On Deck with Joseph Baik



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Amy Faust covers a lot of musical territory with 16 year-old clarinetist Joseph Baik, who will be performing a solo piece at Carnegie Hall this fall.

A student at Sunset High, Joseph started playing music before he can even remember, and after a stint with Metropolitan Youth Symphony that was “fun and life-changing”, he made the switch this past season to the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra (He’s just been accepted into their Philharmonic Orchestra).

While he loves classical and contemporary music, he is also a passionate fan of hip hop, fashion, and swimming, which he does competitively. This combination keeps him so busy that he says he can literally fall asleep anywhere. Joseph’s parents both come from very musical families in Korea, and he’s grateful for the way they encourage him but allow him to make his own decisions.

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