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Percussionist With a Full Plate

February 04, 2019 School of Music

Eric Shin Maryland Today

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.