Nathan Cicero is a multi-faceted musician whose interests range from solo piano, chamber music, song repertoire and vocal coaching to choral and orchestral conducting. A native of Wisconsin, he was inspired to pursue music by his high school music teachers, and earned a BM in Piano-Collaborative Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2016. While at UW-Eau Claire, he was also heavily involved in the voice and choral division, serving as a chorus master and rehearsal accompanist for Le Nozze di Figaro, pianist and conductor for Cabaret, and director and orchestrator for a student-run variety show, Cabaret Productions, among other leadership roles. In addition, he won the UW-Eau Claire orchestral conducting competition in 2016, and was the recipient of the Ada Bors Music Service Award for outstanding service to the Music and Theatre Arts Department. Nathan is currently a graduate student in Vocal Accompanying at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he studies with Eileen Cornett. He holds a graduate assistantship in Opera Accompanying, and accompanies regularly in the vocal studios of Denyce Graves, William Sharp, and Stanley Cornett. Outside of Peabody, he serves as music intern at Baltimore’s Cathedral of Mary our Queen, with responsibilities as pianist, associate organist, and assistant conductor of the Cathedral Choir.
Annie Flood is a versatile musician and native Marylander. Trained as both a pianist and vocalist, she has enjoyed exploring many genres throughout her career, from opera to jazz, and is always open to learn more.
As a pianist, Annie has collaborated with several groups around Annapolis and Baltimore, including The Colonial Players of Annapolis, Opera AACC, The Peabody Institute, and Regino Madrid, violinist of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, she directed the music for The Colonial Players of Annapolis production of A Christmas Carol, assisted the coaching of Peabody Opera’s Outreach Papageno! and even provided live music for a 90-minute hot yoga class in Annapolis. It was no sweat…figuratively speaking, at least.
Passionate about the creative and educational aspects of music, Annie teaches private piano and voice lessons, and is active in the music ministry of several churches. She also works as a student coordinator with Creative Access, a community-based initiative at the Peabody Conservatory that aims to use music to inspire positive change throughout Baltimore.
Annie is currently working to combine her pianistic and vocal training, and is in her second year of the Vocal Accompanying graduate program at the Peabody Conservatory. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Music, with a double concentration in Piano Performance and Vocal Performance. While at Notre Dame, she studied piano with John Blacklow and voice with Georgine Resick, and was a recipient of the Halloran Music Scholarship.
She was often featured as a soloist in the Notre Dame Chorale’s annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, and sang chorus roles in Opera ND’s presentations of Le Nozze di Figaro, Les contes d’Hoffman, and Les dialogues des Carmélites. She has also performed internationally, singing the role of First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte at the Kunming Opera Festival in 2011.
Aejin Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She began studying piano at the age of five and started accompanying at the age of 12 with prominent musicians in South Korea. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Accompanying from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia. At Boyer, she studied with Lambert Orkis and Harvey Wedeen. While at Temple, she accompanied over 30 recitals, juries, and numerous lessons. She was a graduate teaching assistant (TA) and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Aejin accompanied the University Singers Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Jeffery Cornelius, for concerts at the Kimmel Center, and other concerts in New York City, and Chicago. Aejin joined the committee for student hospitality for the annual piano competition at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Currently, she is studying in vocal accompanying major at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University with Eileen Cornett, and was awarded a Graduate Assistantship in Opera Accompanying for the fall of 2014. She played for Peabody outreach opera productions of “Hansel and Gretel” during the 2013-14 school year.
Mireu Seo was born in Seoul, South Korea and began studying piano at age 8. She graduated from Sunhwa ArtsHigh School and earned a Bachelor degree in Music and Music Education from Konkuk University. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied with Jaemi Kim and played for many voice lessons, recitals, chamber groups, university choir, children’s choir, Korean art song competition and preparatory school.
Mireu is in her first year as a Master of Vocal Accompanying degree program at the Peabody Conservatory studying with Eileen Cornett. Mireu holds the Vocal Accompanying Graduate Assistantship and plays for voice students in the studios of Stanley Cornett, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Denyce Graves and Vera Danchenko-Stern’s Singing in Russian Class. She is a pianist for the Peabody Preparatory and accompanist for Full Gospel Baltimore Church in Lutherville, MD.
