College of Charleston strings professor Lee-Chin Siow will be a participant in VIP conversations hosted by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization well-known among NPR listeners for their broadcasts on Friday mornings during Morning Edition. Siow is praised by the American Record Guide as “a distinguished cultural asset of international stature”, and The Strad as a “trailblazing role model for string players.” She has performed to critical acclaim in over 20 countries on five continents, from Carnegie Hall to Osaka Symphony Hall.
StoryCorps’ MobileBooth (an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio) will be in Concord Park (Ansonborough Field) in Charleston, S.C. from October 25, 2012 until November 19, 2012. Anyone interested in recording a conversation can be make reservations by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.org. To help offset its operating costs, StoryCorps suggests a donation of at least $25 for each MobileBooth interview. If participants cannot afford to meet the suggested donation, they may participate at no cost to ensure that StoryCorps remains a free public service.
StoryCorps’ MobileBooth interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other, with a trained StoryCorps facilitator guiding the participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear. Parts of select conversations are also aired during NPR’s Friday Morning Edition broadcasts.
StoryCorps’ visit is being hosted by ETV Radio.
A native of Singapore, Lee-Chin retains close ties with home while establishing an illustrious career as international soloist and educator. Winner of the Singapore Youth Award for the Arts and the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award, she recently returned on sabbatical as visiting artist at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, National University of Singapore.
Passionate about teaching, Lee-Chin has taught at Oberlin Conservatory and was the featured soloist with Oberlin Orchestra’s 2011 Asia Tour. She has given masterclasses from Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, Lisbon Academy of Music, Chicago Institute of Music, to University of Chile. An active speaker and clinician, 2012 engagements include presentations at the American String Teachers Association National Conference and Singapore’s Ministry of Education. In addition to her commitment at College of Charleston as Associate Professor of Violin and Director of Strings, Lee-Chin devotes her energy also to co-directing Charleston Music Fest, which she co-founded. Her students have won top prizes in the MTNA Competitions and soloed with the Charleston Symphony.
StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three books: Listening Is an Act of Love and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps—all of which are New York Times best sellers. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit storycorps.org.
About ETV Radio
South Carolina ETV Radio celebrates forty years of service, providing public radio to the citizens of South Carolina via eight radio transmitters statewide. Locally, ETV Radio is known for South Carolina history series “Walter Edgar’s Journal” each Friday at noon, and topical interest program “Your Day” Monday through Thursdays at noon. ETV Radio is also known for its national series “Chamber Music from the Spoleto Festival,” “Michael Feinstein’s Song Travels,” “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz” and its sequel, “Piano Jazz Rising Stars.” ETV Radio is supported by listener donations to the ETV Endowment of South Carolina.