Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Kee-Won Hong
Part 1


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: At the age of three Kee-Won Hong began the study of piano in Butte, Montana, after his parents became aware of a Suzuki program there. After moving to Plymouth, Minnesota the Hong family was delighted to learn that there was a Suzuki string program integrated into Wayzata Public Schools. Kee-Won began the study of violin as a kindergartner and was steadily involved in the school program through twelfth grade, supplementing the resources of the public school with private lessons for several years. In addition, he participated in Minnesota Youth Symphonies, the String Conference at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and All-State Orchestra. His years of participation in various orchestras offered the opportunity for wide and varied travel. A National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist, Kee-Won participated in a number of activities aside from music, including tennis, fencing, math club, Korean language school and a number of special computer projects. At the time of the interview Kee-Won was graduating from Wayzata High School and preparing for study at Northwestern University. Kee-Won explains his dedication to violin and orchestral activities in these words, "I think that music always plays such a part in defining me, that I would have missed out on a great part of my life if I didn’t have the chance to play a stringed instrument." SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Kee-Won Hong outlines his thirteen years in the Wayzata elementary string program, talks about the importance of related music activities in Wayzata High School, Minnesota Youth Symphonies, the Minnesota State University, Mankato String Conference and All-State and the thrill of moving toward the concertmaster's chair from the back of the section. He remembers the many tours, and reflects upon the importance of the Wayzata program in his own life while lamenting the passing of the opportunity for other Wayzata students. He describes his acceptance at Northwestern University and discusses the future role of the violin in his life.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
12 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:25:31 running time
Creation Interviewer: Weber, Lynne
Interviewee: Hong, Kee-Won
Made in Plymouth, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Plymouth, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 06/06/2001
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 109
Accession Number AV2007.12.14
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project'

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