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Percussionist With a Full Plate

February 04, 2019 School of Music


School of Music Faculty Member bangs the drum for Korean comfort food at new College Park eatery

By Carly Taylor ’19  | Maryland Today

Eric Shin indulges his passion for percussion as a faculty member in the School of Music and principal percussionist in the National Symphony Orchestra. But growing up in a food-loving Korean-American family led him to take on a new kind of gig.  

In 2016, Shin founded SeoulSpice, which serves what he calls Korean comfort food with a fast-casual twist. He opened the newest location in College Park's Terrapin Row in November after hearing comments from students and other community members about a need for more diverse dining options.

His mother, who owned a Korean restaurant in Atlanta, has always focused on traditional dishes. When eating out with friends, Shin often assumed the role of “Korean food guide” to help navigate a menu that can be an overwhelming for the uninitiated.

Read the complete story in Maryland Today.