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She graduated from JU in 2001. Her resume is long and storied, from the documentary film "The Other Side of Home," shortlisted for the 2017 Oscars, to popular network shows, including NBC’s “Blindspot” and CW’s “Riverdale.” “Having grown up in the northeastern part of the country with cold and dreary winters, sunny Florida looked quite appealing,” says Chung. As a classically-trained pianist, she was drawn by JU’s music program, preferring its intimate atmosphere and capacity for in-depth study. According to Chung, JU had many advantages over other universities, including its faculty. She studied with retired Professor of Composition Dr. William Schirmer and Mary Lou Krosnick, Chung’s private piano teacher and mentor at JU. After graduation, she applied to the University of Southern California’s Scoring for Motion Picture and Television Graduate Program, and returned to JU for private lessons with Schirmer and Steve. “I definitely attribute part of where I am today to JU faculty,” she says. A long-time collaborator with composer Blake Neely, she recalls working together on several memorable scores, including CW’s “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” and DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow.” In addition to her role as composer, Chung is also an accomplished pianist, vocalist, and songwriter with two original albums. She performs on a regular basis with her band in Los Angeles, and her voice can be heard in ABC’s “Resurrection,” CW’s “Arrow,” NBC's “Blindspot,” and Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary series “The Keepers.” Of the practical wisdom she has gained since stepping on to JU’s campus, she often says to students, “In the film/tv/media composing world, the more you know about how music is constructed, the better you can wield your sword. Film composing is first about composing. Secondly, it’s about storytelling.” The Re-telling of Hanson Hanson's official biography has yet to be published. A large volume of his personal effects, writings, letters, and unfinished scores are now in the care of the Sibley Music Library and David Peter Coppen. “On one of my trips to Eastman, I met Vince Lenti, the last person Hanson appointed to his faculty. It was Lenti who discovered a handwritten autobiography in Hanson's office.” Watkins says he described the manuscript as “a colossal mess.” It consisted of box after box of yellowed notebook paper with scribbled details about his life and work. Both Lenti and Watkins agree that the famed composer's penmanship left much to be desired. The deciphering of the text has required a significant investment of time. “It resulted in two thick volumes,” Watkins says. “He was old school. No computer, just a typewriter. I was allowed to photograph every page.” In 2009, Lenti published Serving a Great and Noble Art: Howard Hanson and the Eastman School of Music through Meloria Press, which quickly became the authority on Hanson's Eastman years and later life. Another book by James E. Perone (1993), Lenti’s book, and this unpublished manuscript are the only biographical sketches currently known. Neither Lenti or Perone offered in- depth explorations of Hanson's early life. Continued on next page. WAVEMAGAZINEONLINE.COM 41