Sun Hee Kim
Collaborative Pianist & vocal coach
Dr. Sun Hee Kim is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach who has a successful professional career as a recital accompanist and a pedagogue. Dr. Kim received her doctoral degree in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Over the decade, Dr. Kim has appeared in numerous recitals and concerts throughout the United States, Canada, France, Italy, and Korea. Her featured performances include the White House Holiday Concert invited by President Obama in 2013. She has served Central State University in Ohio as Assistant Professor of Music and taught at Georgia Central University and Oglethorpe University as a dedicated music faculty.
Flutist Hanbyul Park received her Artist Diploma in Performing Art at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Before she began her life in the United States, She received a Bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University where she won several competitions with her ability to express relaxing and clear sound.
Her outstanding talent led to numerous experiences with orchestra and chamber music concerts as well as her soloist recital. During her years for Master’s degree from Kyungwon University, She won two times at the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra Competition and received first place at Kyungwon University Competition.
She has also won prizes at several competitions including, Music Journal Competition and Korea Flute Association.
Park has been featured with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Yonsei Sinfonietta Orchestra, and Seoul National Symphony Orchestra.
Soprano / Soom Soloist Ensemble Executive & Art Director
Soprano Jeeyeun Kim began to study voice at Yonsei University in Korea, and has two Master degrees in voice and choral conducting at Pittsburg State University. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in the winner’s recital for the Barry Alexander International Vocal competition winner’s recital and received several awards such as a first place winner in the West Central Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2012 and South East Kansas Symphony Orchestra Concerto Aria Competition. Acclaimed by ‘The Morning’ as ‘a performer with natural and excellent sense of stage, a deep understanding of the role, and a rich volume’, she has sung several main rolls in opera production as Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica(2013), Mimi in La Boheme(2014), and Donna Anna(2017) in Don Giovanni, Gilda in Rigoletto. In church music, singing Josquin Des Prez’s Missa Pange Lingua, Schubert Missa Solemnis in A flat, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart Vespers K 339 were favorably reviewed as a performer who correctly understands the era and the style.
Recently, she appeared in the French Art Song concert ‘Melodie’ hosted by the Atlanta Korean-American Scholarship Foundation, and co-promoted and appeared in opera ‘The Girl’s Story’ for the 2nd anniversary of the establishment of the Atlanta Status of Peace Task Force.
Dr. Alexis Lee made her first stage performance participating in The World Cello Congress III, performing as a member of Towson University Cello ensemble at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall and in the 200 Massed Cello Ensemble which took its performance at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland. She was an active member of the susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and York Symphony Orchestra later appeared as a soloist in year 2009 and 2013.
As a chamber musician and orchestra performer, her perfomance has taken her to venues throughout the US including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. Her extensive chamber music experience includes an invitation from the Beethoven Reserch Center sutdying and performing Beethoven’s op.132 with violinist Peter Zazofsky and Beethoven scholar Lewis Lockwood.
With her Bachelor of Music in performance from The Julliard School and Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in performance at Boston University with Rhonda Rider in 2016.
As a passionate chamber performer, she has performed with the Belmont Camerata, North End Music Arts Center, Voluntter Music for the Arts, The Boston Cello and Boston University Arts Outreach. She also has served as principal for Boston Chamber Symphony, NEMPAC Pera Project Chmaber Orchestra. .
Aside form her performance career, her inspiration comes from Opera Project Chamber and volunteering with nonprofit musical organizations. Dr. Lee has previously been on the cello and chamber faculty at Belmont University and adjudicated for the 2018 Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition and Alabama Orchestra Association. She is currently a member of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.
Dr. Lee studied with Cecylia Barczyk, David Soyer(Guarneri Quartet), Julia Lichten a and Marc Johnson(Vermeer Quartet).
Kyung-ah Elaine Shin
Cellist Elaine Shin made her first, public, solo performance with the New Seoul Philharmonic at the age of twelve in her home country Korea. After winning the numerous competitions in Korea and completing her middle school and high school education in some of the finest schools in Korea, she moved to the United States to study cello in a more competitive environment. Elaine was principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years. She was a top prizewinner at the Atlanta Music Federation Award and the International Korean Music Competition in 2007.
Active both as a performer and a teacher, Elaine was a member of Macon Symphony Orchestra and served on the teaching position for the junior students program of Aspen Music Festival and Innsbrook Music Festival. She has made solo and chamber music appearances at Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute, Brevard Music Festival, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival as a Beth Newdome Fellowship Resident Artist. Elaine has performed throughout Asia, USA and Europe in the prestigious concerts halls of Carnegie Hall in New York, Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Gonfalone Theater in Rome, Italy, Grand Opera House in Macon, Fickling Hall in Macon, Coax Auditorium and LG Arts Center in Seoul with internationally acclaimed artists Robert Spano, Robert McDuffie, Andres Diaz, Christopher Rex, Peter Wiley, Roberto Diaz, David Halen, Amy Shwartz Moretti, Saint Lawrence String Quartet and members of Atlanta, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, and MET orchestras.
