Seong-Sil Kim, a native of South Korea, serves as the choral department's Collaborative Pianist, as well as the organist and director of music at the Church on Northland in Cedar Rapids. Her professional experience as a pianist extends to being a collaborative pianist of Youth Ballet at the University of Iowa, and a faculty member at Marion Music Academy and Luther College in Iowa.
Having begun her studies at the age of four, Kim earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. She also studied at Adamant Music School in Vermont and National Music Festival in West Virginia. Recently, Kim completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, where she studied with Dr. Uriel Tsachor and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Among Kim’s numerous awards are the Seoul Music Festival Competition, the Hanguk newspaper competition, and the preliminary of the Asia Chopin International Competition. She was the recipient of an Iowa Performance Fellowship, the institution’s highest honor. Ms. Kim has performed as both a soloist and a collaborative pianist across the United States—in Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, West Virginia, Vermont, and New York. She has also performed in Korea as a guest member of the Bucheon Philharmonic and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras. She was also invited to perform in the Opening Gala Concert of the National Music Festival in Floyd, West Virginia, and in the Adamant Music School Annual Concert at Weill Recital Hall at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The successful collaboration at NCACDA Regional Conference in Des Moines in 2014 led to her employment as Collaborative Pianist at West High School.
She resides in Coralville, Iowa and Seongnam, Korea where her husband and daughter live.
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