Meet Bora Moon: A Musical Calling
By Jarmea Boone
Bora Moon, a double major in clarinet and piano performance at Kennesaw State University, has been a long-time musician. Her mother put her in piano school at the age of six while the family still lived in her native country of Korea. Once the family moved to the United States, Bora picked up the clarinet and was almost instantly hooked on mastering it. Having performed in several recitals and competitions prior to coming to KSU, Bora's considers music her calling.
In searching for a music school, Bora chose KSU because of its challenging and supportive music program. "It's hard," she said, "but I love music. I love majoring in music and learning about music."
One of Bora's proudest moments was being selected as a winner in the KSU Concerto competition in a duo concerto with student colleague Theresa Stephens, another clarinet performance major. Modestly, Bora calls their selection as winners as a "pleasant surprise."
As the daughter of a gospel-singing mother and a guitar-strumming father, and the sibling of a piano-playing brother, Bora's musical influences are many. "I heard my mom perform when I was a baby. She had been playing long before I was born," Bora says. "I come from a very musical family."
After graduation, Bora plans to study abroad in Europe in preparation for her ultimate dream: playing professionally in an orchestra and teaching. "I want to perform," she says. "That's why working with Ted Gurch is so great, he's doing today what I want to do in the future. So many of the faculty at KSU teach by example, they make our dreams seem possible".
Bora's excitement and passion is clear, though she is modest about her achievements. "The hardest thing" she states "is finding balance" in her life. "It's really challenging," she said. "I'm taking things step by step."