This morning I woke up to darkness. No, it wasn't an early morning but a late one with dark rain clouds covering the sun. What started out as a dreary day turned into a day full of great news and interesting discoveries. This past Wednesday was jury day. Overall, I was dissatisfied with my performance and was not eagerly awaiting receiving the comment sheets and my grades. Somewhat begrudgingly I traveled to the music building to warm up for my violin lesson where I would have to watch the video of my jury and get the comment sheets. To my pleasant surprise, Dr. Kim was fairly pleased with the jury and it turned out to be an "A" jury again this semester. I am pleased with this and it was nice to read the comments which acknowledged my growth on violin this semester and through the year.
It would appear that I didn't finish my blog, the story continues:
On the comment sheet, one of the professors asked me if I was going to be taking lessons this summer. Shortly after my lesson, I ran into the professor and told them that I was. I also told them that I was planning on going on for a second MM in Performance. Not only did they encourage this idea but also suggested a possible school: Kent State University. Their former cello teacher, Keith Robinson of the Miami String Quartet, teachers there and his wife, Cathy Meng Robinson, if a wonderful violinist and teacher as well. This professor thought that Cathy Meng Robinson would be able to do wonderful things for me and would love to send a student from USD to study there. So, I checked out the school and the quartet and found that I would LOVE to study with them. The school looks great and it would be awesome to be mentored by the Miami String Quartet. Plus, I would ultimately like to end up at CIM for the DMA and Kent, OH would put me in a good position to aquaint myself with the Cleveland Orchestra and the faculty at CIM. So, that completes my list of schools I am planning on applying to and auditioning for: the University of North Texas, the University of Minnesota, Illinois State, Ball State (one of my teachers former teachers teaches there), Kent State and, Bowling Green State University.
Also, I finally took the plunge and spent the money some new violin books: Basics, Agopian's No Time to Practice and Gerle's The Art of Expressive bowing. I just got the books yesterday and have already begun to explore them. I'm most excited for the intonation and tone production chapters in Basics. Though I produce a pleasant tone, I sometimes have issues with bow speed changes, creating some unevenness in my phrasing. Intonation is a constant battle for me and it's light years better than it was last year but it's still not where I want it. My recital for next year is essentially set as well: Barber Violin Concerto, Prokofiev Solo Sonata, Bach G-minor Sonata, and (probably) the Brahms G-Major Sonata for Violin and Piano. And this summer I'll be studying with both my teacher here at USD and hopefully studying excerpts with my teacher from last summer, Dr. Auerbach.
I also happy to report that my teacher, Dr. Eunho Kim is no longer the interim violin teacher at USD but is the Assistant Professor of Violin and Rawlins Trio Violinist! Meaning, she'll be back next year and I'll have consistency in my violin instruction. I've really learned a lot from her and I am looking forward to learning more over the summer and into next year! So, if you're looking for a great string faculty at a small state school, USD is for you and here is a little info on Dr. Kim:
Originally from Seoul, Korea, Dr. Eunho Kim is an active teacher, orchestra player and chamber musician. She has been an adjunct instructor of violin at Northwestern College and Dordt College in Iowa, and has taught violin and music theory at Morningside College.
A devoted ensemble player, Dr. Kim has played the associate concertmaster of South Dakota Symphony, the violinist of Morningside Piano Trio and recently completed her fourth year as the concertmaster of Sioux City Symphony. Her former positions in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area during her graduate study include being a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Sorg Opera Orchestra. She has worked with maestros such as Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Myung-hun Chung and Peter Oundjian, and studied with Piotr Milewski, Peter Oundjian, members of Tokyo String Quarte and Dorothy Delay.
Dr. Kim holds a B.M. degree from Seoul National University, and the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in violin performance from College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where she also earned an additional M.M. in music theory.
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