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Get to Know Susie Park

Get to Know Susie Park

If I weren’t a professional musician I’d be: Somehow involved in the arts. I enjoy designing and creating with food, garments, accessories, etc.

Favorite composer: That would be whoever I’m playing at the moment. I like to be fully invested in every work I’m working on and performing.

Earliest musical memory: One of my first violin lessons included some musical games we played on the floor of my violin teacher’s house. They involved singing songs and learning that where I placed my feet when I played was very important. I was also thrilled to get a sticker at the end of every lesson, and I built up quite a collection. It was a blast!

Lately I’m listening to: Jazz and NPR—which I enjoy for news features, interviews, arts coverage and the quiz show Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!

Other instruments I play: Piano, but not very well!

Favorite thing about performing music: Music gives me the ability to communicate so much via a non-verbal medium. It’s a privilege to move and affect audiences in a profound way.

Most memorable performance with the Orchestra: Cuba! I was able to play on the tour last May even though I wasn’t yet officially a member of the Orchestra. The trip was so memorable, not just as a significant marker of U.S.-Cuba relations, but also for me personally. I enjoyed meeting the young musicians and making music with them at such a close range. The ability to exchange thoughts and ideas was a unique and meaningful experience; it really struck me that music is so pervasively a part of these young people’s lives.

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  • This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
    This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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