Jihea Hong-ParkAssociate Professor

    Division: Keyboard Performance
    Position: Associate Professor
    Office: E-430 HFAC
    Phone: 801-422-0945
    Email: jhongpark@byu.edu

    Korean American pianist Jihea Hong-Park enjoys a versatile and active career as a recitalist,  educator, chamber musician, teaching artist, workshop presenter, and interdisciplinary arts  collaborator. She has been featured at major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for  the Performing Arts, Merkin Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Steinway Hall, The  Kosciusko Foundation, the Bar Harbor Music Festival, and Caramoor Summer Music Festival.  She has appeared on concert stages internationally including performances at the International  Symposium and Festival of the Centre of Intercultural Music Arts at the University of  Cambridge in England, Incheon Performing Arts Center in South Korea, Yun I-Sang Concert  Hall in North Korea, and Komae Ecorma Hall and Niigata Performing Arts Center in Japan. In  2019, Ms. Hong-Park co-hosted a series of five New York Philharmonic Young People’s  Concerts entitled “Coming to New York – Immigrant Voices” alongside the Omaha Symphony’s  music director, Thomas Wilkins at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. 

    Ms. Hong-Park currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Piano at Brigham Young  University. Prior to her appointment at BYU, she taught on the piano faculty at The Juilliard  School’s Evening Division for 14 years and was a lead teaching artist at the New York  Philharmonic. As a guest artist, she has performed and presented at prestigious institutions such  as Tokyo College of Music, Niigata University, St. Francis College, Stevens Institute of  Technology, Rutgers University, and Brigham Young University. Through masterclasses,  lectures, and chamber music instruction, she has also worked with students from across the world  including Showa University, Kobe College, Osaka University of the Arts, Juilliard’s Pre College, Missouri State University, Grand Valley State University, Montclair State University’s  Preparatory Center for the Arts, pianoSonoma Music Festival, Ernest So Masterclass Series in  Hong Kong, and Gitameit Music Institute in Myanmar. 

    As an avid workshop facilitator, Ms. Hong-Park has presented at the International Teaching  Artist Conference, College Music Society’s National Conferences, Korea Arts & Culture  Education Service, and New York City Department of Education. Recently, she has been invited  to present a workshop entitled “A Year of Experimentation: Piano Studio as a Place of  Belonging, Engagement, and Ownership” at the 2021 National Conference on Keyboard  Pedagogy. Her scholarly interests include the integration of performance and education through  teaching artistry, career development, and entrepreneurship skills for musicians, student-centered  teaching in applied instruction, the music of women and composers of color, and social  consciousness, activism and advocacy through the arts. 

    Ms. Hong-Park is deeply committed to providing access to and education for the arts to serve as  an advocate for music. She has organized and established numerous community concert  residencies and projects to raise funds for non-profit organizations and bring arts to underserved  communities. Her recent professional activities include a workshop on “Orchestra: An  Indispensable Link Between Artists and Its Community” as a guest speaker for the Seoul  Philharmonic Orchestra and a presentation on “Artists as Engaged Citizens; Artists as Leaders”  for the Socially Engaged Musicians (SEM) Network. In recognition of her leadership in arts  education, she has been featured in select interviews and documentaries on Educational  Broadcasting System network in Korea. 

    Ms. Hong-Park is a founding member of the Ardelia Trio, praised by Korea’s EBS Network Evening News as “…something very special and unique…” Enthusiastic about contemporary  music, the trio held their debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2012 featuring commissioned  works of Cypriot composer, Sophia Serghi. The trio aims to bridge the gap between performers  and audience through interactive concerts. Ms. Hong-Park was integral in establishing a  community concert residency in Korea in partnership with the community organization Mécénat.  The trio received $25,000 from Korea’s Posco in support of their endeavors. 

    Ms. Hong-Park received her B.M. and M.M. degrees at The Juilliard School and pursued  advanced coursework at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her principal teachers include  Julian Martin, Jacob Lateiner, and Bruce Brubaker. Upon her graduation from Juilliard, she  received the school’s highest award, William Schuman Commencement Prize for her exceptional  achievement, leadership, and service in music. 

    Ms. Hong-Park has served as a juror for the MTNA Eastern Division Competition in both the  Senior Piano Performance and Senior Piano Duet divisions, MTNA Piano Competition in the  state level, International Virtuoso Competition, Encore Keyboard Competition, and Music  Educators Association of New Jersey. 

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