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2016-11 20

[Alumni]Park Myung-hoon, the Chief Composer of Korean Symphony Orchestra

The Korean Symphony Orchestra is one of the most renowned orchestra in the country with a history of about 30 years. Many talented musicians have been a member of it to represent Korean classical and modern music. A position in the Orchestra is highly coveted by young musicians. Last month in October, Park Myung-hoon (Department of Composition ‘05) has been appointed as chief composer in the Korean Symphony Orchestra (hereafter “the Orchestra”). As his first, the gifted composer will receive an honor of creating a song that will be played by the Orchestra between 2018 and 2019. It is truly a point of pride for Hanyang University (HYU), especially for the college of music and News H interviewed Park to celebrate the great achievement. Q1. How do you feel about being appointed as the chief composer in the Orchestra? Park: “In various Korean orchestras, the system of having a chief composer did not exist until, recently, like 2-3 years ago. It has been difficult for orchestras to fully assign a chief composer in terms of financial and management issues. So, it is an honor for me because there are not many chances to create a song on my own with no holds barred. I think it is a wonderful opportunity in my career and I am very happy about being appointed as the chief composer.” Q2. Can you tell the readers about your specific role as the chief composer? Park: “It is quite simple to be frank because all I have to do is compose a song for the Orchestra to play. It is like a contract where the symphony gives me about one year to complete a song and the orchestra must play the song however I want it to be played. I was given about 30 minutes of time; therefore, my goal would be to concentrate on producing two songs, one song being about 15 minutes, that the Orchestra can perform on stage.” Q3. Are you currently in process of creating the music for the Orchestra? What kind of music do you compose? Park: “I usually compose contemporary music, which is a trend of classical music that started in the early 20th century and continues to this day. It is different from classical music because it adds on the elements of modern music into it. For the Orchestra, I have only mapped out the basic sketch of the two songs. For now, I want the first song to be a piano concerto, music of a piano solo. Other than that, I am still in progress of basic outlining. I have a year given to me, but it is not a long time to create a perfect piece of music, so I need to work harder to complete the song.” ▲ Park has won numerous awards in music composition contests. (Photo courtesy of Park) Q4. We know that you also work as a professor at HYU, what are other works that you do outside of being the chief composer? Park: “Yes. Currently, I give teach “Composition Workshop” at HYU. The lecture is for the seniors and it is mainly about how contemporary music is composed and played in Europe and analyzing why some of that music are not played in Korea. I enjoy teaching the students because I believe that supporting young talented musicians is important in booming up the success of Korean modern music. I also serve as the Artistic Director and Composer in the Ensemble Eins which I have established to promote new contemporary music and give other musicians opportunities to play music in an ensemble. Even though I am extremely busy due to these various work positions, I still enjoy taking part in marvelous groups as a chief composer, director, and professor.” Q5. Can you tell the readers about how your music career began? Park: “I was first involved in music when I was four years old. Like other Koreans of that age, I went to piano school as well as art school. My father was an artist and he wanted me to pursue music because he didn’t want me to go through the difficulties as an artist. While I was playing piano, my interest was more into how the song was made so, I gained composing experiences by participating in music competitions and concours.” Q6. What was it like when you attended HYU? What about when you studied abroad in Germany? Park: “One thing that pops into my head right now is when my friend and I first established a college music club called the Free Composition Group (FCG). It was a club within the college of music to promote song composition and hold annual recitals for the students. We thought active experiences would help the students gain more confidence when all of us step outside the university. The club still exists to this day and it is a strange feeling to see the junior students maintained it for such a long time. After graduation, I studied in Köln, Germany for about 9 years. I really enjoyed the time there because the environment allowed me to freely develop my ability in composition. The friends and professors I have met there encouraged me to find my own color in music.” Q7. What are the most important elements in composing a song? Park: “In any form of art, including music, I think individuality is the most important element. I use the phrase, ‘making it mine,’ a lot with students because a song has innumerable value if it has the composer’s uniqueness imbedded into it. For me, my father’s paintings are my influence for composing a song. This results in a music that only I can create with my own personal experiences. Furthermore, communication is also key in developing the musicians through community connections, peer evaluations, and higher growth. This can produce a piece of work that can not only satisfy the public but also bring out the best in your individuality.” Q8. What is your goal in the future? Park: “I think utmost goal is to simply produce good music for the public to enjoy. I am completely satisfied with where I am now because I want to improve continuously. I remember one my professors in Germany describing one song as being “just you.” I think that is exactly what I want to achieve.” Q9. Do you have any last comments for the readers? Park: “I hear from my students that they are having a tough time with figuring out what to do with life. It is necessary to worry about the financial issues, but I strongly believe having too much concerns on life is not good. One cannot know what it is to work in a field without actually going into the field. Therefore, even though life is difficult and work seems hard, why not try and experience before having too much concern? It will certainly lead you to someplace that you have not expected with more experience.” Some of the songs Park have composed include: “Monta,” “Mach Kein,” and “Seeds” You may listen to his music through videos on YouTube. (←CLICK) ▲ As a chief composer, Park has a set goal ahead of him - producing good music for the public. Park Min-young minyoungpark118@gmail.com Photos by Park Min-young

