C.A. Johnson Full-Time Orchestra Program
Coming Fall 2021 –
Under the leadership of Dr. Nisan AK, C.A. Johnson H.S. will implement a Full-time Orchestra Program and a Chorus Program in the Fall of 2021. Dr. Ak was recently hired to be the full-time conductor for both programs.
Dr. Ak is the founder and the music director of the Bruch Chamber Orchestra (BCO). In addition to its unique position of being an all-female executive team, a rarity in the classical music world who are all under the age of 30, the BCO is the first student-filled, professionally oriented orchestra in Columbia, South Carolina, and surrounding regions. The BCO prides itself on being dedicated to giving young musicians professional experience in a chamber setting.
Dr. Ak is an avid supporter of the accessibility of classical music for everyone and not only elites. She has a YouTube channel named #herkesicinklasikmuzik (classical music for everyone) where she explains excerpts of classical music without using musical jargon and terms. The channel is in her native Turkish with English subtitles which reached over 26,000 followers in only 6 months.
A graduate of Istanbul State Fine Arts High School, Dr. Ak started composing at the age of 15 and was subsequently accepted to Istanbul Bilgi University where she got a chance to compose frequently. Her last piece was commissioned by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC in 2019. She is a graduate of the City University of New York’s Masters of Music program and has a doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina.
In meeting with Dr. Ak, she feels very welcomed and supported. She is currently recruiting for the orchestra and preparing the instruments for the class. One of her goals for the program is to invite professional musicians to the campus for chamber music concerts and workshops. She is very exciting to be here and hope to meet her students soon!