Soyun Cheon

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2016 – M.M. The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
2014 – B.M. Chapman University – Minor in Psychology Christina

Soyun Cheon (b. 1992) is an active musician and educator based in Orange County, California. She has won multiple competitions such as the first prize of the 2014 Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship Competition in Pasadena, CA, the scholastic grand prize of the 2009 Southern California International Marimba Competition, second prize in the 2018 Great Plains International Competition at Oklahoma City, OK, second place in the 2013 California PAS Percussion Competition, and honorable mention in the 2012 Concerto Competition at Chapman University. She has also been awarded a four-year fellowship and scholarship with the Higher Education Leadership Ministries, a sponsored opportunity to attend the 2013 Percussive Arts Society International Convention through the George Contreras Scholarship, and the 2013 Dream With Me Instrumental Scholarship in Pasadena, CA.

As an educator, Christina has taught private lessons, percussion ensembles, and masterclasses since 2011. You can find more information about her private studio here. Her own music education reaches back to her first piano lessons as a child up until middle school, when she joined her school band as a percussionist. In high school, she began to specialize on the marimba while continuing to play percussion for local music festivals and organizations, such as the 2010 AllSouthern Honors Wind Ensemble under the instruction of composer and conductor Frank Ticheli. She performed in Woodbridge High School’s percussion ensemble from 2007-2010 under the instruction of Jack Mizutani and had her solo artist debut in 2010 at Chapman University’s Memorial Hall after winning the scholastic division of the Southern California International Marimba Competition. She went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music under Dr. Nick Terry and Dr. Justin DeHart at Chapman University and her master’s degree under Nancy Zeltsman, Sam Solomon, Kyle Brightwell, Keith Aleo, and Dr. Doug Perkins at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She also continued her piano studies under Karen Knecht and performed in several piano recitals during her years at Chapman University.

While completing her master’s degree at Boston, she has actively performed on the marimba as soloist and chamber musician with other musicians in the east coast. She has performed with marimba artist and composer Gordon Stout as a duo for the 2015 Zeltsman Marimba Festival at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and was later invited to perform in a trio that included marimbist Ayami Okamura for Gordon’s recital later that year at Ithaca College, New York. At Boston, she was involved with the Korean American Cultural Foundation (KACF) and performed on the marimba with cellist Yumi Bae and pianist Chase Morris, along with a handful of other local musicians who also performed in the concert. Videos of the 2016 KACF concert, “Elegy for the Fallen - Light beyond Abyss,” dedicated to the late victims of the 2014 Sewol ferry incident in South Korea, can be found here: https://vimeo.com/istormapps/videos. Other performances included a recital for the Oasis Café Concert Series in Brookline, MA, a community outreach concert for patients with multiple sclerosis, music for an ordination service at the First Church in Cambridge (https:// vimeo.com/173349690), and a quartet concert titled Marimba Four Hands with percussionists Tyler Tsunekawa, Daniel deSimone, and Ayami Okamura. The quartet had their debut performance in the summer of 2016 at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and also at Chapman University.

Christina is the artistic director of Southern California Marimba (SCM), a nonprofit organization dedicated in cultivating the next generation of marimba artists. SCM has invited more than twenty artists to perform in the last five years at multiple venues in Southern California, such as the Music Vault Academy, Chapman University, Harbor Christian Church, and Hoson House. SCM has expanded to include programs such as outreach clinics, guest artist masterclasses, and the International Artist Competition that will have its first inaugural event in 2019 (www.scmarimba.org/international-artist-competition). The organization aims to become the leading platform for marimba professional development in Southern California.

Recently, Christina had the opportunity to perform in the 2019 World Percussion Group (www.worldpercussiongroup.com) on a 3-week tour throughout the United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal. The 14-member group under the direction of Maraca2 (Tim Palmer and Jason Huxtable) visited several conservatories and also performed in venues such as Bridgewater Hall at Manchester, UK. The members taught clinics for various students and performed a variety of solos and chamber percussion music throughout the European tour.

Christina is currently performing, teaching private lessons, and providing clinics for school music programs in California. She is proud to endorse Marimba One as an Educational Artist.