 year old boy.
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