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Soomin Kim, 18, started playing cello at the age of 7. She is currently a student of Amy Sue Barston at The Juilliard School Pre-college division. She has performed as a soloist with the NV orchestra, Dwight Englewood orchestra, and Korean American Youth Orchestra, where she was highly recognized for her passion and performance. She has also won numerous competitions and awards such as the 2020 YoungArts Honorable Mention, 2020 VIVO International Competition 1st prize, 2020 Vienna International Special Award, and 2020 Concert Festival Grand Prix Winner. As a chamber musician, Soomin has been invited to perform at the United Nations HeadQuarter. She has participated in music programs such as the Meadowmount School of Music, Oxford Music Academy, and Curtis Summerfest. As a member of an orchestra, she has worked with many esteemed artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Moreover, she has performed in astonishing venues such as the Alice Tully Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, King Abdullah II Cultural Center in Zarqa, and Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Soomin also loves to volunteer at various nonprofit organizations such as the Union City Music Project, Love Jordan Project, Back to Bach Project, and Good Neighbor Ensemble where she visited schools, libraries, senior homes across Northern New Jersey and Jordan to utilize her passion of music to aid underprivileged kids and communities.

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.