October 19, 2017
Location: Selina Korban Theater, LAU Byblos
About The Workshop
In “Maxims for Revolutionists,” George Bernard Shaw famously penned, “He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches.” This adage has become so widespread that in common parlance, people casually comment that “those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach.” Woody Allen transformed it into a punch line in Annie Hall with, “Those who can’t do, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach gym.” The ensuing variations on the punch line in popular society have become endless. Those of us who teach find this attitude to be bewildering and puzzling, as teaching requires not only knowledge and education in its own right, but talent, mountains of preparation, instinct, artfulness, and a herculean juggling and balancing act of countless skills. This prejudice exists in many fields, but in the performing arts, it is a pervasive and difficult obstacle to hurdle in balancing one's own career as both a performer and a teacher. In an interesting (and an unrelated) twist, teachers are still predominantly female. According to the United States National Center for Education Statistics, in the 2011-12 school year, just 24 percent of teachers in elementary and secondary schools were male. That is just under 1 in 4 teachers. This disparity is not just an American phenomenon. According to an article in February of 2016 in the Telegraph, the Department of Education in England disclosed through their school workforce statistics report that for the fifth year in a row, the percentage of male to women teachers had fallen. In 2010, 1 in 4 teachers was male. In 2015, the ratio was 1 in 5. Dr. Salley Koo will give this workshop that will explore the personal stories of women in the arts who have struggled with this balance to both perform and teach, and what we might do to build on these experiences in the future.
The workshop is open to the public.
About Dr. Salley Koo
A violinist of great range and energy, Salley Koo has performed internationally as a solo and chamber musician. Hailing from Chicago, where she studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Center of the North Shore (now Music Institute of Chicago), Dr. Koo then earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in English and American Literature, continuing her violin studies with Lynn Chang. She subsequently received a Master of Music and pursued Artist Diploma work from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Peter Oundjian. Dr. Koo completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance at Stony Brook University under Pamela Frank and Philip Setzer. Over the course of her extensive training, she has studied with numerous other luminaries, including David Taylor, Sylvie Koval, and Dorothy Kitchen.
Ms. Koo has cultivated an active concert presence, appearing as both soloist and orchestral performer with many notable groups across the country. Recent performances include appearances at the Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Central Park, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Harris Theater in Chicago, the Nasher Series in Dallas, the Peoples Symphony Concerts, the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Skaneateles, and Caramoor Festivals, and on tour alongside artists ranging from Bela Fleck to Dawn Upshaw to Gil Shaham. She is regularly invited as a guest artist with groups such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Knights, and has served as concertmaster for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.
Dr. Koo’s engagement with the chamber music community in particular has yielded collaborations with world-renowned musicians including Peter Frankl, Yo Yo Ma, and Colin Carr, as well as with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Peabody Trio, Emerson Quartet, and Takacs Quartet. Her expansive musical interests range from early music to contemporary compositions. In the former vein, she has performed on period violin and recorded for Centaur; in the latter, she has worked closely with composers like Julia Wolf, Mario Davidovsky, Steven Mackey, Osvoldo Golijov, as well as members of the So Percussion Quartet. Salley is also a familiar face at numerous festivals including the Silicon Valley Music Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Taos School of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and Thy Chamber Festival in Denmark.
Despite a performance itinerary that has covered North America, Europe, and East Asia, Dr. Koo has established a thriving teaching career. She is currently the violin professor at Adelphi University in NY, and has served as the violin professor and coordinator of chamber music at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, CT; other faculty appointments include the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, Dwight-Englewood String Society in New Jersey, Vermont’s Chamber Music Intensive Program at Yellow Barn, the Opus 118 We Want Music! program in East Harlem, New York, and Elm City ChamberFest and the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Koo also maintains a limited private studio in New York City.
When she’s not playing the violin, she’s likely to be found cooking or planning where to eat next with her husband, Alex, or playing with their dogs, Nanook and Sherlock, in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Dr. Koo currently performs on a violin made for her by Mario Miralles.
About IWCS (Imagine Workshop and Concert Series)
Imagine Workshop and Concert Series (IWCS) is a series of concerts, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, outreach and education programs. IWCS strives to contribute to the cultural richness of our community by promoting top quality performances to a diverse local audience; welcoming internationally acclaimed guest artists to collaborate with LAU's faculty, students and a diverse community; cultivating young artists and new audiences through traditional and innovative educational outreach initiatives, and introducing underprivileged communities to the power of arts.
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