2016-11 15 Important News

[Alumni]"Nothing but Music"

Singer-songwriter Gaho, Lim Ji-sun (Department of Dance, ’09), is a singer who sings love in a calm yet very sophisticated voice. One of the rising artists in Hongdae, Lim was in fact a dancer for about 20 years in the past. She started dancing from a very young age and thought she would naturally follow the path of being a member of a dance company like a lot of her friends. For Lim, choosing to write and sing songs was more than merely switching her major but was following her belief about what was right. It required enough courage for her to do so. Lim definitely had many ups and downs in the past 5 years since she started to officially work as a singer-songwriter. Her stage name Gaho, meaning blessing of God, shows how much she hoped for the best of luck since she started to make music as a career. Delivering Love Stories in Tranquility Lim officially started her career as a singer-songwriter in 2011, two years after she graduated Hanyang University (HYU). “When I was in my 4th year, I felt much doubt about my major. I could easily foresee the ‘reality’ of becoming a dancer- that my abilities wouldn't be up to becoming a successful dancer. I wasn’t 100% sure that I could neglect that fact,” said Lim. After graduation, Lim wanted to give herself some time to ponder about her life and career. Her first obstacle came with tinnitus, an ear malfunction that made her hear ringing and buzzing sounds that only she could hear. “I was diagnosed with a sudden sensorineural hearing loss that occurred due to stress.” With a stage name Gaho, Lim is currently performing in small concert halls in Hong dae. “Despite this, I was still interested in singing and music. I was deep into indie music and was a huge fan of the Korean singer, Nell. He inspired me to sing my own story,” said Lim. Her condition deterred her from working the best she could. Lim could only rely on sounds that were louder than 120 decibels. “I had to solely depend on loud beats that was made by drums to sing and play piano along with it. After about 6 months of working as a singer, I found that I could slowly but more clearly hear sounds better. I thought it was a miracle. I remember myself crying from pleasant surprise.” Currently, she can only hear sounds with her right ear but is trying to retain the current status with constant care and medication. Step by Step Making music was just a hobby for her at first, as she had a very shallow knowledge of music and composition. Lim’s method of composition began from recording melodies of her humming and then transforming it to a score with the help of her friends who majored in music. “I knew it was a rather reckless choice for me to take as a means of living, but singing and writing songs soon became the biggest motivation and joy of my life,” said Lim. After releasing about four albums and digital singles, Lim was faced with another stumbling block. “I felt insecure about my career. I was at the end of my 20s, and I saw all my other friends getting married and settling down unlike myself. I was afraid that my career wasn’t going to be able to support my living,” said Lim. Such thoughts almost led her to make her 5th album ‘I will only cry for 4 minutes’ as her last one. “I thought that album would be the last, but I was lucky enough to find a company that was willing to support my music production.” After a contract with a music label, Lim could concentrate more on her work with less financial burden that she had had before. Lim became more confident about her music and also became more professional with sessions and bands that came along with her in her performances. 'Your Night' is her upcoming lullaby album, and 'Suddenly' was her most recent album. (Photos courtesy of Gaho) Derived From Real Experiences “A lot of my songs were written from my own experience, which recorded thoughts and feelings when I was heartbroken because of my relationship with my lover,” said Lim. As she tends to work when her emotional state is most intense, Lim mentioned she usually works with her other musician friends late at night. Among her songs that express complex emotions after breakups, there is one that is noticeably bright. “The song ‘Do you feel the same?’ was the song I wrote when I met a guy from Sweden in Korea. He invited me to Sweden with his own expense and traveling to Sweden with a person I cared a lot about was one of the most delightful moments in my life. I recorded melodies and lyrics, and made a song out it when I came back to Korea.” After Lim’s most recent album ‘Suddenly’ that was released in September, she is currently working on a new album that is to be released in December. ‘Your Night’ will be an album with four lullaby songs for adults. “I hope my songs could lead people to fall asleep well by releasing the stress they had that day,” said Lim. Also, Lim is undergoing steady vocal training to improve her singing skills and voice to become a better musician. “I know I have a lot of points to improve on, and I am willing to do so to become a musician that can impose a strong impression on people,” concluded Lim. Lim advised HYU students to have the courage to step out of their 'comfort zone' for more freedom and possibilities. Yun Ji-hyun uni27@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2016-11 14

