Name: Henry Suong
Hometown: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Academic path: Majoring in communications at University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC)
Scholarship support: Harris Peterson Non-traditional Study Abroad Scholarship, Charles T. Meyer Memorial Scholarship, George French Endowed Music Scholarship
Music in his life: Soung grew up playing the piano, then quit as a teenager. After arriving at UMC, he changed his tune. “I was really in love with the song ‘Let’s Save the World’ by Swedish House Mafia. I knew that if I could find the music sheets, I could learn it on the piano,” he says. He’s been at the keyboard ever since.
Performances: Suong has given public piano performances on and off campus, including at the Empire Theater in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and the Masonic Lodge in Crookston.
Why music matters: “Sharing music is one of the best feelings. It’s the wonders of music that sometimes bring us together.”
What drives him: “Playing the piano isn’t just fun, it also is a stress-reliever. When I close my eyes and let my hands go to work, I feel at peace and in sync with myself.”
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