Orchestra Drama Llama

You’ve heard all the rumors, but Blueprint’s got the truth.

Over the past couple years, KIS has been through some dynamic changes: the one-three test regulation, the no-flip-flops rule, the prospective 8th block, and many more that more or less improved the lives of the KISians. However, there was one recent change in the music department that was a stifling shock to many. This catastrophic change baffled the prospective AP Music Theory students, unimaginably distressed the Tri-M officers, and left nine current juniors with an empty, extra block. 

So what exactly was this disaster?

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Recently, what seemed to be an easy time of course registration became a time of pure frustration for many current orchestra students as Dr. Kang, the HS and MS orchestra teacher, shortened the number of prospective orchestra members. The choice was highly upsetting especially because of the specific group of people that were removed. Turns out, the current 11th graders who did not attend KIMEA were the majority of the elimination list.

Some were understanding…

  • “Since I’ve been in orchestra for a few years now, it was hard to imagine a school year without it. Although we don’t know the exact reasons why many juniors got cut from orchestra this year, whatever decision Dr. Kang made probably has a reasonable purpose behind it… sadly.” — Anonymous (’16)


But some were not…

  • “To my 541 word email I had sent her, she simply replied, ‘Please let me know if you would like to take Concert Orchestra next year.’ This upsets me the most: the fact that she could be so nonchalant about a class that meant the world to me.” — Anonymous (’16)


While some replied with pure anger: 

  • “This isn’t a hyperbole: we all know that all the juniors got cut because of [Dr. Kang’s] pure hatred towards the class of 2016. No matter how hard we try to understand her decision, it,  really, is impossible to do.” – Anonymous (‘16)


Olivia Kim (’16) is one of the few that has managed to a sound remedy for this disaster.

Blueprint: How do you feel about this sudden, unexpected news?

OK: At first, I was devastated; it was a tragedy. However, now, I have hope for new beginnings!

BP: So, what are you gonna do now? What’s your plan/solution?

OK: I will be taking Advanced Theater next year. Acting was always my hidden dream, and I’m excited to discover more of it next year.


Every turmoil has its lesson, and this one – despite the anger and confusion – has something we can learn from as well. This mishap might not merely be a “high-school” drama. In fact, it may happen again. No matter how far or how intricately we plan for our future, there are things that we have zero control over, and—fortunately, or unfortunately—we need to be okay with that. Adjustability and forgiveness seem to be the key in life.


– Lina Oh (’16)
Header: Faith Choi (’16)

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