Orchestra students to perform original compositions

Su Jin Nam

Two students will have their original music pieces featured at the spring orchestra concert on May 2 at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica.

Ray Kim ’14 will conduct the Symphony, which will play his original orchestral piece, titled “Pobi’s Little Adventure.”

Performing arts teacher Mark Hilt will conduct Concert Strings, which will play an original arrangement of Coldplay’s popular song “Paradise” arranged by Lauralee Harper ’16.

Kim will be only the second student to have composed an original piece to be played by the Symphony.

After being announced as one of the three winners of the 2013 National Young Composer’s Challenge for his submission of “Pobi’s Little Adventure,” Kim approached Hilt and asked him if he could conduct his song.

“I feel honored to be conducting an award-winning orchestra, but as a result, I feel nervous,” Kim said. “I find it encouraging that the Symphony is excited to be playing a piece composed by one of their peers.”

Harper’s arrangement of “Paradise” was made specifically for Concert Strings.

She asked Hilt if she could arrange a piece for Concert Strings to play in order to help herself master her music theory.

“It presented just the right amount of challenge for the ensemble, so I agreed,” Hilt said.