Yin Zhu, from Tianjin, China is currently a second-year Graduate Performance Diploma student. Yin Zhu pursued her Bachelor of Music degree in China, majoring in vocal performance. During this period she played extensively for her teachers and fellow students, and developed a stronger passion for accompanying singers. Prior to attending Peabody, she was a dedicated educator and an active performer in China. As a college teacher, she has given lectures, lessons, and coached several community and school choir groups. As a pianist, she has collaborated in recitals, master classes and choir performances. She plays for the Opera Outreach production of Papageno!, based on Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She is also an accompanist for Professor Stanley Cornett’s studio and Professor Patrizia Conte’s Singing in Italian class. Yin Zhu looks forward to the pursuit of a higher level of excellence at Peabody and cherishes the process of becoming a collaborative artist.
Johanna Kvam, a native of Rochester, MN, is currently in her second year of Peabody’s Vocal Accompanying MM program. A recipient of the 2015 Clara Ascherfeld Award in Accompanying, Johanna holds a graduate assistantship in Vocal Accompanying and plays for voice students in the studios of Stanley Cornett, Bill Sharp, Marianna Busching, Ah Young Hong, and Steve Rainbolt. She has also been active in Peabody’s opera department, having performed the U.S. premiere of Jonathan Dove’s “Mansfield Park” in February 2015. Tim Smmith of the Baltimore Sun reported: “Pianists Johanna Kvam and Hanna Shin make the most of the assignment, becoming major stars of the production.” Since beginning her piano studies at the age of 5, Johanna has developed a strong passion for both music and language that followed her throughout her years at Macalester College as a Music (Piano Performance) major and English minor. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied with Mark Mazullo and played for many voice lessons, recitals, chamber groups, conducting classes, musical theater productions and choral rehearsals. She served as Choir Accompanist for both Macalester’s Highland Camerata and Parkview UCC church in White Bear Lake, MN, as well as accompanying concerts for organizations such as the Honors Choirs of SE MN and the Rochester Music Guild.
Johanna has played for masterclasses and coachings with pianists Ruth Palmer, Timothy Lovelace, and Anton Kuerti.
Pianist Ju Young Lee performs actively as soloist and collaborative artist. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and began playing the piano at age of six. Ju Young was the gold medalist of New Praise Support Society (2007), the winner of the Music Teachers National Association (2009) and the Young Artist Competition of West Virginia University (2011). She was also the winner in the Pittsburgh Concert Society (2011) and praised as being “deeply in touch with the inner drama of this piece and having the technique to realize her artistic intent.” She has performed in Italy, Mexico, and South Korea. In 2013, Lee was the finalist in the Liszt Garrison Competition as a Collaborative Artist and also received the Best Interpretation Award of American songs.
Ju Young served as accompanist for Peabody Opera Potpourri of “An Operatic Lollapalooza” and for Peabody Chamber Opera of “Before Breakfast.” As an assistant coach, she has accompanied and coached productions of Hansel and Gretel, Cendrillon, and Die Entführung aud dem Serail.Lee has performed in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Marilyn Horne, Denyce Graves, and Margo Garrett.
Lee completed a Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma degree in vocal accompanying at the Peabody institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Eileen Cornett. She held a Graduate Assistantship in Opera Accompanying for the Peabody Opera Department. She earned her Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from West Virginia University with Dr. James Miltenberger. She received a full tuition scholarship throughout her undergraduate years.
With a style described as “eloquent” by the Baltimore Sun, pianist Celeste Johnson is deeply inspired by the unique power of words and music functioning in artistic tandem and constantly seeks diverse opportunities as a collaborative performer. Since moving to Spokane, WA in 2014, she has been on staff at Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities as a coach and choral accompanist. In recent seasons, she has played with Opera Coeur d’Alene and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, innovative Baltimore organizations such as the Occasional Symphony and Classical Revolution, and worked extensively with the Peabody Opera Department. Celeste makes herself an integral part in an ensemble of any size, from vocal recitals and chamber works to orchestral repertoire and operas.