Elaine received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She studied with Christopher Rex, Andres Diaz, Julie Albers, David Geber, Richard Aaron, Alan Stephansky, and Eleonore Schoenfeld. She had masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Peter Wiley, and Sara Sant’Ambrogio. These days she is a cello faculty at Greater Atlanta Christian School, a substitute cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and teaches privately and frequently performs for solo and chamber music recitals around the city of Atlanta.
Baritone Youngwoo Lee, studied vocal music in Joong-Ang University in Korea. As a long time member of the Korale, a Korean College Student Chorale, he made solo debut several times, and it led him to a professional choir singer.
As a head section leader of the Incheon City Chorale, he has participated various concerts including Europe Grand Tour and 1988 Seoul Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremony.
After coming to United State, he joined as a soloist of the Korean Choir of the Greater Kansas City and performed for the 50th Anniversary of the Consulate General of the Republic Korea in Chicago Tour Concert.
Principal flutist of Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, member of the Flute Choir of Atlanta and the Atlanta Flute Ensemble. She received a Performance Diploma from graduate school of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under Kathryn Lukas and graduated from J. M. Hauer Konservatorium der Stadt Wiener Neustadt in Austria under Arno Steinwider-Johannsen and studied at Wiener Konservatorium under Andrea Wild in Vienna, Austria. She graduated Sunhwa Arts high school in Seoul, Korea under Hae Young Kim & Myung Ja Moon. She won First prize for Woodwind section & Chamber section from International Music Competition Cittâ di Cortemilia, Italy. She performed as a soloist with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul Symphonie Orchestra. As a flutist of Orchestra of the Swan, she made tours in Austria and Germany. She performed Flute duo concert at Korean Embassy in Vienna, Austria.
Stella Kim is completing her DMA degree at the Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona. The winner of the Fred Fox School of Music Concerto competition in 2016, she played the Tchaikovsky Violin concerto in D major, Op.35(1878) with Arizona Symphony Orchestra. As the first violin of Quartet Lyrique, the quartet was invited to the St. Lawrence seminar in Vancouver, followed by giving performance tours in music conservatoires in China. As a member of the piano trio, her Trinity Trio was the winner of the ROSL competition and the finalist in Brahms International Competition in Austria. The trio gave performance tours in England, France, Scotland, New Zealand, and Thailand. As a New Zealand ambassador, she was invited to give a performance for the New Zealand embassy in Malaysia, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and the Philippines.
Jaeyoon Kim, a native of Seoul, Korea, earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of South Carolina where he was the recipient of the Carroll Taussig Opera Fellowship. Dr. Kim holds two master’s degrees, one in Choral Conducting from USC and a second in Vocal performance from College Conservatory of Music in the University of Cincinnati. He also earned an Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he apprenticed with the Lyric Opera Cleveland and was chosen to participate in the prestigious Cleveland Art Song Festival.
Dr. Kim has been praised for his lyric tenor repertoire. His operatic credits include the principal tenor roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, La Bohème, Gianni Schicchi, Don Pasquale, The Merry Widow and many others in the United States, South Korea, Italy and Austria. As an active oratorio soloist, Dr. Kim has also performed in Messiah, Elijah, Creation, St. Paul, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Verdi’s Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and many others. He made his debut on the European stage by performing the role of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy and later was invited to perform Beethoven’s Mass in C and Bizet’s Te Deum as a tenor soloist in the Varna International Music Festival in Bulgaria. He also appeared at the South Carolina Education TV for the production of Mozart’s Requiem, which he performed again with Augusta Symphony Orchestra, USC orchestra, and finally with USC Concert Choir at the Dürnstein Abbey, Austria. Most recently, he has been invited to perform the tenor solo of Verdi’s Requiem with Dohnanyi Orchestra at the northern cities in Italy, hosted by Varna International. As an equally comfortable singer of art songs, he has been presenting art song recitals with his wife and concert pianist, Dr. Seung-Ah Kim. In 2016, they released a CD, “Romantic Art Songs” featuring art songs by Donizetti, Bellini, Turina, Liszt, Duparc, Rachmaninoff and Tosti. Recently, they have presented recitals at Clemson University, Louisiana Tech University, East Tennessee University, La Sierra University, and many others.
