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Summer Encounter Campers and Counselors Focus on Resilience

The Summer Encounter finale performance in Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School in Los Angeles

The Summer Encounter finale performance in Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School in Los Angeles

Arts education empowers young people by equipping them with the necessary tools for creative expression, which enables them to have a voice in our society.

On the morning of the Summer Encounter finale performance, excitement is high. For many of the 60 fourth and fifth grade campers, this is their first time performing music on stage. But after two weeks of intense arts immersion in classes including voice, guitar, percussion, and dance, they are ready—nervous, but ready.

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Conservatory Spotlight: Minji Choi

Colburn Conservatory of Music cellist Minji Choi, photographed by Philip Pirolo

Colburn Conservatory of Music cellist Minji Choi, photographed by Philip Pirolo

What is it about [your teacher Mr. Greensmith] that drew you to him?
His playing is still my favorite playing in the world, for a cellist. He still inspires me the most in my lessons and he has so much knowledge that I felt like I was missing in my playing. I was so used to playing and being a musician, since I had been playing the cello for 15 years at that point. I wasn’t really motivated, but he totally changed my musical life. I didn’t think it would be easy to meet someone motivates you that much when you’re already old for a student. He totally refreshed me, and I’ve developed many good aspects of my playing that I’m still applying.

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