Korea Trip Forges Artistic Connections

Posted: July 21, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

While many academics are enjoying the summer off, international opera singer and Mason Professor of Music Patricia Miller has been traveling the globe fostering artistic connections using a universal language—music.

In June, Miller traveled to Korea with Andrew Flagel, dean of Admissions and Enrollment Development, to help expand opportunities between the citizens of Korea seeking to study in the United States and Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA).

Signing agreement in Korea
On June 21, Admissions Dean Andrew

Flagel signed a memorandum of

understanding with Chun Ju Lee,

principal of Sunhwa Arts High School.

While in Korea, Flagel signed memorandums of understanding with the Sunhwa Arts High School and Kaywon High School of the Arts, the two leading secondary institutions for training in the arts. The Mason team also met with representatives of three Korean universities, Dankook, Daejin, and Yonsei, the most prestigious private institutions in the nation. Throughout the visit, Miller conducted master classes for students.

“The visit was enormously productive for Mason,” Flagel notes. “We made great connections with the best art high schools in the country, and were reminded that we have very committed and enthusiastic alumni in Seoul who will support our efforts there. Most significantly, Professor Miller’s incredible performances established us firmly in the minds of students and faculty as a leading destination in the performing arts.”

According to Miller, the Korean university students are very interested in Mason’s graduate music programs, including CVPA’s new Artist Certificate in Performance, which offers a specialized, graduate-level program for gifted performance majors.

Accompanying Flagel and Miller on the trip were Mason alumna Celine Sun Kim, BA Music ‘00, and her sister, Sun Ju Kim, as well as Joseph A. Greenberg, a consultant for international program development.

Patricia Miller with Korean students
Music Professor Patricia Miller (back row, holding

flowers) with students from Dankook University

and alumna Celine Sun Kim (back row, far left).

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