Currently, he is a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he coordinates vocal studies and directs University Chorale. At UNCP, he has presented large choral works series with University Chorale including Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Pauken Mass, Dvořák’s Te Deum. Under his direction, UNCP’s auditioned chamber choir, Pembroke Singers, has been actively presenting choral concerts in local area and also had concert tours in Puerto Rico, in May of 2015 and Mexico City in Feb. 2016 and most recently, has been invited to present a concert session at NC ACDA Fall Conference in Oct. of 2017. Dr. Kim is also the Music Director at Hay Street United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, NC. From summer of 2019, Dr. Kim has joined voice faculty at Montecito International Music Festival in Riverside, California. Dr. Kim resides in Fayetteville with his wife and two daughters, Yuna and Angelina.
Sora Park Shepard
Solo & Collaborative Pianist
As a solo pianist and collaborator, Sora Park began winning awards and competitions at an early age. Graduating with honors from Sunwha Arts School and Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. Ms. Park moved to the United States to continue her musical pursuits. In the States she won Western Illinois University’s Concerto Competition, the Chancellor’s Concerto Competition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, was awarded the American Prize, and took first place in the Artist Presentation Society Competition in St. Louis. Ms. Park was most recently seen in concert with the Bach Aria Soloists in Kansas City, Missouri.
Un Chong Christopher
Heralded by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as “the most dramatic standout in the cast” for her role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, as a mezzo-soprano, Un Chong Christopher has performed the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Madame Larina in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, to name a few. She sings alto solos for oratorios and has been the resident Alto Soloist for the Bach Aria Soloists, since its inception in 1998. She has been collaborating with soprano Cheryl Clark in sacred concerts since 1998. She has toured throughout the Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi with the International Ministries.
She received B.M. in piano performance and M.M. in voice performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City-Conservatory of Music on full scholarship and graduate teaching assistantship in opera accompanying.
She has taught at William Jewell College, Rockhurst University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri at Kansas City-Conservatory of Music and Dance, and Calvary University.
Violinist Jeehaeng Lee graduated with honors at Hanyang University, studied with Prof. Joseph Eui-myung Kim in Korea, and continued her study abroad in the USA. She received her master’s degree (MM) at College- Conservatory of Music in the University of Cincinnati, under direction of Prof. Won-bin Yim and Piotr Milewski. Jeehaeng Lee enjoys a career performing in South Korea and in the United States. In Korea, as she won the Suwon University national competition, her talented and courageous playing was recognized. With her passionate in music, she has participated in Pyeong Chang International Music Festival (2009, 2010) and performed as a substitute member of Korean National Opera. As well as she made lots of solo recitals and chamber recitals at Robert J. Werner Hall and Watson Hall during her academic years in the USA, as an active member of JS Ensemble, she appeared in numerous orchestra and chamber music concerts in Cincinnati area. After moved in Atlanta, she has performed K-Classic concert and Beethoven 250’s celebration concert with Atlanta Sinfonia.
Dr. Sanghie Lee is an accomplished pianist. She won the Bronze Award of NTD International Piano Competition in 2019. She has won first prizes in many other competitions, including the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, where she also won a special award for Best Interpretation of an American Composer’s Work., and the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. She also won numerous first prizes at major competitions in Korea such as the Beethoven Piano Competition of Korea, Haneum Piano Competition, and Korea Piano Duo Association Competition.
Dr. Lee has been invited to perform at music festivals and recitals in the United States and Korea. Also, she performed with the Yonsei University Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the school’s Concerto Competition and the University of Cincinnati Orchestra.
An active chamber musician, Dr. Lee is the leader of piano trio Canorus, which won prizes at the 2017 OSTA (Ohio String Teachers Association) and the CCM Chamber Music Competition in 2015 & 2016. With other chamber groups, she has performed over 50 chamber recitals every year since 2013. Also, she won the Grand Prize for her piano duo recital performance at the Korea Piano Duo Association Competition.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, she started playing the piano at the age of 5. A musical prodigy, she won the first prize in competition at age 8 and went on to attend Yewon School & Seoul Arts High School. She studied with Prof. Shin at Yonsei University, receiving scholarships and earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music. Moving to the United States for further studies, she first earned her Performer Diploma at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University receiving scholarship, under the guidance of Prof. Emile Naoumoff. She then went to the College-Conservatory of Music of University of Cincinnati and earned her DMA and Artist Diploma under the guidance of Prof. James Tocco and Eugene Pridonoff, with full scholarship. The title of her doctoral dissertation is “Rachmaninoff’s Early Piano works and the Traces of Chopin’s Influence: The Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op.3 & The Moments Musicaux, Op.16”.
As a teacher, Dr. Lee has devoted herself to her students over 10 years, and she currently serves as a piano faculty & collaborative pianist at the University of North Georgia.
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