I began playing the organ when I was a composition major in college, hoping to improve my orchestration skills. However, I soon fell in love with the instrument and its beauty and versatility. I admire the organ for its rich and diverse sounds. Each organ has its own acoustics and character, and I can create different voices by choosing different sounds, even on the same organ. I also like to explore early music and the organ offers me more opportunities than the piano. Playing Bach on the organ is a completely different experience than playing it on the piano. It feels like I have finally found the right instrument for me. I was fortunate to learn from and work with inspiring teachers. I am grateful for the opportunity to study with Dr. Larry Palmer at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) and to work with Dr. Gregg Redner at Metropolitan United Church (London, ON).
Besides being an organist, I also enjoy composing and orchestrating music. I have had the pleasure of working with various groups, such as Metropolitan Choir School, NISE (Neo Impressive Soloists Ensembles), Seoul Arts Center, Hwaum Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Metropolitan Opera and Gangnam Symphony Orchestra. Some of my works were featured at the June in Buffalo Festival (Buffalo, NY) and Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival of Young Musician’s Society. I also had the honour of having my solo organ piece "Reflections on Arirang" published by ECS Publishing. From 2019 to 2022, I served as a Shipman organ scholar at Metropolitan United Church in London, ON. Although my official term has ended, I am still involved with Metropolitan United as a choir member and organist. I am currently studying choral conducting and looking forward to future opportunities, including playing the postlude at the RCCO Carol Service in London and a recital next spring at Metropolitan United Church.
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