Mixed chamber ensemble Some Assembly Required requires some assembly as we collaborate with composers, guest performers, and our audience in the production of exciting, atypical, and carefully curated concerts.
SAR was founded in early 2015 as a collaborative effort between Boston professional and freelance artists to provide their audience with a unique musical experience, frequently venturing into repertoire that is rarely heard in public performance.
Not accepting the limitations placed upon us by the small amount of repertoire available for our instrumentation, SAR starts by choosing music that we want to present and then finding a way to provide a meaningful presentation of the music by methods of arrangement and collaboration with others. The core members of the ensemble strive to design programs that go beyond the traditional concert format by bringing the performers, audience, and venue into close contact.
Programs by SAR have included a co-commission by composer Oliver Caplan, a re-imagining of Schubert's Trout Quintet, our own interpretation of Sate's Socrate (to be released on CD in 2017), Brahms Lieder, Saint-Saens' Carnival of Animals, Stravinsky's Octet, and much more. The 2017-2018 season features two new commissions by Ian Wiese and Tyler Kline, a beautiful and under-performed work by Franz Schreker, an event built around the connections of music and poetry, and our arrangement of Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires."
SAR has performed in venues from New York to Kentucky to Salem, MA, and of course in Boston, where we met and began working together. Our 2017-2018 season will find SAR returning to Salem, MA and Lexington, KY, and visiting more mid-west and southern states. Our series of concerts in Boston will take place in October, November, and February. See the 2017-2018 page for more details.
A native of Korea, Cholong Park received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Sang Myung University and earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Florida State University under the guidance of Dr. David Kalhous. Throughout Park’s active music career, she has developed a wide range of repertoire and discovered that chamber music, contemporary works, and piano pedagogy are her forte. She was a featured soloist performing works at the John Cage Festival, the Pre-college Piano Symposium, and the New Music Ensemble Concert at Florida State University. In May 2014, Park made her Carnegie Hall debut performing solo and ensemble works as an essential member of the new music ensemble, What Is Noise, as their pianist. Cholong Park is currently studying with Dean Wayman Chin in the Collaborative Piano program at Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Trombonist Justin Croushore is in demand as a performer across many boundaries of musical style. As a classical musician, Justin performs regularly in various chamber groups and orchestras. Justin has served the position of second trombone with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra and also with the Cape Ann Symphony in Massachusetts. He is currently a member of Midwestern United States-based Auxilium Trombone Trio. Nationally recognized as a reggae musician, Justin has been thrice named a recipient of the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for best reggae/world music artist in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Currently residing in Cambridge, Massachusetts and maintaining an active career as a freelance performer and brass pedagogue; Justin holds degrees from Bard College, The Longy School of Music, and Morehead State University.
Justin has loved chamber music since he first found out about it at age 12, when he played in his first brass trio in Texas. Through college at NYU and at the New England Conservatory, he heard incredible musicians perform chamber music: is teacher Joe Anderer’s performance of the Brahms Trio when he was 18, and hearing another teacher, Jean Rife, perform the Brandenburg Concerto on CD at 22. Justin played with many student chamber ensembles and started his own ensemble, the Wenham Street Brass (2010-2014). In addition to work in chamber music, Justin has freelanced with many ensembles around New York and New England, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Mechanics, Hall, and the Shalin-Liu Center. Justin believes that audiences crave meaningful connections to music and the arts, and strives to engage with “Some Assembly Required” audiences by presenting exciting, thoughtful, challenging, and beautiful music.