B.A., Pai-Chai University; M.M., East Carolina University
Mr. Sejung Ra is a native of South Korea, versatile and critically acclaimed artist and educator who has performed around the world. He wears many hats as a professional clarinetist, conductor, and educator. He is a adjunct professor at Methodist University, is the artistic director and conductor of the Fayetteville Chamber Orchestra, a director of bands and string orchestra at Berean Baptist Academy. Mr. Ra also has a full private teaching studio, his student’s names are listed in the national winners of the Music Teachers National Association, Association of Christian schools international, and concerto competitions in the orchestras in the state. Critics have praised clarinetist Sejung Ra his chamber appearances, describing him as “ full of shaping his phrases beautifully with a rich, expressive tome” (The West Deutherzeitung, The Rheinischer Post). He has received much recognition on his keen sensibility in music based on performances in Germany, Italy, Thailand, South Korea, and the U.S. He was a recipient of an award from South Korea’s Dae-Jun Culture and Art Foundation.
He earned a master’s degree of Music in Instrumental Conducting from East Carolina University, received the highest honors from Koln Musikhochschule Standort in Wuppertal, Germany, where he earned his master’s degree in professional performance, and graduated from Pai-Chai University with a Bachelor of Arts in music. He completed a conductor’s summer academy at Accademia San Felice in Italy, as well as the Conductor Institute of South Carolina.