[Alumni]Aria Brewed with Diligence and Modesty

Luciano Pavarotti, one of the three tenors of a popular operatic singing group, and Jo Su-mi, a Grammy Award-winning South Korean soprano, are the world famous opera singers in history. These two renowned opera singers, including others such as Mirella Freni and Hong Seong-hun are the winners who received first prize in the 67-year-old Viotti Music Competition. Jo Chan-hee (Vocal Music, ‘16), along with these legendary figures of music, won first prize in the Viotti music contest held from October 21th to 29th, in Vercelli, Italy. News H met Jo Chan-hee to hear about his life and his music. ▲ Jo, winner of 67th Viotti music contest. (Photo courtesy of Jo Chan-hee) Q1. Congratulations, could you please introduce yourself to the readers? Also, tell us how you felt about your win. Right now, I feel thankful for everyone who congratulated me on winning the award. The reason for my participation of the contest was to check my ability before going abroad to study vocal music in depth. I still cannot forget the moment when my name was shown as a winner, and I feel a bit embarrassed because I was quite nervous during the contest. I could have given a better performance. Q2. How did you prepare for the contest? I did not actually prepare for the contest like preparing for a test. Rather, I always practice singing about two hours every day. My mother, who is a leader of an opera group, gives music lessons to me. Then I look for the meaning of the lyrics of the songs in Italian, German, French, and Russian. Because arias consist of lines from poems, I write the verses over and over to remember them. Memorization, feeling the beat of the music, and delivery are very important. Therefore, I read these words out loud, think a lot about the pronunciation of vowels and consonants. I also use Youtube as a reference, searching for the songs that I have to practice. Although these activities seem like a great deal, I find them very enjoyable. Q3. Could you introduce us the song you performed in the contest? In order to participate in an international music competition, you have to practice the work that is selected by the host. The song I sang is Don Giovanni by Mozart. The part I performed is an aria by the character Leporello, a servant of the womanizer Don Giovanni, who introduces his master’s various love interests. The lyrics are lewd and also humorous. Q4. Was there anything interesting aspects of the contest, and were there any difficulties while participating in the event? The interesting aspect while joining the competition was that we were asked to record videos of the city of Vercelli, and in the finale contest, the scenery that we recorded was put up as a background while we gave performances, like a film festival. The difficult thing was controlling my condition before the contest, such as adjusting to the weather. Q5. Living as an artist, and especially as an opera singer, is very honorable. However, there must be some difficulties in the life of artists. What do you think are the hardships of living as an opera singer? Seeing my professor Ko Seong-hyeon, and my parents, the life of an opera singer is very honorable. However it is also burdensome in terms of responsibility as well. An opera singer‘s body is a musical instrument in itself. So I consistently need to take care of my body and control myself. That way, I will be able to deliver happiness and sadness altogether to the audience. Q6. How did you start studying vocal music? What is the driving force that pushes you on? I’m a bit different from others because I have two sets of parents instead of one. I spent my youth with my real parents, but their situations did not permit them to educate me further. Because of those reasons, I was adopted by my step parents from my middle school 3rd year. My step parents did not have any children, so they regarded me as a gift from God. They truly cared about me and they were the ones who taught me vocal music. My step grandfather was an honorary professor at a university and changed my introvert personality to be more active, fostering leadership through education. I believe that thanks to them and my grandparents, I could accomplish all the things that I achieved now. I love and thank them with all my heart, and always try hard to repay their love. Q7. What is your dream and what are your future plans? I am going to enroll in the HYU graduate school of the same major next semester. In addition, next year, I am planning to participate in famous music competitions in Korea, such as contests hosted by Joongang and Dong-a newspapers, or by Gwangju and Daegu provinces. I am also going to study abroad someday. I have a lot to learn, and I still believe that I need to try very hard to accomplish my future dreams. If I can endeavor as much as I have done until now, I would say that... I really want to become an opera singer. ▲ Jo dreams of becoming an opera singer in the future. (Photo courtesy of Jo Chan-hee) Jang Soo-hyun luxkari@hanyang.ac.kr

