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BRIAN HYUNSUK LEE

HOMETOWN:
Allendale, NJ                      
HIGH SCHOOL:

Bergen County Academies: Academy for the Advancement of Science & Technology     

MAJOR:
Neuroscience & Behavior; Music 
THESIS: 

For my music thesis, I will lead a choir of eight singers, performing a concert of cross-cultural vocal music that elicit a sense of loss—perhaps music sung at funerals or songs about unrequited love. I want to explore what the emotion of loss might mean to different cultures and see if I can create a cohesive concert.

ACTIVITIES:

I’m a member of two a cappella groups: the Wesleyan Spirits, the oldest all-male group at Wesleyan, and the Mixolydians, the student-run chamber choir. My love of music has allowed me to perform in a number of senior theses and serve as director of music for two large-scale musicals in my junior year. I’m also a staff member at the theater production group Second Stage, the only entirely student-run theater production group in the United States. I have lived in two program houses: 200 Church and Music House, and I am a brother of Alpha Delta Phi Society, and a member of WesDEF (the Wesleyan Diversity Education Facilitators), and the Sound CoOp. 

OUTSIDE
WESLEYAN:
During the summer I work at the American Red Cross of Greater New York as a part of the Ready When the Time Comes program, a live database of all the Red Cross volunteers in New York City that can be called during an emergency. As one of the organizers, I once had to set up emergency shelters for five five-alarm fires in a single day.
FAVORITE
CLASS:

“Inscribing Sound: A Cultural History of Notation,” a music major's seminar with Professor Jane Alden. The class focused on the history, development, and musical implications of various forms of musical notation.

FAVORITE WESLEYAN EXPERIENCE:
My first moving Wesleyan experience was singing in the Wesleyan Spirits’ fall jam my freshman year. I had only started singing during high school and had never sung with an a cappella group before. Singing in an end of-semester concert with a crew of extremely close friends for a really (really) large audience was an awesome surprise.
AFTER
WESLEYAN:

After Wesleyan, I hope to spend a year or two traveling around the country. I have been to 20 states already, but I want to visit all 50. Then I plan to go to graduate school to continue studying music or music education.

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