September 15, 2015
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.