Campbellsville University faculty members tour and perform in Korea

Campbellsville University faculty members tour and perform in Korea

Aug. 15, 2014
For Immediate Release


From left, Wansoo Cho, Dr. Bill Budai, Denis Santos, Dr. Chad Floyd
and Saulo DeAlmeida perform in Korea.

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Four Campbellsville University professors recently toured and performed in Korea on an 11-day tour that included 20 performances at universities, churches, high schools, and city venues in and around Busan, South Korea.

Those on the trip were: Dr. Chad Floyd, associate professor of music; Dr. Bill Budai, associate professor of piano and associate dean of the School of Music; Saulo DeAlmeida, instructor in music; Denis Santos, adjunct instructor in music; and Wansoo Cho, former instructor in the School of Music.

All performances were in Busan, South Korea, except at Maum Hyang Gi hospital, and included the famed Busan Cultural Center, Busan City Park, Sae-Woo-Ri Concert Hall, So-Min Arts Center, Shin-Se-Gae Concert Hall, Busan Medical City, Christian Business Men's Committee, Space-UM Gallery, Busan Foreign Language High School, Sam-Sung Girls’ High School, Ever Green Seniors’ School, Dong-Eun Presbyterian Church, Suk-Po Presbyterian Church, Ae-Kwang Presbyterian Church and Dong-Nae Central Presbyterian Church.

The group performed for diverse audiences and was also able to provide feedback and instruction on student performances in various educational settings. The repertoire of the group is quite diverse, but can be classified broadly as jazz with strong influences of the popular Brazilian musical styles such as samba and bossa nova.

Eight hundred people were in attendance at the Busan Cultural Central which was the largest performance.
Floyd said, “We were extremely busy and performed it seemed like for every person in Busan. We certainly helped to spread the word of God and also the name of CU to many, many people.

“Each performance was memorable but for me the Cultural Center stands out as being the highlight. It is a great venue that was greatly promoted. The audience of around 800 was very appreciative of our music.”

Budai said the group has been invited back to perform next year in Seoul.

“We had several excellent opportunities to promote Campbellsville University to the general population of South Korea,” he said.

Two newspaper articles were published twice with circulation over one million people. They were featured on a TV news program, which was broadcast twice to the entire southern half of South Korea, and they appeared on a Christian radio station.

For more information about the trip and the School of Music, contact Budai at whbudai@campbellsville.edu or at (270) 789-5342.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.

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