EDISON — Phil Kim has been playing the contrabass clarinet for only two years, but he’s already become advanced enough to earn very special instrumental recognition.
After a successful audition at J.P. Stevens High on January 20, Kim, of Edison, a student at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, was selected as a member of the All-State Symphonic Band.
“It’s a great honor to play in that kind of band and meet people who are so good,” Kim said. “It’s a pleasure to play with them.”
Kim had a five-hour rehearsal with the All-State Band in South Brunswick on Thursday, Feb. 2 to prepare for the big show, an All-State Concert on Feb. 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
“I am delighted that Phil will have the opportunity to play in the New Jersey All-State Band,” said Jane Brown, the W-H instrumental music instructor. “It is a thrilling experience to play music at this level of difficulty with other high school students from around the state. It is also an honor and wonderful experience to perform in New Jersey’s premiere concert hall, NJPAC.”
Kim said the instrument is very similar to the bass clarinet, which he has been playing for two years. The sound is different because the notes are in a lower range. Brown noted that the fingering techniques on the two instruments are the same but the muscle memory is different.
In his audition, Kim was judged on three sections: Scales, Solo and Sight Reading. He played his favorite piece, Sonata No. 6 by Vivaldi, for his solo.