Sejong Cultural Society Chicago, USA

We are currently in the process of renovating our website.

At the moment, the upcoming Sejong Music Competition,
2008 writing competition and
2008 music composition sections will direct you to our new site;
however, the rest is not yet complete.

Current Events:
Music Competition

5th Annual Sejong Music Competition (Vioin, Cello, Piano)

November 16 (Sunday), 2008

Competition Location:
Fine Arts Building,
PianoForte Chicago Studio

- Detailed info on the 2008 Sejong Music Competition

- 2008 Repertoire Book (Piano | Violin & Cello)

- Prior years winners and winners concert performance video clips.

Sejong Cultural Society
Photos 2006 | 2005
Video Clips ( Music Competition Winners' Performance & Other Concert):
 Jan 2008 Video Clip | Nov 2007 Video Clip | Jan 2007Video Clip | Jan 2006Video Clip | Jan 2005Video Clip | East Meets WestVideo Clip

Past Events

Music Competitions

4th Annual Sejong Music Competition Winners Concert and Award Ceremony (January 13, 2008)
Winners Concert | Video Clips Jan 2008 Video Clip | Program Book


4th Annual Sejong Music Competition November 18 (Sunday) 2007
Winners List  |  Judges |   Korean American TV CH 41 News Clip

2004 - 2006

Writing Competitions

2006 - 2007
Music Composition Competition

2008 International Sejong Music Composition Competition

- The winners of the music composition competition have been announced!

1st Korean-American Music Composition Competition
Winners | Judges
Special Concert
"East Meets West", Music with Korean Themes (Aug. 19, 2006, Ganz Hall)
Part of the Silk Road Chicago Project.
Concert Info | Program Book Images | Video ClipsVideo |
News Paper Article |
Benefit Concerts
4th Annual Sejong Benefit Concert
May 17, 2008: Detailed Information.
2006 - 2007
Congratulations ! 
2nd Sejong International Music Composition Competition Winners (2008)
First Place

Eun-ho ChangEun-ho Chang 장은호
Daegu, South Korea

Sanjo for violin solo

Second Place

In Won KangIn Won Kang 강인원
Seoul, South Korea

Baet Norae: Barcarolle (뱃노래) for cello solo

Third Place

Heeyoung YangMisook Kim
Naperville, IL, USA

JOY of Ong-He-Ya for violin solo

Honorable Mentions

Inhwa Song 송인화
Daegu, South Korea

Parangsae for piano solo

Heeyoung Yang 양희영
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Milyang for piano solo

Winners' bio and notes on the winning pieces
3rd Annual Sejong Writing Competition Winners (2008)
Sijo Category

1st - Jacob Diamond (Weston, FL),
2nd - James Merideth (Vienna, VA),
3rd (tie) - Michael Chung (Los Angeles, CA),
3rd (tie) - Janelle Torres (Brooklyn, NY)

Honorable Mention - "Friend of Pacific Rim" Award:
Troi Ellick (Brooklyn, NY), Yanil Hernandez (Brooklyn, NY), Jason Hitner (Chantilly, VA), Arlene Santos (Chicago, IL), Tiara Stewart (Sugar Land, TX), Ae Youn (Rochester, NY)

 Winners list page

Essay Category
Senior Division

1st - Susan Yoojin Lee (La Canada, CA),
2nd - Sara White (Wahiawa, HI),
3rd - Bori Ha (Albany, CA)

Honorable Mention - "Friend of Pacific Rim" Award:
Sai Challapalli (Schaumburg, IL), Krystal Le (Sugar Land, TX), Claire Lee (Inverness, IL), Michael Lee (Rockville, MD), Victor Mori (Oceanside, CA), Douglas Riechel (La Canada, CA), Connie Suh (La Canada, CA), Jasmine Wang (San Diego, CA), Lindsey Weintraub (Northfield, NJ), Victoria Youn (Fairfax, VA)


Junior Division

1st - Julia Triesch (Sugar Land, TX),
2nd (tie) - Sharon Bae (Algonquin, IL),
2nd (tie) - Richard Chung (Los Angeles, CA),
3rd - none

