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“It’s not just about presenting Beethoven and Mozart.
It’s about helping people connect with who they are and with each other.”

Despite the fact that Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak has worked with world class artists like Yo-Yo Ma and James Taylor, or has conducted orchestras around the world, it’s hard to imagine him as part of a high school rock band. He’ll agree it wasn’t a very good one, but it was still a part of his initial foray into music. He began with piano lessons (coerced is a better word) and eventually picked up the clarinet.  But it was the generosity of a junior high school band instructor who lead him to a podium to conduct and ignited Pak’s true passion.  

“If it wasn’t for the public school band program, I wouldn’t be a musician today. I’d probably be a dentist like my father. What a thought,” Pak recalls, with a laugh.

Not that there is anything wrong with dentists, but it would be a shame for this multi-talented musician to be humming along to Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 while cleaning teeth, rather than doing what he does best - inspiring musicians to perform with heart.

Perhaps that’s why he’s been so committed to our education programs (Music Works! Everyday, Music Memory, and the Cape Youth Orchestra among others) since joining us in 2007. It's also why he is so determined to attract more kids to Cape Symphony performances.

Pak admits that one of his most “audacious” goals is to reach every single person on Cape Cod with the gift of beautiful music.

He’s making great strides reaching young musicians in other parts of the country with his posts as Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and Director of Orchestras at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Northwest Michigan. He was also Principal Conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra for eight years, broadcasting on the Disney Channel to over 30 million viewers worldwide.

“For me, conducting gives my life great meaning. When I became a father, I started to question why I was doing what I was doing. I think in some way I want to leave my daughter a legacy that I did something that helped humanity and made the world a better place. It’s not just about presenting Beethoven and Mozart; It’s about helping people connect with who they are and with each other.’”


Cape Classical 107.5 (WFCC) has a new segment with Jung-Ho called Maestro Minute.  Learn more about the Cape Symphony, upcoming performances and what's happening in music today during these fun and fascinating interviews.  The interviews are also available here

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