About Music Inspires

Chamber Music | OC’s Music Inspires Program is a new educational initiative designed to provide world-class music education for underserved communities throughout Orange County. Designed to develop instrumental competency and self-confidence while encouraging collaboration and teamwork through the art of chamber music, participants of the Music Inspires Program will experience the positive impacts of music while being immersed in Chamber Music | OC’s wide program offerings. The initiative will develop a lifelong appreciation for the arts and will positively impact participant’s social and academic performance through the introduction of creative learning processes. In collaboration with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, Music Inspires represents the only full-scholarship music program of its kind taking place on a top university campus.

Leadership

The Music Inspires Program is co-directed by Dr. Kevin Kwan Loucks, President of Chamber Music | OC, and April Kim, Assistant Director of Chamber Music | OC’s distinguished Young Artist Program. Faculty will include the international chamber music ensemble Trio Céleste, Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and other top music educators throughout Southern California.

Dr. Kevin Kwan Loucks enjoys a multifaceted career as international concert artist, educator, and arts entrepreneur. He has been described as “impeccable” (La Presse, Montreal), “a shining talent” (Völser Zeitung, Italy), “a pianist of exhilarating polish, unity and engagement” (The Orange County Register, California), and in 2015, was named one of Orange County, California’s most influential people by OC Weekly. He has earned ovations from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, to Prösels Castle in Italy, the Kennedy Center, Kumho Art Hall and Seoul Arts Center in South Korea, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Lichtenstein Palace in Prague. A Korean-American adoptee and graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Dr. Loucks employs a diverse skill set that has inspired the cultivation, development, and leadership of creative projects across various platforms worldwide. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University where he studied entrepreneurship, finance, management, and strategy, and also attended Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he studied marketing and innovation, brand management, and digital marketing strategy.
April Kim is a Korean-American violinist who seeks to utilize her dual-cultural background and musical passion to communicate with others. Kim graduated from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at University of California, Irvine, where she was a Rawlins Scholar from 2009 to 2013 as a student of Professor Haroutune Bedelian. She also studied chamber music with Dr. Lorna Griffitt, Professor Nina Scolnik, and conducting with Dr. Stephen Tucker. In addition, Kim performed in masterclasses for Eugene Drucker and Emanuel Ax through Chamber Music | OC’s Young Artist Program. As an educator, Kim has taught violin at public elementary schools throughout Southern California and currently maintains a private studio in Orange County. Kim is a frequent participant in Chamber Music | OC’s various Community Outreach events and enjoys performing different genres of music including contemporary, jazz, and pop with artists including Faith Evans and Common Kings. Kim continues to study violin with Dr. Iryna Krechkovsky and is the Assistant Director of Chamber Music | OC’s Young Artist Program. She plans to attend business school in the fall of 2017.