Empowering the next generation of gifted musicians to further their knowledge through scholarships for graduating seniors pursuing a musical degree.
The D.K. Kim Foundation has supported Asia America Symphony Association (AASA) since 2013. Mr. Kim first became involved with the Symphony by establishing an annual scholarship fund for students in their senior year, who are actively pursuing higher education in music studies.
In 2016, the D.K. Kim Foundation provided an opportunity to begin an uncommon friendship between the youth symphony of AASA and the Dream Orchestra from South Korea. The Foundation sponsored the Dream Orchestra to fly from South Korea to California to perform in the “Seoul meets Soul” joint concert. The friendship grew in June of 2018 when the AASA youth symphony flew to South Korea to join the Dream Orchestra for another benefit concert.
Mr. Kim believes that participating in these cross-cultural events strengthens the friendship between Korea and the United States. Each orchestra has had the opportunity to experience another culture, embrace different customs and music, and ultimately walk in someone else’s shoes. The D.K. Kim Foundation believes these types of events are life changing for our youth as they work together towards a common goal.