Alumni Spotlight

Where are they now?

Jaehyuk You '14

Jaehyuk (Jack You -- A.B.’14, J.D.’21) is a J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School. He was a co-principal clarinetist and financial manager of HRO. At Harvard, he was a Social Studies concentrator, studying international politics and philosophy. After graduation, he worked as a special assistant for the Army four-star general at the Korea-US joint military command, where his mission was to improve the integration of Korean and US forces through operational training and military diplomacy. He hopes to work on international trade and security policy after law school, but he is happy to see where life takes him. His fondest memories from HRO are learning to salsa dance in Havana, eating falafels at Tel Aviv, playing pranks on the French Horns in rehearsal, and of course, drinking the HRO punches in retreat :P

Lee Ann Song '15

Lee Ann Song (A.B.'15, Neuroscience and secondary in Global Health and Health Policy) is not in medical school! Instead, she went to Argentina on a Rockefeller Fellowship to learn jazz improvisation, Latin dance, and contemporary dance; hike through the Patagonias, Brazil, and Peru; teach music to children with special needs in Peru; do Bikram yoga and Crossfit; get into Wing Tsun martial arts; and cook for loved ones. Last spring, she completed a culinary arts certificate program at BU and spent the summer teaching cooking at a summer camp in Hawaii. She's now back in Boston and loving the hustle of working three part time jobs that challenge her while giving her the flexibility to continue learning and engaging in creative activities. In the spirit of marrying her interest in health and food, she currently works part time at the Tuft's Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy's Nutrition and Entrepreneurship program. She also works as a culinary assistant at BU and stages at fancy restaurants around Boston from time to time. Finally, she is an application mentor with Crimson Education, helping international students tell their stories and apply for college in the US.

Lee Ann played cello in HRO all four years of college, in a chamber music group almost every semester, and was the social chair HRO. She has so many fond memories of HRO it's hard to pick just one: Singing and dancing (to Gangnam Style), glamping under the stars of Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan; eating twitchy octopus in Busan; playing some hacked up version of Beethoven's 9th and "happy birthday" with Yo Yo Ma for Harvard's 375th anniversary celebration; the amazing, luscious cello solos in Tosca; performing for Filipino street children on the beautiful island of Mindoro; finally learning how to make Fed's kissy noises and getting invited to his pasta dinners; and realizing that playing music was one of the few things that still made sense/made her happy.   

 

Lee Ann is co-chair of the HRO Foundation Board's Student and Alumni Outreach Committee because she has a hard time letting HRO go, and wants to help foster a stronger relationship between the students and the Foundation.


 

Matt Aucoin ‘12

MacArthur Fellowship

https://www.macfound.org/fellows/1003/

Matthew Aucoin ’12, composer/conductor, was recently named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. He’s currently at work on a new opera based on Sarah Ruhl’s play Eurydice, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and the Los Angeles Opera, as well as a string quartet for the Brentano Quartet and other chamber/orchestral pieces. He is the co-artistic director of the American Modern Opera Company.

 

Matt especially remembers conducting Wagner on an HRO retreat, back when he had absolutely no business conducting Wagner. He is eternally grateful to his HRO colleagues for putting up with him. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @aucoincomposer

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