Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra has been known as a pioneer who created new ways to communicate with audiences in the field of Korean traditional music. Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra was founded in 1999, by a group of students in the Korean traditional music program at the graduate school of Cultural Heritage Sookmyung Women's University. The appearance of Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra raised quick attention from the public as it was the first musical group of its kind in the world of Korean traditional music. Since its inception, Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra has made its great efforts to transmit various kinds of music in the beautiful harmony of gayageum ensemble. Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra's performance repertoire covers from western classical music such as Vivaldi's Four Season, South American folk songs, Russian popular songs to Beatles hit songs like 'Let It Be', 'Hey Jude', 'Yellow Submarine' etc, not to mention the high level of original Korean traditional music pieces. Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra's work quickly won much attraction from both young and old audiences, and led to busy performance schedule around the year. Sookmyung's recent performance with a B-boy group for a TV commercial, 'Last for One,' has won public favor.
Sookmyung has an ambitious plan to continue this development, including a tour around the world giving new type of concerts for Gayageum and Haegeum (Korean traditional two-stringed vertical fiddle) ensemble, for new interpretation of court music, called Jung-ak, which was enjoyed by scholars during Joseon period. Sookmyung has also a plan to introduce new music pieces for Gayageum Byeongchang, a type of gayageum performance which accompanies vocal. Sookmyung now employs about 30 players and runs several small performing groups depending on the specific type of repertoire and stage.