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Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn

Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn
Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn, Director of Keyboard Studies 870-230-5017

MM, The Juilliard School
DM, Indiana University

Pianist Hee-Kyung Juhn is the new Director of Keyboard Studies at Henderson State University. The American Record Guide praised her recent recording of the Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach (MSR Classics), saying that her playing is “sensitive and imaginative” and that she displays “a fine sense of style and . . . command.” Santa Barbara News-Press hailed her performance, saying: “We have a strong new Goldberg contender in the marvelous Hee-Kyung. . . She unveiled the depth and logic of the masterwork.” The New York Concert Review called Dr. Juhn "a top notch, superb pianist . . . technically brilliant, subtle, precise" after her Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) debut with flutist Elena Yarritu.

Dr. Juhn was born in South Korea to missionary parents. She lived her teenage years in South America and was later trained in the United States. Dr. Juhn attended The Juilliard School (MM), where she was a recipient of the Van Cliburn Piano Scholarship and Gluck Fellowship. Additionally, she has participated in music festivals such as Tanglewood, Aspen, Bowdoin, and Yale Piano Summer Institute. At Indiana University (DM), she studied with Leonard Hokanson, a pupil of legendary pianist Artur Schnabel.

In addition to numerous solo and chamber appearances, Dr. Juhn has collaborated with many outstanding musicians and has appeared on concert stages in South America, Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16, playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción.

A versatile pianist, Dr. Juhn has worked as an opera coach, staff accompanist, and church music director (organist and choir master). Dr. Juhn taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 2001 to 2007, and has served as associate faculty in Collaborative Piano at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.


 “The undergraduate education in music that I received from Henderson has changed my life by opening doors for me both educationally and professionally. It prepared me for success by giving me the tools necessary to be a successful music educator. My BME achieved at Henderson afforded me opportunities for success in graduate and post graduate studies as well as professional advancement in addition to allowing my family and me the employment and thus financial security that is so precarious today without such educational opportunities. I am grateful to Henderson State University.”

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Kevin TaylorBachelor of Music - Education (Instrumental), 1982
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