Board of Directors &
Ian Song, Founder & Executive Director, Violin
Ian Song is a senior attending Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon. His musical journey began when he picked up the violin at the age of four, which he currently studies with Carol Sindell. Along with winning numerous music competitions and awards as a soloist, Ian serves as Co-concertmaster of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, an organization he first joined eight years ago. Throughout the years, Ian has learned to believe in the incredible power of music; it is capable of universally evoking our broad range of emotions and feelings. He hopes to apply his musical knowledge, love, and friendship to toRhapsody. Ian envisions toRhapsody as not only an all-embracing environment to meet new people and play great music, but also as an invaluable conduit to share his love of music and hope of uniting people all over the world. Ian's hobbies outside of toRhapsody encompass reading, gaming, and biking.
Kalob Ho, Director of Community Outreach, Violin
Kalob Ho is a senior attending Cleveland High School. He started playing the violin at the age of eight and has played on the street to raise donation funds to help people in need of help (e.g., earthquake victims, people in hunger). Previously, he studied violin at the Community Music Center and Ding Ding Violin. He was also a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) organization for four years. He enjoys playing old and new church hymns at the nursing facility for the elderly to enjoy during this unprecedented Covid-19 crisis. In addition to music, Kalob's hobbies include swimming, gaming, and running.
Jaewon Yune, Director of Music, Violin & Piano
Jaewon Yune is a senior attending Clackamas High School, where he is a violinist in the Chamber orchestra. He has participated in musical events such as All State, the OMEA Solo/Ensemble competition, and Music in the Parks, where he received multiple musical awards. Jaewon has been a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic orchestra for five years. He has been playing the violin for nine years and currently takes lessons from Carol Sindell. He enjoys playing music with friends at school, church, etc. He has found music to be a way to express himself and show others the impact music can have on people. Jaewon’s hobbies outside of music are playing games, golf, and hanging out with friends.
Jacob Youn, Director of Media, Cello
Jacob Youn is a senior attending Sunset High School in Portland. Starting cello at the age of five, he is under the instruction of Hyun- Jin Kim. Jacob has won numerous competitions including the Willamette Falls Symphony Young Artist Competition, Oregon Cello Society Competition, and the American Protégé International Competition which got him featured at Carnegie Hall in 2019. Jacob has been a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic for seven years and currently serves as the Assistant Principal. He has been accepted to the International Cello Institute, Brevard Music Center Summer Institute, All- State and All- Northwest Orchestra. Jacob always had a passion for sharing the love of music with others, reaching out to communities in need. Outside of music-making, Jacob is a passionate basketball player and enjoys working out in his freetime.
Maggie Carter, Associate Director of Education, Double Bass & Piano
Maggie Carter is a double bassist from Portland. She began bass lessons at age nine with Nina DeCesare, and is currently a student of Jordan Anderson, Principal Bass of the Seattle Symphony. This is Maggie’s fourth year in the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Philharmonic Orchestra where she is a Principal Bass. Maggie has been the first-prize winner of several competitions, including the 2019 International Society of Bassists 14-and-under solo competition and the 2020 Oregon Mozart Players' Young Soloist Competition. Maggie loves sharing her music with the world in any way she can, including porch concerts to passersby in the hopes of relieving stress and bringing joy to others. Outside of her musical life, Maggie enjoys baking, reading, camping, and writing calligraphy; loves to hang out with her three younger siblings and to write letters to friends all over the country. She is homeschooled and has studied piano for seven years, currently with Maria Garcia.
Joseph Kim, Director - TBD, Violin
Joseph Kim is a senior at Clackamas High School. He has been playing the violin since the age of seven. He began his violin studies with Robin Baldino and is currently a student of Carol Sindell. Joseph has been a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic for three years. He was selected to play in both the All State and All Northwest orchestras in 2019 and 2020. He received an Honorable Mention at 2019/2020 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Oregon State Senior String Competition. He is also a winner of the 26th Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert. Joseph performs in quartets with his friends at the senior center in their neighborhood. Besides the violin, Joseph plays tennis on his school’s varsity tennis team and enjoys many sports.
