Hilton Head organist: There are 'so many great things in music that I want to share' + video

loberle@islandpacket.comOctober 12, 2013 

From left, Anne Acker and Joosoo Son prepare for an Oct. 25 recital that will be at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island.

PHOTOGRAPHER:ELIZABETH OSTERBERG — Submitted

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Providence Presbyterian Church present a duo harpsichord recital

    When: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25

    Where: church sancutary, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island

    Details: 843-842-5673 or www.causegodjoy.com

When Hilton Head Island resident Joosoo Son isn't playing the organ, the music is still on her mind.

Whenever she can find the time -- while cleaning dishes, cooking, in the car on way to work, on walks -- she mentally takes herself to one of her organ concerts.

"I'm imagining I'm playing and I'm reading the music in my head," Son, 33, said. "It's a very effective way to practice."

A Seoul, South Korea, native, Son is now the music director and organist at Providence Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head. The organ isn't her only instrument; she also plays the piano, harpsichord, harmonium and clavichord.

Son regularly holds concerts and recitals in the area; her next is a duo harpsichord recital with Savannah resident Anne Acker on Oct. 25 at Providence Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head.

"There are just so many great things in music that I want to share," Son said. "Every performance is so different, but I always I feel the communication between me and the audience."

Son began playing the piano when, at age 5, her mother taught her the classical compositions of Mozart and Bach. At age 17, she began playing the organ because the Assembly of God church where her father was the pastor needed an organist.

Before coming to America, Son earned a Bachelor of Music in organ from the Korean National University of Arts. In 2003, she moved to Rochester, N.Y., to study at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned her master's and doctorate degrees in organ performance and literature. Her talents have taken her around the world, performing in concerts and festivals in Germany, France, Switzerland, Andorra, Spain and Sweden.

She is a board member of the American Guild of Organists, which connects organists with churches.

"Technically we are not a religious organization, but as organists we usually work at churches," Son said. "I love working at my church. I love to work for the glory of God."


Video: Joosoo Son plays the organ

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