Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member So Young Park

So Young Park, violin, grew up in Dayton, Ohio, where her love of music started early. Although she enjoyed listening to her dad’s Elvis Costello and The Clash albums as a child, she nonetheless turned away from a hard life as a rocker and began studying voice and classical violin at age eight. Her initial squeaky period was, by all accounts, thankfully short. During her middle school years, she performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, placing first in numerous area competitions and becoming concertmaster of several local and regional orchestras. After receiving a scholarship to Mt. Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, Massachusetts, she was accepted into the Williams College Orchestra in the 10th grade, where she won the Berkshire Symphony Music Award. She continued playing at Vassar College where she was the university orchestra’s principal second violinist and also began her love affair with jazz. Having let her classical musicianship lapse during the first several years of her career, she is now playing with renewed interest in her spare time when she is not working as Director of E-Commerce for A&E and The History Channel. Um, she supplied her own photo, just in case you were curious.

Musica Bella concerts: October 19, 2003; November 30, 2003; May 2, 2004

This bio last updated November 16, 2003