D.M. Indiana University
M.M. Yale University
B.A., M.M. Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea)
A native of Seoul, South Korea, I am the Director of Music Ministries and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Belmont, N.C. and an Artist-in-Residence at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C. Praised for having "drive and energy, coupled with the ability to tenderly shape a musical line," (The Journal, AAM). I was awarded both the First Prize (Lilian Murtagh Memorial Prize) and the Audience Prize in the 2010 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, which was held at the 50th national convention of the Guild in Washington, D.C.
I have concertized throughout the United States, Europe, and South Korea. Significant recent venues in which I have performed include the Washington National Cathedral, Duke University Chapel, the Cathedral of St. Philip (Atlanta), the Cadet Chapel of the United States Air Force Academy, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, and the Cathedral of the Madeleine (Salt Lake City).
I have played at the invitation of numerous AGO chapters and was a featured artist at the 2012 AGO National Convention and a featured artist at the 2015 AGO Great Lakes and the 2013 AGO Southeast regional conventions. Also in 2013, I was a featured performer at the national convention of the Association of Anglican Musicians. Additionally, I have performed as soloist with orchestras featuring concerti by Poulenc and Handel. My first commercial recording was released in early summer 2011 on the Pro Organo label, and features 20th century organ music performed on the C.B. Fisk organ (opus 135) at Indiana University. My second recording was released in summer 2017 on the Raven label and was recorded at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte. I am currently an adjunct instructor of organ at Davidson College.
I have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yonsei University in Korea, during which time I served as organist of the Seoul Anglican Cathedral. In 2004, I moved to the United States to continue my studies at Yale University and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where I earned a second master's degree and was awarded the Julia R. Sherman Prize for excellence in organ playing. I am continuing my doctoral studies at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. At Indiana University, I was a recipient of the inaugural Jacobs Scholarship and also served as an associate instructor of organ. My teachers include Dr. Tong-Soon Kwak, Dr. Martin Jean, and Dr. Christopher Young.