Sarah Kim appointed String Orchestra and Preparatory String Director for the Hyde Park Youth Symphony
7/18/2018, noon | Updated on 7/18/2018, noon
Sarah Kim appointed String Orchestra and Preparatory String Director for the Hyde Park Youth Symphony The Hyde Park Youth Symphony (HPYS) recently announced the appointment of Sarah Kim as String Orchestra and Preparatory String Director for the HPYS. In this position, Kim will be responsible for rehearsing the organization’s two string ensembles which focus on beginning and intermediate young musicians from area grade and middle schools. Kim is an experienced music educator who is currently studying conducting in the graduate program at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. “I am looking forward to having Sarah join our artistic team at the Hyde Park Youth Symphony,” said Matthew Sheppard, HPYS artistic director and conductor. “I know that she will bring a wealth of experience to our staff.” “We are lucky to have Sarah join our organization” said Linda Diamond Shapiro, HPYS board president. “She has shown us that she has the special skills to work with our youngest students. Her previous experience working as a dedicated music educator will continue to move us towards being the leading grass roots organization for instrumental music education on Chicago’s South Side.” Sarah Kim is a recent graduate of the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, where she completed her Bachelor’s of Music in violin performance and music education in 2018. Kim considers creativity, collaboration, and community as the three greatest values that drives her work. Said Kim, “I always strive to create a learning environment for young students where these three values are recognized and celebrated.” At Northwestern University, Kim studied violin with Gerardo Ribeiro and Victor Yampolsky, viola with Helen Callus, and conducting with Victor Yampolsky. About the Hyde Park Youth Symphony: The mission of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony (HPYS) is to bring together diverse students from the South Side of Chicago and beyond to provide a high-quality orchestral performance experience as a training ground for the next generation of performers, educators, and advocates of music and the arts. This unique program welcomes students at varying levels of ability and experience for high quality orchestra and chamber music instruction. Rehearsing on Thursday evenings at the Logan Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Chicago, the HPYS brings together young musicians from neighborhoods across the south side to increase their orchestral performance skills and gain a lifelong appreciation for music and each other. For more information about the Hyde Park Youth Symphony, visit http://www.thehpys.org or call 312.525.9642.