Past Event


April 5, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:55 PM
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
12-1pm | Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr.

 Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in a noontime recital series.


Robert Schumann, Three Romances for Oboe and Piano 
Maximo Diego Pujol, Candombe en Mi for Solo Guitar
Astor Piazzolla, Histoire du Tango, arr. for Guitar and Oboe 
Astor Piazzolla, Oblivion, arr. for Guitar and Oboe
Astor Piazzolla, Libertango, arr. for Guitar, Oboe, and Piano


Emily Shyr is a senior in the College majoring in History and Music. A native of Atlanta, she was an oboist in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. During her time in New York, she has been a member of the New York Youth Symphony and participated in its inaugural tour of Argentina during the summer of 2015. An active musician at Columbia, she has participated in the Music Performance Program's chamber music programs and is the principal oboist and president of the Columbia University Orchestra. Emily currently studies with Yousun Chung, a faculty member of the Juilliard Pre-College Division and the Hartt School of Music. She has played in masterclasses for musicians from the Boston Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Houston Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony. A budding music historian, Emily is pursuing a senior thesis that examines how composer Richard Strauss used quotations in his oboe concerto to memorialize German culture and tradition in the aftermath of the Second World War. This thesis will culminate in a lecture-recital given in the beginning of April. 

An equally avid historian, Emily's historical interests include the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the New Deal period, specifically concerning the implementation of free wage labor and ideology in the post-Civil War South, as well as the evolution of paternalism during the transition from enslaved to free labor, and in reaction to the rise of the modern welfare state. She is also currently writing a senior thesis that explores how New Deal programs eroded paternalistic relations between African-American sharecroppers and white landlords in the Cottonbelt South and precipitated the rise of the modern welfare state. 

When not adding to her massive stash of library books, practicing, or making reeds, Emily enjoys cooking and baking, listening (and fangirling) to Schubert lieder recordings by Ian Bostridge, and playing with pet bunnies. One day Emily hope to own three bunnies: Turnip, Apple, and Pudding. 


Kevin Choi (CC ’17) first picked up the classical guitar at age twelve by accident. He played in the Korea Guitar Ensemble before moving to Boston, where he participated in New England Conservatory’s Boston GuitarFest. From there, he maintained connection with Adam Levin, a student of Eliot Fisk, with whom he studied for another year. As a member of the Columbia Guitar Ensemble (later Columbia Guitar Duo) coached by maestrissimo Arthur Kampela, he has been invited to perform at venues such as Harvard University, WKCR 89.9 FM New York, Columbia Club of New York, and Carnegie Hall. In hopes of becoming a philosopher-king one day, he is currently double majoring in mathematics and music.

  All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

Mid-Day Music @ Columbia offers live music to a general audience, following the tradition established by Aaron Warner and Isidor Isaac Rabi, great lovers of music whose memories live on at Faculty House.