2016-10 24

[Alumni]Donation from an Architect

On a typical breezy morning, the News H visited the oldest architectural firm in Korea, Samaseung architectural firm. The walls of the antique office room were filled with old books stacked orderly on the shelves and a brown sofa in the corner illumed signs of old age. The head of the firm, Jang Soon-yong (Department of Architectural Engineering, ’72), greeted the reporters with a gentle smile. Jang unraveled the story of donating 13,252 Korean ancient architecture documents and data to Hanyang University (HYU). His generosity is a gift to enhance the future quality of architectural education. Traditional Architectural Material On October 10th, the HYU President announced that Jang made a large contribution to the Department of Architecture by donating historical resources and material to the school. As the head of Samaseung, founded in 1965, Jang has been involved in numerous architectural projects, and the processes and details of them are recorded in the donated documents. “While I was organizing the office and the storehouse, I noticed thousands of unnoticed documents and blueprints. I considered giving it to a museum, but then there was a chance of them being kept mostly unseen by students and experts,” said Jang. “So, as an architect, I wanted these valuable historical documents to be sought and looked at by people who actually needed them for their studies. Hanyang University was the perfect place.” Jang is the head of Samaseung, an architectural firm. The materials that Jang donated to the school comprise of ancient Korean architectural data that preserve the history of unique buildings and historical sites. The bestowed documents include materials relating to the rebuilding of Suwon Castle and the construction of Andong Dam in the 1970s. “Today, we use computer-based storage system to save documents. Before the 1990s, there was no such system and we had to manually map out the architecture with a pencil,” said Jang. The history of the sources go all the way back to the Japanese colonial era when Jang’s father started to study architecture. Therefore, the value of these materials exceeds numerical worth. One Family, Three Architects As the head of Samaseung architectural firm, Jang is currently continuing the legacy of his father, Jang Ki-in, who established the firm. The influence Jang received from his father was immense, leading him to actively participate in architectural projects for the government. Those projects include the reconstruction and maintenance activities of Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bulguksa Temple, Gwanghwamun Gate, and many more. Jang’s son, Jang Phil-gu, is also involved with architecture as a university professor. Surprisingly, all three of them have graduated from Hanyang University, sharing a common passion in both architecture and alma mater. Jang said, “Having the same identity of being a former student at Hanyang, I am proud of my son for his decision to continue the family legacy.” Continuing what Jang’s father had created was not an easy job. Initially, Jang did not have complete knowledge of Korean traditional buildings. “When I was at university, there wasn’t a course on Korean architecture. I had only learned Western-style architecture,” Jang explained. “After experiencing what it was to work in the field, I began to study more of what was Korean by collecting data from abroad.” Jang realized that studying was the fastest way to success. The historical site maintenance work gave him the opportunity to obtain knowledge on the science of preservation, such as chemical and lumber treatment. “For me, architecture is fun because I learn something new and interesting each time I commit to a project.” Providing Sources for Learning “The reason why I decided to donate the materials relates to my passion for learning architecture,” said Jang. “I want the data to be openly used by students. When those materials were kept in my storeroom, the necessary cataloging was not done. Once the Architecture Department building completes its renovation, I hope the school will provide adequate space and service for easy access to donated materials.” Akin to his valuable contribution to the school, Jang’s warm-heartedness was evident during the interview. His love for architecture is the perfect example of Hanyang’s pride. Jang's legacy in architecture is hoped to be continued for more generations to come. Jang's contribution to the school will enhance architectural education at Hanyang University. Park Min-young minyoungpark118@gmail.com Photos by Moon Ha-na

