Flute and Piano
Masters in Flute Performance
Specializing in Classical
I have always been involved in music from a very young age. I began playing the piano at age 5, and picked up the flute and violin around age 10. Although I played these instruments from a young age, it was not until I was much older that I chose music as my career.
I graduated high school and matriculated at Hansung University in South Korea as an economics major. I quickly found that I did not enjoy it, and decided to leave school. I then made the decision to move to the United Kingdom to learn English in hopes of finding new opportunities. It was here that I realized my passion for music. I was living alone in a foreign country, and decided to join a music group. Although I did not know the language, music provided a place where I felt accepted and could express myself fully.
In 2011 I moved to Philadelphia to begin my undergraduate studies at Temple University. I recently graduated from the same school with my Master’s Degree in flute performance, and am now building my career as both a performer and teacher. I have had such incredible music teachers over the course of my musical career, and hope to provide the same level of care and instruction to my own students.
When did you begin playing Flute, and why?:
I began playing the flute at age 10, after my violin teacher recommended I try both. After about 3 years, I decided to stop playing violin and focus solely on the flute.
What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?:
In addition to the flute, I also play the piano and organ. I actually began playing the keyboard instruments before the flute, but again found myself drawn to the sound of the flute more. I still perform occasionally, and have played organ for my church.
What are your personal goals as a musician?:
Music has been such an integral part of my life and has provided me with countless opportunities. I have traveled the world with my flute, and hope to instill the same passion and love for the instrument in my students.
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?:
I used to live in the United Kingdom at a time when I did not know any English. I began performing with a musical group in the community, and discovered that music was my true passion. I will always remember this time as the moment I realized I wanted to spend the rest of my life teaching and performing music.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
Vibrato is just one way to express emotion in music.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
I moved to the United States to pursue my undergraduate degree in flute performance, and still remember the challenges I faced not only musically, but culturally as well. I was unfamiliar with the logistics and expectations of western classical music performers and had much to learn about ensemble playing and working with my new colleagues.
What is your biggest musical achievement?:
Playing at the Lincoln Center in New York City as principal flute of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra.
Favorite thing about teaching?:
Teaching requires me to constantly evolve my own playing and knowledge, and in return has improved my own musicianship. Although my official role is to be a teacher to my students, they also teach me as well.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
Practice makes everything perfect.