Discipline: Music Composition

Sunyeong Pak

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Natick, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Sunyeong Pak is a composer and pianist whose work seeks a highly refined sense of orchestration, imaginative process, and interdisciplinarity. Sunyeong’s compositional interests have centered on visualizing musical performance by employing theatrical aspects, and her pieces have been supported with grants from the Ministère de la Culture, Royaumont Fondation in France, and the Arts Council in Korea.

Pak’s works have been performed and/or commissioned by several ensembles in Europe, the U.S., and South Korea, including Ensemble Court-Circuit, Meitar Ensemble, Ulysses Ensemble, University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, Ensemble Multilatérale, Les Métaboles, ECCE Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Yarn/Wire, and Avanti Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Her works have been performed at numerous venues such as the Académie Voix Nouvelles (Royaumont Fondation), June in Buffalo, ARCO (Marseille, France), Yarn/Wire Institute, Etching Festival (Auvillar, France), and Sävellyspaja (Porvoo, Finland).

At MacDowell, Pak worked on a piece titled The Moment IV for 5 Musicians. In this piece, she proposed to make associations between each moment and gesture to provide the audience a new listening experience. This piece is the fourth in her project “The Moment” and has been supported with grants from Seoul Cultural Foundation 2020 and Arts Council Korea 2022.


Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)

Sunyeong Pak worked in the Van Zorn (formerly Kirby) studio.

Constructed thanks to a bequest from Sarah L. Kirby, Kirby Studio was the last new building to be erected during Mrs. MacDowell’s leadership (1907-1951). The load-bearing masonry walls were laid by local mason Augustus Beaulieu atop a fieldstone foundation. A 1995 renovation preserved the brick fireplace with wooden mantel and…

Learn more