2016-10 24

[Alumni]Yoyoma’s Kitchen, a music-filled restaurant

Cervantes, the Spanish writer, once said that “Where there’s music, there can be no evil”. Music with positive vibes has strong impacts on people. Do Boo-min (Department of String and Wind Instruments, '82), a cellist and businessman, runs the famous restaurant 'Yoyoma’s Kitchen' in Seocho-dong, Seoul. Although Do is currently more in the field of business than orchestral music, he has successfully combined the two to create a unique restaurant. Opening the Restaurant In Yoyoma’s Kitchen, Do owns a workshop with string musical instruments such as the violin and the cello in the basement. He retained this workshop for 15 years and before that, he used to play for the Korean Symphony Orchestra, one of the most renowned orchestras in Korea, as a cellist. After Do retired from the orchestra, he started wondering about what to do next and went traveling to Hong Kong. While looking around there, he saw some cellos from a shop window and went inside. While talking with the owner of the shop, Do was offered a business partnership. Although he got back and researched musical instrument shops, waiting to be contacted, the anticipated call never came. Do Boo-min, cellist and restaurant owner Do started off small 15 years ago, just opening up an instrument workshop on his own. Because the business did better than expected, he thought of starting up a new workshop along with it. “I thought my business would continue to sell this many instruments until the end,” said Do. However, he was faced with the global economic crisis around the year 2008, and could not keep maintaining his workshop only as it was. “Since there was too much space in the workshop, I thought of starting a café for efficiency.” After having opened up his café and run it for over a year, Do was given the idea to change it into a restaurant. “An interior designer came up to me and commented that it would be great for a restaurant and workshop to be combined in the same space instead of a café, and I agreed to that idea,” said Do. Since Do admired the famous cellist Yoyoma, Do named the new restaurant after him. That is how Yoyoma’s Kitchen came to be. Music and Restaurant After opening up Yoyoma's Kitchen, the restaurant became very famous for its interior, as well as the food it served. Because a restaurant with a music workshop was not a common concept, it worked quite well business-wise. “My place was filled with customers who wanted to enjoy their meals and gaze at the musical instruments around them,” said Do. It is located in Seocho-dong, close to the Seoul Arts Center (SAC), which is a frequented spot for many musicians. “A lot of musicians come to my restaurant to and from their way to the SAC, and others just stop over to look around the place,” explained Do. Do, proud of the interior of Yoyoma's kitchen Yoyoma’s Kitchen has a special distinction from other restaurants, in that small music performances are held there. House concerts, meaning concerts held inside the restaurant, takes place twice a month. Sometimes the profits made through the concerts are used for helping the needy. Performers are mostly professors from universities and musicians who are affiliated with Do from orchestras or through recommendations. Sometimes Do also plays the cello himself as a performer. Do mentioned that the cello has its charm in creating sounds similar in tone to the human voice. “It has the vibration that resonates inside people. The deep sound of it draws me in every time I hear it,” said Do. Do, as a musician, plans to volunteer through his amateur orchestra, and as a businessman, wishes that his restaurant becomes more widely known. Due to the love that he has for music, Do says that his future businesses will also be somehow related to music. Do has practical suggestions for students in the music department. “It is a blessing to be a musician, but often economic circumstances do not allow many to become or stay as one. You must become the best in the field or it would be better to just enjoy music as a hobby, since it is realistically very hard to live as a professional musician,” said Do. Kim Seung-jun nzdave94@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2016-09 25 Important News

