NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Music Huskie Spotlight

Huskie Spotlight: Jihyeon Kim, Music Performance and Recording Arts, ’23

Jihyeong Kim

What did you want to be when you were growing up?  I wanted to be a writer when I was young. The reason is that I found it attractive to share feelings and exchange thoughts through writing. One day, when I first met a cello at a concert hall, I realized that music expressed emotions in a different way than writing. Talking about me through music and telling the composer’s story through performance showed me a new path to becoming a storyteller. And for the same reason, I now enjoy sharing emotions and thoughts in different ways through studying recording art.

What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study? Music Performance (Cello) and Recording Arts

What is your favorite thing about studying and/or playing music at NIU?
It helps students experience a variety of music, not just one of kind.

Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? Dr. Brian Hart, Music History

Why did you choose NIU to study music? I have decided to study at NIU because it has a curriculum that not only provides students with performance but also various liberal arts subjects and convocations with guest artists to help students understand music more broadly and deeply.

Huskie Spotlights

Gabriel Wade, ’24, Master of Music

Gabriel Wade, ’24, Master of Music

Music Huskie SpotlightHuskie Spotlight: Gabriel Wade, '24, Master of MusicWhat did you want to be when you were growing up?  Ever since starting band and piano class in middle school, I've always wanted to make music a major part of my life. That led to me pursuing a...

Stefan Lenthe, ’24, Master of Music

Stefan Lenthe, ’24, Master of Music

Music Huskie SpotlightHuskie Spotlight: Stefan Lenthe, '24, Master of MusicWhat did you want to be when you were growing up?  I pretty much knew from an early age that I wanted to be a musician. For me it all goes back to very first time I heard The Beatles. I was...

Liam Weber, ’25, Music Performance and Music Education

Liam Weber, ’25, Music Performance and Music Education

Music Huskie SpotlightHuskie Spotlight: Liam Weber, '25, Music Performance and Music EducationWhat did you want to be when you were growing up?  By middle school I had already decided on becoming a music major. Originally I just wanted to be a middle school band...

Dartagnan Stephen, ’23, Master of Music

Dartagnan Stephen, ’23, Master of Music

Music Huskie SpotlightHuskie Spotlight: Dartagnan Stephen, '23, Master of MusicWhat did you want to be when you were growing up?  I've always wanted to be a performer.  As my goals became clearer and my musical techniques became more refined, I found my voice with the...