Soon Hee Newbold (1974 – ) is a South Korean-born American composer of full orchestra, concert band, and film works. Newbold started piano studies at age 5, and later violin at age 7—this early preparation led her to a fruitful solo career, with appearances at major venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. She now composes music in a wide range of settings, many pedagogical in nature for our next generation of musicians.
“American Landscape” is Newbold’s representation of a journey across the United State’s rich natural landscape through an important historical American symbol: the train. A lush, lyrical melody soars over a pulsating rhythmic harmony across the orchestra, giving the driving effect of a train traveling along the countryside, passengers looking out and admiring the sights. Like the promise of the American dream, Newbold’s work is inspiring, upbeat, and hopeful.
Here’s what the musicians have to say about it:
This piece makes me feel happy and gives me hope. – Hannah Ha, Violin 2
Mrs. Stevenson has stated that we should memorize more of our parts and look up at her, so that we can play together. This has helped me follow the tempo of the entire orchestra and play the piece more accurately. -Ethan Lee, flute
I’m having fun playing it as a part of the orchestra. Not only does the orchestra sound great, but it also makes me happy and feel fortunate that I am able to play in the orchestra of SYSO. -Maximus Kim, Violin 2