Genius Grant recipient Josh Kun ’89 speaks about music’s impact

Genius Grant recipient Josh Kun ’89 speaks about music’s impact

Kutler Center Scholar in Residence and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Josh Kun ’89 discussed interpreting music as social change in his meetings with students and faculty this week. Kun asked students to share the big problems that they have encountered in the world and then offered his perspective on the way to approach them. “Being ‘woke’ is a […]

Musicians perform in instrumental concert

Musicians perform in instrumental concert

Musicians from the Upper School Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Camerata Strings and String Quartet performed in the Fall Instrumental Music Concert in the Rugby Theater Nov. 18. Students performed piecessuch as Bela Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances,” Antonin Dvorak’s “String Quartet in F” and other compositions. Performing Arts Teacher Shawn Costantino conducted the Wind Ensemble, and Mark […]

Upper school students perform at annual KAPA dinner, raise money for charities

Upper school students perform at annual KAPA dinner, raise money for charities

Upper school symphony students who are members of Soma, which aids the disabled through music, previewed their upcoming “Melody of Compassion” performance for the Korean American Parent Association’s annual dinner at the Oxford Hotel on Aug. 21. “We performed for them and showed them a little bit of what our symphony is and how Harvard-Westlake […]

Anna Gong ’18 pursues her passion for violin

Anna Gong ’18 pursues her passion for violin

Every night, Anna Gong ’18 plays scales to warm up her fingers for 10 minutes. She flips through her music looking for her solo piece, and plays through the piece from beginning to end, replaying the challenging parts. Gong is a third-generation violinist. Her grandparents were violin professors during the Cultural Revolution in China. Fleeing the Communist […]

Composer speaks at annual Brown Family Assembly

Composer speaks at annual Brown Family Assembly

World-renowned composer, pianist and conductor Thomas Adès performed pieces from his opera, “The Tempest,” and shared his experiences with international composition today at an upper school assembly as the annual Brown Family Speaker. Adès began composing at 19 years old after winning second place at a national piano competition, in England. In 1995, his opera, […]

Will listening to Mozart while studying get me a 4.0?

Will listening to Mozart while studying get me a 4.0?

Every day Max Robertson ’17 goes home and turns on some smooth jazz as he pulls out his homework assigned that day. After a stressful day Robertson looks forward to listening to music that calms him down and lets him enjoy working on homework and studying just a little bit more. “When I do homework, […]

Music was medicine for former Khmer Rouge child soldier

Music was medicine for former Khmer Rouge child soldier

In 1975, Cambodia faced a genocide that killed more than 20 percent of its population. Headed by Pol Pot, the Khmer regime murdered, brutalized and dehumanized its own people. Schools were turned into prisons and torture centers that held the elite members of Cambodian society. Just 30 years later, I was given the opportunity to […]

Junior attends Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado

Sacha Lin ’16 spent eight weeks improving her musical abilities through one-on-one violin classes and orchestra performances at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colorado this summer. The school offers courses and activities in a wide range of musical subsets, attracting students from around the world. Programs include opera, composition and a conducting […]

Nordstrom, McRae attend Grammy Camp

Claire Nordstrom ’15 and Jensen McRae ’15 attended Grammy Camp, a 10-day music intensive camp for a variety of musical studies, at USC this summer. Both girls focused on songwriting at the program, which also offered courses in singing, music journalism and video production. Both Nordstrom and McRae have been interested in music since a […]