Honorable Mention - "Friend of Pacific Rim" Award:
Michael Maciel (Sugar Land, TX), Sarah Bohyun Kim (Glenview, IL), Catherine Ryu (Lincolnshire, IL), Vivian Chan (Poquoson, VA), Daniel Ahn (Glenview, IL),

Sr. and Jr. division winners list page




4th Annual Sejong Music Competition Winners (Nov 18. 2007)
Senior Division
Junior Division
  1st Place
Paul Juhn
Senior Division
Junior Division
  1st Place
Samantha Bennett
Gallia Kastner
Senior Division
  1st Place
Benjamin Lash

Sejong Music Competition Winners
Photo by Myong Suk Suh
(Competition on 11/18/2007 at UIC, Winners Concert on 1/13/2008 at Ganz Hall)

Photo from the
4th Annual Sejong Music Competition Award Ceremony and Winners Concert,
Jan 13, 2008, Ganz Hall, Chicago

Newspaper articles: 1/15/08 1/17/08
Video clips from the Winners Concert
Concert Program Book




"...over the past few years, the Sejong Cultural Society has diligently worked
to promote Korean music and culture to the community
through music, writing and music composition competitions, and in turn has
also greatly contributed to passing down our cultural heritage
to the young Korean-Americans.
I hope these efforts continue for many years to come and
I wish for great success in all of the endeavors of
the Sejong Cultural Society..."
~ Wook Kim, Consul General, Republic of Korea.( August 19, 2006 )

" ... Through its hard work and dedication,
the Sejong Cultural Society has
promoted music, literature and the fine arts
utilizing traditional Korean themes..."
~ Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago ( August 19, 2006 )




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5th Sejong Music Competition - November 16 (Sunday), 2008 at Fine Arts Building, Chicago
"Simply Irresistible Recipes" from Friends of the Sejong Cultural Society.
A perfect gift for your family and friends! Explore delightfully simple and delicious recipes from the friends of the Sejong Cultural Society. Purchase on-line.
Sejong Benefit Concert - May 17 (Saturday) 7:30 PM
- Enjoy an evening of beautiful music performed by the internationally renown Lincoln Trio and winners of the Sejong Music Competition at a private home in Barrington Hills and support Sejong Cultural Society..

Answer to a question from a Writing Competition Applicant

Q: "The rules/guidelines do not provide a clear answer to whether or not a person can apply to both the sijo and the essay. It is clear that the participant can only send one entry per essay/sijo. So can a person participate in both the sijo and essay competition?" ~ an applicant

A: " Yes. Applicant can participate in either or both categories. One entry only in each category." ~Sejong Cultural Society.

We have been expanding our programs and we are outgrown our current website structure. Our new webmaster has been working on a new website for Sejong Cultural Society and it has been partially completed .... "Sejong Writing Competition" section has been completed at the new site. You will be directed to the new website for information on "Sejong Writing Competition". As more sections are completed at the new website, we will make links to the new site. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an e-mail to
Mr. Edward Kwan Rim is contributing $1,000 to the 2008 Sejong Writing Competition. As in 2007, the $1,000 will be split among the selected applicants and awarded as "Friend of Pacific Rim" awards. Mr. Rim has been providing "Friend of Pacific Rim" awards since 2006. Thank you Mr. Rim.
Video clips of January 13, 2008 Sejong Music Competition Winners Concert
Korea Times Newspaper Announcement (in Korean) on the 2nd Sejong Music Composition Competition
Korea Times Newspaper articles on the 2008 Sejong Winners Concert and Winners
Korean American TV, WOCH Ch 41 Evening News video clip on the 4th Sejong Music Competition has been posted - courtesy of Korean American TV.
Korea Times news articles on the 4th Sejong Music Competition - Announcement of winners (11/20/07), Judges comments (11/21/07)
4th Annual Sejong Music Competition Winners List and Judges' bios. Congratulations!
Winners Concert on January 13, 2008 (Sunday) at Ganz Hall, Michigan Ave. Chicago.
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We are moving to a new website . . .
Currently "Writing Competition" section has been completed at the new site.
We will move all the contents gradually to the new website with a new design.
Thank you.

Sejong Cultural Society
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