How would it feel to find someone who supports me when I’m about to give up my dreams because of circumstances?

CJ Culture Foundation is helping various artists in need of that support, one of which is the CJ-Berklee scholarship. We are supporting 350 students studying music in one of the most prestigious schools in the world. Also, aside from the monetary funding, the foundation hosts beneficiary’s shows, album production, promotion and more to make their dreams come true.

The CJ Culture Foundation also selected new students for the CJ-Berklee scholarship 2019, and the beneficiaries gathered with the officials.

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Spotlight of the day was the six scholarship students, waiting for their admission to Berklee College of Music this coming fall. We interviewed them about their music life and efforts in getting into the school, and of course, their ambitions as the CJ Music Scholarship grantee.


|Professional Music Piano major Eun Jung-ah

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Q. You majored two studies that seem to have no connection, philosophy, and music. Please tell us the charm of each study.
Well, I think the charm of philosophy is that it makes you keep think and question. I think this is an important quality of an artist, too. Both philosophy and music shine our lives by expressing our thoughts.

Q. Which part did you work on the most to get into Berklee?
I tried to find what ‘my music’ is. It’s a bit philosophical, right? First I wrote a lot of songs. I thought that the students coming to the audition must play amazing piano, so I wanted to show my color. So I intended my audition to provoke a pleasant question, although my techniques are not as good. I think the result proved that my method worked.

Q. What does the CJ Music Scholarship means to you?
It means everything to me and my family. I am still grateful and surprised for the opportunity to be able to pursue my dreams despite the conditions. I also hope to inspire other dreamers in a not so affluent condition.

Q. What is your long term plan as a musician?
I want to experiment with pop music based on jazz. Now that I have this big opportunity thanks to CJ Culture Foundation, I hope my music can be a meaningful footstep in art and society.




|Professional Music Piano Major Kwon Da-sol

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Q. Which part did you work on the most to get into Berklee?
I decided to audition for Berklee quite late so I had to plan thoroughly. I uploaded my original songs and covers on youtube for feedback and participated in club performances and SJA school performances to keep my edges sharp.

Q. What does the CJ Music Scholarship means to you?
CJ Music Scholarship is new hope and challenge for me. Not to mention that I can go to Berklee. But looking at CJ Culture Foundation’s mission and vision, I realized I was given more opportunities than just simply being able to attend Berklee. I am especially touched for the chances like album production and performance opportunities across platforms. I would love to participate in them!

Q. What is your long term plan as a musician?
I want to make the soundtracks of the Disney movies and also be part of the recording. Their music made me dream and comforted me at my hard times, so I want to be an artist who can comfort people with warm music.


|Piano Major Kwon Hee-ryung

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Q. Which part did you work on the most to get into Berklee?
I thought the musical improvement was the basics in getting into Berklee, and I worked out to be stronger physically and to be able to practice longer. I studied English imagining of the fun conversations I would have with my friends in Berklee! Also, I read books and watched movies to expand my perspective.

Q. What does the CJ Music Scholarship means to you?
The scholarship itself meant hope. I was hesitating to study abroad, which was my dream, because of the tuition fee. But now that I am receiving the big scholarship, I’m happy that my life in Berklee will be so much fun thanks to CJ Culture Foundation. Thank you so much!

Q. What is your long term plan as a musician?
I aspire to become a musician who can put human feelings such as happiness, anger, love, and joy or nature’s seasons and the flow of time into music. I hope to make a good impact on the world by inspiring people with that music.


|Contrabass major Shin Hyun-kyung

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Q. Which part did you work on the most to get into Berklee?
I wanted to understand jazz better, deeper, and mix with the classical aspects I learned so far. I wasn’t easy, but the journey made me realize my shortcomings. Also, I think I got in because I showed my honest feelings in the set time.

Q. What does the CJ Music Scholarship means to you?
I think it’s a cheer for the time to be spent in Berklee and cheer for the journey I am taking. I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn music and beyond, and grow from it thanks to the opportunity given by CJ Culture Foundation. I hope the scholarship continues to students who are applying to Berklee further on.

Q. What is your long term plan as a musician?
I major Contrabass, and it is a string instrument with a very low pitch but it can play a wide range of notes. So it can beautifully cover Bartok and Jazz. As a contrabass player, I want to write songs based on classic and jazz but with essential beauty that is not constrained by genres. In the long term, I also dream to nurture art consumers with a wide range of taste through quality contents and arts education.


|Guitar Major Lee Joo-young

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Q. Tell me about the charms of your major!
You can freely play around the scales and beats with a guitar. It creates such a diverse melody encompassing swing in jazz, bosa nova and punk for the listeners and the players to enjoy. Guitar has its endless potential especially when it comes to Jazz. This is why I fell in love with the guitar.

Q. Which part did you work on the most to get into Berklee?
I had to change a lot of my music style for the audition. For example as a guitarist, I was used to read tab sheets but I had to get used to reading sheet music and prepare impromptu performances. It was difficult but it really expanded my musical spectrum, and I feel like my style became classier, so I had a lot to learn.

Q. What does the CJ Music Scholarship means to you?
Hope and a big gift. I feel like someone has my back now for the scholarship and the different opportunities offered.

Q. What is your long term plan as a musician?
I dreamt of becoming a musician listening to other musicians playing. I also want to give dreams to people. I think it would be the happiest thing, to be able to give hope and help dreams come true.


|Professional Music Piano Major Ha Su-bin

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Q. Which part did you work on the most to get into Berklee?
I did a lot of mind control, to show my own music regardless of the acceptance. I considered the audition as part of my practice.

Q. What does the CJ Music Scholarship means to you?
A solid guardian, trusting me in my new challenges in Berklee! I really love the opportunities beyond scholarship such as album production or promotion. I wouldn’t have dreamt of playing piano in Berklee if I hadn’t opened the scholarship opportunity email and I didn’t search CJ Culture Foundation on the internet.


Q. What is your long term plan as a musician?
I would want to create my own music by putting different forms of art with music. I haven't yet decided which form to incorporate with, but I’ll see during my time in Berklee. I would like to tell myself an old saying for the coming journey: Carpe Diem!

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Did you enjoy the short interviews from the six scholarship students? It was exciting to see their love and passion for music. Please root for the students with CJ Culture Foundation!