Claire Youn, Musician & Instructor, Violin
Claire Youn is a sophomore attending Sunset High School in Portland where she started her violin studies at the age of 5 under the instruction of Hae-Jin Kim. She has won several competitions including American Protégé: International Piano and Strings Competition, OMTA Orchestral Instrumental Scholarship Competition, and Jeannette Scott Briggs Scholarship Award Competition. Alongside her solo studies, Claire has been involved in several group organizations such as Portland Youth Philharmonic which she has been a part of for 6 years and is currently Principal Second Violin of the Philharmonic orchestra. She was also a part of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Summer Institute and All-State Orchestra. She enjoys going out and performing at retirement homes and hospitals to share music and connect with the community. In her free time, Claire likes to spend time with her dog, Oreo, and foster rabbit, Lili Bean.
Sarah Lee, Musician, Cello & Piano
Sarah Lee is a freshman at Westview High School. She began playing cello at the age of 8; currently studies cello with Hyun-Jin Kim. Sarah joined the Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) Association in 2017; is currently a member of PYP Orchestra and Camerata PYP. She has won in numerous music competitions including the 1st prize at Best Bach Performance and the Music of Europe of Great Composers Competition 2021; the Platinum Absolute Prize at the Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition 2021; an Honorable mention in Junior Division at Eugene Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition 2021. Sarah was selected to play for Oregon ASTA Honors Recital. She has participated in music camps such as the Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival, the Chamber Music Camp of Portland, and the Vivace Music Festival. Sarah wants to use her love of music to benefit and heal people and communities in need. Besides music, Sarah enjoys playing, soccer, skiing, reading, and hanging out with her friends.
Katie Liu, Musician, Violin & Piano
Katie Liu, age 14, is currently a student of Hae-Jin Kim and Leslie Chen. She started her violin studies at age 5, followed by classical piano lessons. Katie has won in many competitions including the second-place winner of the Oregon Mozart Players Young Soloist Competition; State Honorable Mention at the Music Teacher National Association Piano Competition; an alternate winner of the 27th Metro Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Concerto Concert. Katie enjoys playing music with friends; she has participated in many chamber groups including orchestras, piano duets and trios, and string quartets. She has been with Portland Youth Philharmonics for years; serves as Co-concertmaster. Ever since age 8, Katie has been volunteering to perform in retirement centers and hospitals. Her passion is to express love, solace, and hope through her music to help people get through tough times, serve the community, and positively impact the world.
Ryan Jun, Musician, Violin
Ryan Jun is a sophomore attending Mountainside High School. He has been playing the violin for eight years and currently studies with Carol Sindell. He has made many notable musical achievements throughout his career. He recently received honorable mention in the state Division of the Music Teachers National Association, was named 3rd place winner of the American Protege International Competition, and was accepted into the All-Northwest NAFME Orchestra. This summer, he participated in the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute (NSO-SMI). Ryan has also been a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic for the past 4 years and had the honor of playing in masterclasses with Simon Fischer and Yura Lee. Ryan wants to use his passion for music to leave an impact on his community and the world. When not studying classical music, Ryan enjoys competitive golf on his school's varsity team and hanging out with friends
Hailey Youn, Musician, Viola
Hailey Youn is an 8th grader attending Stoller Middle School in Portland, Oregon. She began her viola studies at age seven and is currently under the instruction of Andrea Hawkins. She has been part of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Organization for 6 years where she was the viola principal for Young String Ensemble during the 95th season, and is currently a member of the Philharmonic orchestra. She has participated in the Chamber Music Camp of Portland and the OMTA Ensemble festival for several years. Besides music, Hailey enjoys dancing, biking, hanging out with her friends, and volunteering at Jacob Wismer Elementary School Library.
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