Celeste is especially passionate about opera coaching and her recent pursuits in this area have included the position music of music director for an educational outreach production of Seymour Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood and role as the primary rehearsal and event pianist for Opera Coeur d’Alene, including productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, and La fanciulla del West. Last summer, she was awarded the Atlantic Music Festival’s Apprentice Opera Coach Fellowship, where she was an assistant coach for Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, coached and performed art song, operatic, and chamber repertoire for recitals, and played for Russian diction classes with Anton Belov. While a graduate assistant for the Peabody Opera Department, she was chorus master and pit musician for Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, assistant coach for Hansel and Gretel, and a rehearsal pianist for fully-staged productions.
Celeste recently completed a Master of Music degree in vocal accompanying at the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Eileen Cornett. Celeste received a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University in 2011, studying with Jane Abbott-Kirk. She has studied with Dr. Esther Wang, Dr. Teresa Dybvig, and been a participant in master classes with Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, Dawn Upshaw, and Dr. Arlene Shrut. Celeste has played for the studios of Denyce Graves, William Sharp, and Stanley Cornett. Celeste is a member of the Gamma Tau Chapter of Phi Kappa Lambda.
Pianist Jannie Lo made her New York debut at the age of 14, appearing in the Young Virtuosos Gala Concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Since then, she has performed as a soloist with orchestras and at festivals in the US, Canada, Germany, Austria, Holland, and Italy. Also an accomplished chamber musician, she has collaborated with luminaries such as Roberto Diaz, Norman Fischer, Paul Hersh, Axel Srauss, Joseph Swensen, and the Calder Quartet.
In recent seasons, she has presented recitals in diverse halls such as the Ruïnekerk in Bergen, Holland, the Telekom Headquarters in Bonn, Germany, and the Steifel Theater in Salinas, Kansas. The Südkurier Newpaper called her playing “not only extraordinary technically, but delivered the composer’s intention masterfully.”
Ms. Lo was a recipient of the DAAD German Exchange Grant for research on European Contemporary Music, which funded a year of study in Freiburg, Germany. During that time, she performed chamber music works by a range of notable German composers, among them, Günter Bialas, Harald Genzmer, Nicholas A. Huber, Wolfgang Rihm, Matthias Spahlinger, and Jörg Widmann. She has additionally received awards from the Wideman International Piano Competition, King Award for Young Artists, the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition, and the Pacific Musical Society.
Ms. Lo earned graduate degrees from the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany and from the San Francisco Conservatory. She is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts degree cadidate at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky. Equally passionate about performing and teaching, she joined the Peabody Preparatory piano faculty in 2014.
Peyson Lee Moss is a native of Lincolnton, GA, where he began taking piano lessons at the age of 7. Before receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, he previously studied piano and accompanying at Mercer University with Dr. Carol Goff in Macon, GA. Moss has performed in masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Warren Jones, Ricky Ian Gordon, Margo Garrett, Denyce Graves, and Dawn Upshaw. During his time at the University of Georgia, Moss played for numerous vocal majors, studio classes, lessons, masterclasses, and recitals. He also served as Pianist & Co-Director for the University of Georgia Vocal Quartet.
Throughout his career, Moss has been an active church musician for over 15 years, studying organ with Keith Shaffer and Dr. David Burton-Brown. Moss is the current Director of Music & Organist at Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, MD. Moss is also an active choral accompanist. Recently, he was selected as the Pianist for the Mt. Vernon Consort in Baltimore, MD for the “American Masses” concert. In 2010, Moss was also engaged as the Principal Pianist for the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus in Atlanta, GA, a professionally led, auditioned group of 100 singers.
Currently, Moss is finishing his graduate degree in Vocal Accompanying at the Peabody Conservatory, where he held the Graduate Assistantship in Vocal Accompanying for two years. Moss has served as an active pianist for the Peabody Opera Program, playing for multiple opera scene performances, as well as Massenet’s Cendrillon.
Along with Laura Whittenberger (soprano), he is also serving as Pianist for a recording project featuring songs set to the poetry of W. B. Yeats by Raymond Driver. At the completion of his graduate work in December 2015, Moss has been engaged as the Organist of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA starting in January 2016.
