Good Neighbor Ensemble was founded in March of 2001 by the volunteers of the Good Neighbor Ministry. The eleven original members were middle-school aged children of these volunteers, who were gathered together and lead by music director Jina Choi in order to perform classical and religious music for the lonely regidents of local nursing homes.
After its maiden concert at the Woodcrest Health Care Center in April of 2001, the ensemble has gone to perform at twenty nursing homes located throughout Bergen and Passaic county every month.
The Ensemble not only performs for the residents of these New Jersey nursing homes, but for churches and local organizations as well, including the Riverside church, New York, United Methodist Churches in Englewood, Hillsdale, Paramus, Wayne, and the yearly event of the Korean-American Association of New Jersey.
In addition, the ensemble performs in an annual charity event. In past years, performances have been held to raise funds to support starving children in North Korea, victims of the tsunami in both Indonesia and Japan, the disabled poor, North Korean orphans who have become refugees in China, and orphans of Haiti.
The Ensemble has been lead by Jina Choi, Cheolwoo Nam, Kisun Sung, Yusik Kim, and Khullip Jeong over the past twelve years, and now includes over thirty young musicians on the violin, viola, cello and flute.
These dedicated members rehearse every Tuesday, and perform at nursing homes twice a month to spread joy and comfort through their music.