“My hometown is Dallas, Texas. My parents are Korean but I was actually born in Europe. My dad was getting his masters in conducting then we moved to America so he could become a pastor. He gave up his music dream for that.

I came to SNU because of music. I actually hated music growing up because my parents were always around it, but I started choir my junior year of high school and that’s when I decided I wanted to do music. I was going to apply for all these prestigious music schools but didn’t because I was afraid I would get swallowed up. That’s when my teacher said, ‘Have you heard of SNU? There’s a Professor there named Jim Graves and you need to meet him.’ I applied, auditioned, and it went well. That was the first time I had a professor tell me I did great.

If I didn’t come here, I wouldn’t be the musician that I am today. My purpose comes from investing in other people. All of the professors in the music program have my heart. I love every single one of them. They have gone from professors to mentors. Because of that, I want to be a professor like them. I want to motivate and encourage people. I know a lot of musicians feel that they’re not good enough but I want them to know that God made them irreplaceable. I want them to create their own standard and become their own person and be the best person they can be. What good is it to sound like someone else? No other voice can be like yours and that’s what I really want to teach people.”

– Rebekah Jeong, Senior Music Education major from Dallas, TX.