Nicholas Pothier is a faculty collaborative pianist at Plymouth State University, a lecturer in piano and staff piano coach at St. Anselm College, and the Minister of Music/Organist for St. Christopher’s Church in Hampstead, NH. Nicholas maintains an active career as a musical theatre director and pianist, and is a member of “Bella and the Fellas,” a trio based in the Greater Boston area which presents touring semi-staged productions of scenes from operetta and musical theatre. He served as music director/coach for Opera Breve Vocal Incentive’s opera scenes program in Wichita, Texas.
As a theater musical director, he has worked with the Anselmian Abbey Players (Saint Anselm College), South Shore School of Theater (Quincy, MA), Sanborn Regional High School (Kingston, NH), and Kids Coop theater (Londonderry, NH). Musical directing credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie,and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
During his time as a graduate student, Nicholas served as pianist and repetiteur for Hansel and Gretelfor Peabody outreach, Ophelia Forever as part of the Baltimore Theater Project, and accompanist and coach for student run voice department opera scenes during Spring 2014. Other operatic experience includes Pique Dame, The Mikado, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte,and Don Giovanni.
Nicholas recently completed a Master of Music degree in Vocal Accompanying from Peabody Conservatory with Eileen Cornett. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from the University of New Hampshire, studying with Arlene Kies. Beyond life at the piano, Nicholas has worked and performed as a cellist and singer, and currently sings with the New Hampshire Master Chorale.
Nadezda Mijatovic-Sekicki (MM’13, Vocal Accompanying) will be the music director for D.C. Public Opera’s staged production of Schubert’s Goethe-Lieder, which will be hosted by the Austrian Cultural Forum at the Embassy of Austria on May 23, 2014 at 8 pm. She is looking forward to collaborating with the Embassy in creating this unusual production with stage director Jennifer Williams.Nadezda
(Nadja) Mijatovic-Sekicki received her BM and MM degrees in piano performance from the University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), as well as a Concert Diploma in piano performance from Conservatoire de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland), where she studied with Jean-Francois Antonioli.
Nadja is currently in her 2nd year as a doctoral candidate in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland, where she is the recipient of both an assistantship and a stipend. Nadja has received many awards and scholarships as an outstanding student. She held the Arno and Ruth Drucker Scholarship at Peabody.
She has extensive experience performing as a chamber musician, collaborative pianist, and soloist. She has also performed in masterclasses for many renowned pianists. Before coming to the USA she worked as a coach accompanist at the University of Kragujevac’s Vocal Department (Serbia). At Peabody, she was music director for Peabody Opera Outreach production of “Ariel’s Tempest”.Nadja is a member of Association of the Music Artists of Serbia. She lives in Tacoma Park with her husband and daughter.
Rayna Slavova (MM ’13, Vocal Accompanying) has been appointed a full time vocal coach and accompanist at the Fundación Universitaria Juan N Corpas in Bogota, Colombia. This position is the first of its kind at the University. She is also the principal vocal coach for the premiere of Accidental Death of an Anarchist, a new opera by Columbian composer Jorge Pinzon, based on the comic play by Dario Fo. The opera will premiere at the National Opera Festival in November, and is scheduled for its U.S. premiere in March.
Mary Trotter (MM’13, Vocal Accompanying) accompanied Metropolitan Opera baritone Aaron St. Claire Nicholson, the new artistic director of Opera Coeur d’Alene, for a series of fundraising concerts in November and January, and will serve as Opera Coeur d’Alene’s pianist for their summer cruise series and for their September production of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. She has been appointed as an adjunct theory professor, coach, and staff pianist at Whitworth University, and as a staff pianist for the vocal and choral department at Gonzaga University. Trotter is the recipient of a full tuition scholarship for the SongFest summer vocal program at the Colburn School in California this summer, where she will be working with the legendary vocal accompanist and scholar Graham Johnson, Craig Rutenberg, the Head of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera, and Alan Smith, Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music.
Pianist Mary Trotter is originally from Snohomish, WA, and began playing the piano at age of five. She graduated with honors from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, where she earned her degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She fell in love with accompanying while playing for the University’s choirs and was soon in demand as an accompanist and private teacher. Upon graduation she maintained an active collaborative schedule, accompanying for Whitworth’s vocal and choral departments and serving there as an adjunct faculty member. Mary was the recipient of the Austin Conradi Memorial Scholarship at Peabody. In addition to accompanying for a multitude of students and classes, she was a Graduate Assitant in Accompanying, and the co-music director and accompanist for Peabody Opera Outreach’s new production of Ariel’s Tempest by Doug Buchanan.