[Alumni]Winning Millions as Research Funds

Engineering is fundamentally about solving human problems. There is a continuous need for engineers who are capable of solving societal problems such as clean water, diverse and sustainable energy sources, and improved health care. In the United States, there is an independent federal agency created by the Congress called the National Science Foundation (NSF), which supports the states’ education and research. This week, the Internet Hanyang News (IHN) introduces Kang Sung-pil (Education ’95) who won 2 million dollars of research funds from NSF with his team in the University of New Mexico (UNM) to renovate the university’s chemical and bio engineering curricula. Chemical Engineers to Transform Society Kang is working as an assistant professor at the department of Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS) at UNM. After graduating from HYU, he attained a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology (IST) in the United States. His major and interest are closely related with human performance technology, instructional design, change management, and school reforms. Kang worked with many global companies and inter-governmental organizations like the Bank of America, McDonalds, Samsung, LG, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). While his earlier careers were largely relevant to increasing the effectiveness of workers at corporations, the project he and his team are working on is to revolutionize how undergraduate engineering is taught in the US and to attract more groups that are currently under represented in the discipline. ▲With fellow professors at UNM, Kang worked as a social scientist and agent to monitor and manage the overall process of the project. Photo courtesy of Kang Sung-pil “In the last two years, there has been an attempt to improve and develop a new curriculum of chemical engineering at UNM. Then professors from the department submitted a grant proposal last year to NSF but was rejected because the processes of revolutionizing the education system was unclear. In that period, I was asked if I wanted to join the team to work as a social scientist and agent to oversee the process,” said Kang. Today, there are three professors from chemical engineering, and two from OILS including Kang. They started to work on the project again, beginning last summer in 2015. It took them several months to improve their grant proposal. During the process, Kang and his team held workshops to reflect the feedbacks and opinions of other professors, students, and corporations onthe engineering curriculum. Last December, the team submitted their proposal and won the grant among 60 other university teams. “The average amount of grant funds that NSF usually awards is 160,000 dollars which shows how much expectation the US government has toward the project.” “It could be regarded as a burden somewhat, by receiving that much money. I was glad that our research had that much value and potential. Our team is now greatly motivated to further our research based on the proposal,” said Kang. Focusing on Practical and Communal Values “In next three years, curriculum will be changed in steps, by focusing on increasing the practicality of engineering education the university with two core ideas called ‘design challenge’ and ‘badge system’,” said Kang. Conventional engineering education in the US emphasizes fundamental knowledge, and students do not get to practice engineering in the late academic years. They end up learning tons of concepts and equations but not much on how to actually utilize the theories in different situations that requires critical and creative thinking. As a result, many students drop out because they cannot make the connection between their courses and the real work of engineers. ▲Kang and his team focused on 'design challenge' and 'badge' systems to be set as core components in the new chemical and bioengineering curricula. Photo courtesy of Kang Sung-pil “The design challenge requires students to actually solve problems by utilizing learned concepts in classes. It will be comprised of tackling challenges that the regional society, chemical and bio engineering industries face in real life, including research subjects that are popular at a certain period of time. Badges that are given to students who accomplished certain design challenges will be able to officially prove students’ abilities to industries and corporations.” Kang and his team also wanted to focus more on engaging students who are female or from the lower classes of society. “Conventional researches show that male students are more inclined to do better in the fields of math and science, but when we test female students using the method of the aforementioned design challenge, female students show better problem-solving skills, being more flexible than their male peers,” said Kang. With the new education approach, Kang hopes there will be a break in the glass ceiling in the field of engineering. “In addition, it is a fact that students from the middle or higher social class are more likely to perform better at schools. It is due to what is called cultural capital, giving them an invisible but a very powerful advantage compared to students who are born in poorer families. We wanted the new curriculum to interest students from different economic classes by planning design challenges that can effectively motivate them to be engaged,” explained Kang. To Be a Better Educator While Kang chose to continue his studies in the US to delve into the fields of his interest such as corporate education, it took him much effort to adjust well to a different working environment where language and culture are dissimilar with that of Korea. “I was able to overcome many challenges up until now because of good teachers I have met in my life. Many of them are from the Department of Education at Hanyang University. I learned how my attitude should be and what values I should hold in my life as an educator. Every day when I go to work, I remind myself that I should live my life to benefit others which I believe connects to Hanyang’s spirit, love in deed,” said Kang. ▲Kang mentioned how he always reminds himself of Hanyang University's motto- 'Love in Deed'. Photo courtesy of Kang Sung-pil Yun Ji-hyun uni27@hanyang.ac.kr