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Misook Kim, D.M.A.

Guest Lecturer (Composition, Music Theory)

On Faculty since 2006
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Misook Kim received her B.M. from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.  After finishing her “New Star Concert” sponsored by the Cho-Sun Newspaper, she entered the graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in composition and the certificate of piano performance.  Reviewer Mike Greenberg, writing in the San Antonio Express-News, called the composer ‘a bold and unrepentant modernist.’  He also has mentioned in San Antonio Current, ‘her music was fearlessly Modern – spiky, protean, often highly compressed, proudly declining to participate in the fashion for “accessibility” – but she was so sure-footed in her instincts and her craft that she earned her listeners’ trust to lead them safely and enjoyably through the strange realms she conjured.’

            Kim has performed as a composer as well as a pianist in various concerts of her own works and other composers’ from solo to larger ensemble compositions throughout the States and Korea.  Including commissions for the MUSICOPIA, Hudson Duo, Olmos Ensemble, she has won International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) Judith Zaimont Award and the Long Island Arts Council International Composition Competition in 2007. She has also won the 2008 International Sejong Music Composition Competition. Most recently, Kim has won The 2018 Global Music Awards and Music Teachers National Association, ISMTA Commissioned Composer Competition for her composition for orchestra, The AWAKENING. Her music was broadcasted on Classical Spotlight of KPAC (Texas Public Radio) and WFMT (Chicago’s Classical Radio).  Founding member of the Chicago New Arts Trio and CASA (Composers Alliance of San Antonio), Kim has served as a board member of SAIPC (San Antonio International Piano Competition). In the fall of 2006, Kim joined the faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College, IL.

Seoul National University, B.M., Composition, 1986

The University of Texas at Austin, M.M., Composition, 1988

The University of Texas at Austin, D.M.A., Composition, 1995

Website: www.misookkim.org