“In the late 1990s, Eunsoon Lee-Corliss’s father suffered a devastating stroke,” writes Carol Z. Shane in Friday’s (6/16) Knoxville News-Sentinel. “Lee-Corliss, assistant principal violist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 1985, says, ‘I would carry my viola in to him and play but I wasn’t quite sure how much he understood.’ One day, as part of the KSO’s Christmas season outreach program to the community, her string quartet was assigned to play at his NHC facility.… ‘And that made me think, “I need to play for people. This is a wonderful thing that I could do.” ’ ” In 2004, KSO Music Director Lucas Richman launched “the Music & Wellness program, which at first consisted of private, one-on-one bedside playing for individual hospital patients. Lee-Corliss, on board from the beginning, helped to pilot the program.… In August of 2015, Lee-Corliss completed more than 80 hours of coursework and 45 hours of practicum work … earning her degree as a Certified Music Practitioner.… Now she is one of one of just five orchestral musicians from across the United States to receive a Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras.” Click here for more on the Ford Musician Awards.
Posted June 22, 2017