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Pre-College Strings Program to host Welcome Back Reception Aug. 3

The WKU Pre-College Strings Program will host a short performance by students and faculty as part of a Welcome Back Reception on Aug. 3.

The performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center Recital Hall with the reception to follow.

Parents interested in enrolling their children in the strings program are encouraged to attend. The program offers youth ages 4-18 the opportunity to study a string instrument from beginning levels through the advanced repertoire. Classes are conducted in the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, where students have the opportunity to attend private lessons, group classes, master classes by world-renowned artists, and participate in various performing opportunities.

Program welcomes new instructors

The Aug. 3 event also will provide an opportunity to welcome two new instructors in the Pre-College Strings Program – strings faculty member Jim Kim and graduate assistant Hisham Groover.

Kim, a native of South Korea, will join the WKU Department of Music this fall. He is completing his doctorate in Violin Performance at Indiana University and is eager to share his musical passion and knowledge with the Bowling Green community.

Jim Kim

Kim’s passion for performance has taken him to various venues in Korea, Japan and the United States, collaborating with renowned artists such as Sadao Harada (former Tokyo String Quartet cellist), Jean-Louis Hagenauer (Professor of Piano at Indiana University), and Federico Agostini (former leader of I Musici).  While serving as the concertmaster of Korea National Symphony Orchestra, Kim was frequently invited to perform both as a soloist and chamber musician for the President of South Korea.

Kim has a passion for teaching students of varying age and levels. In addition to studying violin pedagogy with Professors Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner, he served as a teaching assistant to Federico Agostini. In the fall of 2011, Kim was appointed as Associate Instructor of Violin at IU, working extensively with music education majors and music minors.

Groover will be the new graduate assistant for the strings program and will be pursuing a master’s degree in Violin Pedagogy at WKU. He will be working and teaching under the tutelage of Dr. Ching-Yi Lin and will be teaching private lessons and group classes.

Hisham Groover

Groover was born in Querétaro, Mexico, where he began his violin studies at the age of 11. He continued his pre-college music studies in Las Vegas under Brad Pineda and Len Hansen. In 2012, he graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in music.

During his undergraduate studies, he worked with Amy Thiaville and Dr. Jean Montès. He has played solos with both the Loyola Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and has held concertmaster positions within the ensembles. In the summer of 2012, Groover studied at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where he performed in the Symphony Orchestra and studied violin with Michel Boris Zaitzeff.

Contact: Ching-Yi Lin, (270) 745-5939.

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