respect for the people around you.”
Where one chapter ends, another
begins. Following an exciting summer
as a member of the first-ever National
Youth Orchestra of the USA founded
by Carnegie Hall, Eric will join PSP
alumni Marcelina Suchocka (‘12) and
Jon Ringor (‘12) at the Manhattan
School of Music. Shuya will take what
she learned as a musician and apply it
at Harvard University where she will
major in biomedical engineering and
international relations.
After nine years in PSP, Eric Goldberg and Shuya Gong bid farewell to their second
family at the CSO.
In an interview in June 2013, they talked about how their lives
were transformed by PSP, the benefits of pursuing something
with passion, and what it means to do so alongside their peers.
“It wasn’t about percussion,” said Shuya. “It was about
community and learning to do something well.”
When asked to reflect on the influence of Doug and
Patsy, Eric recalled their musicianship, masterful pedagogy
and dedication. “They are so giving. They’ve created this
environment that is so generous and demanding, and you don’t often
find a place where you are expected to give so much and receive so much in return…
They demand of you discipline, commitment, passion, love for what you do and
Graduat ing Class Of 2013
“It wasn’t
it was about
community and
learning to do
Dash and Lyric Opera percussionist
Douglas Waddell, PSP has become
one of the nation’s premier training
programs for young percussionists.
Participants begin in the 4th grade
following an intensive application
process and—if they meet the rigorous
demands of the program—participate
through senior year of high school.
Members of PSP meet every Saturday,
September to June, for a full day of
lessons and rehearsals.
While the program teaches youth
to become exceptional percussionists, it
also nurtures them to realize their full
potential as exceptional people. In order
to stay in the program, students must
work hard and progress musically; they
must also give back as much as they are
given by mentoring younger members,
working harder each and every day and
committing fully to the greater good of
the ensemble.
The 2012/13 season was a banner
year for the Percussion Scholarship
Program. In addition to two recitals
for packed houses in Symphony
Center’s Buntrock Hall, the Percussion
Scholarship Group (PSG, the main
ensemble of PSP) had a starring role
Welcome Yule!
, the CSO’s annual
Holiday production, and presented
a free concert for 2,400 Chicago
Public Schools students as part of the
Institute’s biennial Chicago Youth in
Music Festival.
Members of the Percussion Scholarship
Group with program director Doug Waddell
f the walls of Symphony Center
could talk, they would tell you
about the excitement of housing
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
They would also tell you about another
fixture here—a cohort of young
musicians and their leaders who make
up the CSO’s beloved Percussion
Scholarship Program (PSP) and call
Symphony Center home.
Founded nearly twenty years ago
and led by CSO percussionist Patsy
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