Sung-Yung Kim

Sung-Jung Kim is associate professor in piano, music theory and composition, and music technology at Oakwood College, a position he has held since 2006. He was previously associate professor of music and dean of the music school at Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica, where he taught music theory and computer music, and directed the Chamber-Folk Choir.

As a composer, he has presented his music at festivals in the U.S., South Korea, Taiwan, and Columbia. He has also produced sound tracks for vocals, videos, and web broadcasts.

Kim completed a B.A. at Seoul National University in Korea in 1989, where he served as the leader of the electronic music society; an M.A. at Andrews University in 1992, where he studied piano with Morris Taylor and composition with Charles Hall; and a Ph.D. at Michigan State University in 1998. At MSU, he completed a degree in music composition under Jere Hutcheson, concentrating on computer music and performing research on Taiwan aboriginal music.

He has also participated in the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music Pro Tools for Music Educators session, Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Institute of the Aspen Music School orchestra recording workshop, and Craig Anderson’s “Reason In the Real World” training course.

Other teachers in diverse areas have included Charles Ruggiero, Computer Music-MIDI & Synthesizer; Suck-Hi Gang, Electronic Music: Thomas Haines, Orchestra Recording; Ron Streicher, microphone technology and opera recording; Wayne Chen, Piano Technology; and Richard Schmunk, Pro Tools. He has a diploma in microphone technology from Neumann / Sennheiser Company.

Kim is also a piano tuner and technician, having studied in Toronto, Canada.


Sources: Oakwood University music department website (2013); Andrews University Alumni Directory, 2004, 239.