An active conductor, composer, singer and organist, Hannah Kim was born and raised in Korea. Her father, being both a pastor and a conductor of choir, has passed down his prodigious belief in God and musical talent to her. She began piano studies at the age of four, and composition studies at the age of twelve. She was awarded composition prizes in renowned competitions in Korea such as Eumak Chunchu, Eumak Journal, and Eum Yeon. In 2010, she earned a bachelor degree in composition and a minor degree in organ at Ewha Womans University in Korea. During undergraduate program, she had a lot of opportunities to have her own recital that her chamber orchestra pieces and choral pieces were performed.
At Carnegie Mellon University, she continued her studies in composition in master’s program. She studied with professor Leonardo Balada, who was a student of Aaron Copland, and she could have a lot of her own composition recitals with various genres such as orchestra, chamber, opera and choral pieces. Also, she studied conducting with Grammy Award-winning Maestro Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University.
In addition to school activities, she has been deeply involved with singing, composition and arrangement for an orchestra and choir at church. As a soprano, she worked at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, and she has been singing for a variety of ensemble in Rochester. She has also worked as a choral conductor and organist at church in Korea.
She is pursuing the Master degree in choral conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies under Dr. William Weinert. She also studies orchestral conducting with professor Brad Lubman and organ with professor Edoardo Bellotti. At Eastman, she has conducted the Eastman Women’s Chorus, Eastman Repertory Singers, and Eastman Bach cantata ensemble. She recently had her recital with the Eastman Repertory Singers and chamber orchestra for the Haydn’s Nelson Mass. In addition to her conducting responsibilities at Eastman, she serves as choir director and organist at Pultneyville Reformed Church.
Ewha Womans University March, 2006 - February, 2010
Bachelor of Composition (Minor: Organ)
Carnegie Mellon University August, 2011 - May, 2013
Master of Composition
Eastman School of Music August 2013 - May, 2015
Master of Choral Conducting
Eumak Chunchu composition competition: 3rd prize March, 2005
Jeonbuk composition competition: 1st prize December, 2005
Eumak Journal composition competition: 3rd prize September, 2006
Eum Yeon composition competition: 3rd prize October, 2007
Carnegie Mellon Composers’ Concert April, 2013
Performed my composition, “The passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ for orchestra” by Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra under the Maestro Ronald Zollman.
Eastman Bach Cantata Series Concert November, 2013. October, 2014.
Conducted Bach cantata no. 4 and 179.
Eastman Repertory Singers Concert April, 2014
Conducted the Repertory Singers with works by Schutz, Mendelssohn and Hannah Kim (my composition).
NYSSMA Conducting Masterclass December, 2014
Participated in Masterclass for Amor de mi alma by Z. Randall Stroope.
Eastman Repertory Singers Concert February, 2015
Conducted the Repertory Singers with the program “Haydn’s Nelson Mass”.
The shadyside Chancel Choir November, 2011 – August, 2013
Singing in a choir as soprano at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Mellon School of Music August, 2012 – May, 2013
Worked as an accompanist of voice and instrumental soloists
Pultneyville Reformed Church September 2013 -
Working as a choir director and organist