Praised by Baltimore’s The Glass for demonstrating “beautiful, melodic tones as well as driving percussive force,” pianist Bethany Pietroniro (MM ’13, Vocal Accompanying) is an avid collaborative artist and performer of new music. Gathering together her passions for music, languages, and literature, Bethany is embarking on an active career in art song recitals and opera productions.
Upcoming concerts include a series of song recitals with young professional vocalists, which will take place throughout the Baltimore/DC area. In March 2013, Bethany made a third appearance on Baltimore’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series in a concert of works by Brooklyn-based composer Missy Mazzoli.
Bethany will spend summer 2013 as a pianist in the Professional Program of Songfest at Colburn, and will work with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble at the New Music on the Point Summer Institute. She has spent summers at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival, and Indiana University’s Summer Workshop in Slavic and East European Languages.
Bethany received dual master’s degrees in solo and collaborative piano from Peabody Conservatory, where she holds a teaching assistantship in music theory and studies with Yong Hi Moon and Eileen Cornett. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Indiana University, and alongside an active performing career hopes to eventually pursue her interest in the overlapping areas of music and cognitive science.
Ming-Ching Wu (MM ’08, Piano, Vocal Accompanying) is teaching Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at the Graduate Institute at National Tainan University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan. Wu also teaches at the Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Ming-Ching was the recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship for the study of collaborative piano at the Juilliard School of Music, and recently finished her doctoral studies in Collaborative Piano at Eastman School of Music.
Ka Nyoung Yoo (MM ’10, Vocal Accompanying) was presented with the Peabody Preparatory’s accompanying award for her vocal and cello accompanying. Yoo has accepted a position at Towson University as staff accompanist and as their master class pianist. She was recently invited to perform with several members of the Towson voice faculty in their operatic recital program, Viva L’Opera!, and will be coaching for the Towson Opera Department next fall.
Ka Nyoung was born in Yeosu, South Korea and began studying piano at age 6. She graduated from the Hanyang University in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Piano performance, where she studied with MinSuk Kim and Mikyung Yoon. She received full tuition scholarships as a school/opera accompanist throughout her undergraduate years at Hanyang University. Ka Nyoung is currently the music director for Papageno!, Peabody Opera Theatre’s Outreach production of The Magic Flute. She has also served as coach accompanist for Peabody’s productions of La Traviata and The Advenures of Sharp Ears the Vixen.
Hyejin Kwon (MM ’11, Vocal Accompanying) Currently in her second and last year as an intern coach at Canadian Opera Company’s ensemble studio, Hyejin’s credits with COC include La Traviata, Marriage of Figaro, Bremen Town Musicians, Maometto Secondo, Ariodante, Götterdämmerung, Second Nature and Tosca. Hyejin has served as repetiteur for Opera on the Avalon’s productions of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and was Intern Coach for the St. Andrew’s Arts Council 2014 Opera Workshop for Advanced Singers with Wendy Nielsen. Kwon has been active in Toronto as a masterclass pianist for Stephanie Blythe, Stephen Lord, Stuart Hamilton, and Tracey Dahl.
Praised as a “fine stand-in for an orchestra” by the Washington Post, pianist Hyejin Kwon, hails from Seoul, South Korea. Ms. Kwon began studying piano at age 4, made her first public debut at age 7 and her orchestra debut at age 11. Hyejin won numerous competitions in her native country while she was studying at the Korean National University of Art preparatory. She moved to the United States at age 15 to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Hyejin won the MTNA Concerto competition in 2004 and was also featured on Interlochen Public Radio.
