Thayer names ASO's Jin Kim as resident scholar

Thayer names ASO's Jin Kim as resident scholar

Thayer Academy is proud to announce that Jin Kim, music director of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (ASO), will take part in the Academy’s Scholar-in-Residence program. 

In his role as resident scholar, Kim will partner with Thayer’s performing arts department to build two permanent offerings open to both Middle School and Upper School students: the Thayer Academy Choral Ensemble and the Charles Castleman ‘57 Orchestral Program. 

Assistant Head of School for Academics Peter Brooks lauded Kim’s efforts. 

“We are incredibly excited to provide this new program for Thayer students to broaden their musical experiences while learning to work together in a group setting,” said Brooks. 

An award-winning orchestral and choral conductor, Kim is in his 26th year as the music director of the ASO, one of the premier regional orchestras in New England. As an orchestral conductor, he has appeared with leading orchestras including the National Symphony (Washington, D.C.), National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada), and Korean Symphony (Seoul, South Korea) orchestras. Kim also served as music director of Empire State Youth Orchestras (New York State) and has led orchestras at Boston Conservatory and Boston University, where he taught instrumental conducting and served as a visiting conductor. Since 2015, he has led orchestral seminars in Boston as music director of Harvard Musical Association Reading Orchestra. 

As a choral conductor and professional singer, Kim is the founding music director of Magnum Chorum (Minneapolis, Minnesota), earned first prize in the 1997 American Choral Directors Association’s' National Conducting Competition, and is a former member of leading professional choruses including The Robert Shaw Institute Singers, The Dale Warland Singers, and Minnesota Opera Chorus.

Since 2013, the ASO has been the orchestra-in-residence at Thayer Academy, presenting a full season of world-class performances for South Shore communities and beyond.

Thayer Academy’s Scholars-in-Residence program brings thought leaders, practitioners, and artists from academia and a range of professional disciplines to enrich and deepen students’ learning experiences in sustained and meaningful ways. Scholars-in-residence teach classes/seminars, participate in project or research work with students, lead discussion groups, hold office hours, design events that enrich the entire Thayer community, and serve as a resource to students and teachers.

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