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Musician 1st Class Samuel Doo-Sik Chin

MU1 Samuel Chin


Musician 1st Class Sam Doo-sik Chin, a native of Seoul, South Korea, became a naturalized United States citizen in 2005.  He received a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, receiving merit-based scholarships from both institutions. His teachers include Douglas Cornelson, Deborah Chodacki, and Daniel Gilbert. 

Before joining the Navy, Chin performed with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, National Symphony Summer Institute Orchestra, Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. He was a prize-winner in the 1998 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ (NFAA) Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS). As a strong advocate of music and arts education, Chin spent four seasons on the staff of Michigan Youth Ensembles. 

In 2005, Chin auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Following recruit training at RTC Great Lakes, he reported for duty as clarinetist with the marching band and ceremonial units. He also performs with the Clarinet Quartet. Chin's collateral duties are Command Leading Petty Officer (LPO), Marching Band LPO, Assistant Drum Major, Minor Property Manager, Building Safety Supervisor, Enlisted Representative for USNA Korean-American Midshipmen Association, and Ceremonial Conductor.

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