Ms. Kwon graduated from the Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in 2009, with her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, and in 2011, with her Master’s degree in Vocal Accompanying. Throughout her years at Peabody Institute, she worked as a school accompanist, toured with the Opera Outreach Program as their musical director, and also worked as a graduate assistant for the opera department. She also served as the pianist for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute Choral Society from 2008-2011, then as their musical director from 2011-2012. Upon finishing her Masters degree Ms. Kwon was hired by the Lyric Opera Baltimore to work as their repetiteur and by the Repertory Theater of Washington as the music director for a year. was Metropolitan Opera conductor Steven White’s assistant and pianist for the Lyric Opera Baltimore’s La Traviata, accompanying a cast that included Metropolitan Opera singers Elizabeth Futral and Jason Stearns. She returned again for Lyric Opera’s productions of Faust and Le Nozze di Figaro. Hyejin was awarded a full tuition fellowship and additional stipend for Aspen Music Festival in Collaborative Piano.Ms. Kwon moved to Canada in the fall of 2012, and has been working as a pianist, coach, repetiteur, and a music instructor in Greater Toronto Area. She is a part of the University of Toronto Opera, where she continues to study and work as an operatic repetiteur and a coach.
(MM ’08, Vocal Accompanying) works as a pianist, vocal coach, and opera accompanist in the greater Boston area, where she is a doctoral candidate at Boston University. She joined San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program as one of five apprentice coaches, and has also coached for Anchorage Opera. Miaomiao was the recipient of the Charlotte Cohen Milman Endowed Scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she earned a post graduate diploma in Collaborative Piano.
MiYeon Han (MM ’08, Vocal Accompanying) was selected to be the pianist for the Horn and Trumpet workshops at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. After Miyeon joined VOCES INTIMAE for a complete performance of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in Dallas, Texas, Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News wrote: “Star of the show was pianist Mi Yeon Han, whose luminous, unforced tone and telling inflections caught the ear again and again.”
Pianist Christine Pulliam free-lances regularly in New York City as vocal coach, accompanist and as a chamber musician with the Opus Nine Ensemble. Last year she was a vocal coach for the Atlantic Music Festival and performed at the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France. Past performances also include the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Kennedy Center of Washington D.C., The Washington Sinfonietta, University of Wisconsin, Malacañang Palace in the Philippines, Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, the Masterworks Festival, and Brevard Music Festival. A native of Indianapolis, she graduated from Butler University summa cum laude. She holds graduate degrees from the Peabody Institute and the University of Maryland and was previously on the faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. She is currently teaches piano and accompanies the choir at The King’s College in New York City.
Bu Kyung Shin was born in Seoul, South Korea and began studying piano at age 6. She earned a Bachelor degree in piano performance from Sookmyung Women’s University, where she studied with Jung Ae Son. She earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University with Seth Knopp. Currently, she is in her second year as a Masters of Vocal Accompanying degree program, studying with Eileen Cornett./p>
She had several performances in Korea including solo recital in 2006. Bu Kyung was awarded the Opera Assistantship in Accompanying, and has played for Peabody Opera Theatre productions of La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutte, The Adventures of Sharp Ears the Vixen, Transformations, and Die Fledermaus.
Working as both a musician and a business woman, she is currently a president of Piano Plaza, Inc and a director of its Music Academy wherein numerous young students are registered. She is also a music education and information columnist of The Korea Monitor magazine, and is employed as a concert accompanist by the Washington Soloist Ensemble.
Ms. Shin started her training in music from an early age at Sun-Hwa Arts School in South Korea. After her immigration, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University as a piano major and simultaneously assisted the Opera Department and the Italian language departments as a coach and accompanist. Other accompanying experience includes rehearsal and concert piano for the Korean-American Young Artists and Los Angeles-Seoul Men’s Chorale. Last summer, she served as a visiting faculty of music department at Hapdong Theological Seminary.
Ms. Shin has concertized in Seoul, California, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Maryland. She is a winner of numerous solo, concerto and chamber music competitions, including Choonchu Music Competition, a Gala Scholarship recipient of five thousand dollars at Hamilton Music Academy, the Asian-American Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Southwestern Music Festival Chamber Music Competition.
An active church musician, Ms. Shin has served as musical advisor for church mission trips to Bangladesh, China and Korea.
Her former teachers include Jayung Park in Korea, Ann Perry at University of Southern California, and Seth Knopp at Peabody Institute. Currently, she is in her first year as a graduate student in the Masters of Vocal Accompanying degree program, studying with Eileen Cornett.