Violinist Can Vouch for the Power of Music

Miran Kim

Last summer, Miran Kim led her church's youth group on a one-week trip to San Francisco to help the homeless. From the Top hide caption

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Award Recipient

Congratulations to Miran Kim, recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Miran will receive an award of $10,000 to help her continue her music studies and assist her with music-related needs.

When she's not focusing on music, Miran Kim is committed to serving as president of her church's youth group. Last summer the youth group took a one week trip to San Francisco to help out some of the homeless people who live there.

"We lived at a homeless shelter and tried to make the people's lives a little easier by cooking meals and doing basic hands-on stuff like dishes and vacuuming," she explains.

While there, Miran experienced an especially powerful moment.

"We had a big barbecue in a public park for the homeless, and at one point I took out my violin and played 'Amazing Grace,'" she says. "I hadn't known this, but some of the people there had brought drugs, and when I started to play the music, they put the drugs away. It was like the atmosphere in the air changed and everyone could feel that change. It's amazing what music can do; it is relief for the heart and soul."

She performs Manuel De Falla's Danse Espagnole.

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