I am a pianist and also a mother. Being a mother is a physically and mentally exhausting work. Being a performing artist is also physically and psychologically very demanding work, in totally different ways. Doing both at the same time presents a very specific kind of challenges, problems, and questions. Questions I did not know I would ever be asking – such as “What should I do with the breast pump when I perform out of town?” (and believe me, that one was so ridiculous to figure out!) Since my family is in Korea, and I don’t live in a place with a closely knit friends in a similar situation, I had to learn many things the hard way. My saving grace was that I started spending my summer at the Brevard Music Center since my baby was 6 months old! BMC has so many wonderful music families with musician moms juggling through the same challenges I faced. But it was astonishing to me that there is so little support system and resource regarding this issue. Many of the mom groups on social media often focus on the babies and children. But I wanted to create something that would contribute to the wellness of the mothers and answer some of the questions I had, which younger friends of mine started asking me.
I started interviewing my amazing colleagues at the BMC. I also interviewed performers with whom I performed in chamber music concerts as well as a seasoned opera singer who has a grown up son. It’s been on my to-do list for a long time, and and I have finally started releasing them on my YouTube channel!
Episode 1, Part I
- PHYSICAL CHANGES: PRE & POST BABY
- WHEN TO GO BACK ON STAGE AFTER THE BABY
Episode 1, Part II
- TIME MANAGEMENT
- ONE BIG LESSON
With Violinist Irina Muresanu. Coming Soon!