Sojung Lee Hong | Judson University Christian College

Sojung Lee Hong Profile

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Name:Sojung Lee Hong
Title:Associate Professor of Music
Year Started:1998
Phone Number:847-628-1113
Office Location:Thompson Center 102


DMA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MA, BA, Seoul National University, Korea


Korean-born pianist Sojung Lee Hong has appeared as an active soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher, and church musician since her appointment in Judson University's music faculty, a Christian liberal arts institution in the Chicago area. In the past decade, notable public appearances range from a solo recital at Seoul Arts Center, a sacred music concert tour in South Korea, to a piano duo recital in New Jersey to a chamber music recital in Mexico. In addition to her international appearances, she has given over a hundred chamber music recitals with a various range of repertoire at performing art centers, universities, public libraries, and senior residences in the Chicago area. She has given lecture recitals at conferences such as the College Music Society International Conference (2011), the College Music Society Regional Conference (2011), and the Conferences of Illinois State Music Teachers Association (2006, 2009). In her home country, she has taught as a guest artist at the Summer Piano Workshop of Suwon Women’s College and at the Eum-youn Summer Piano Academy since 2007. As Director of the Performance Certificate in Music program at Judson University, she organizes the annual scholarship benefit concert and raises funds to support talented students’ education. For the Chicago community, she has helped to organize the Seoul National University Alumni benefit concerts, the Sejong Cultural Society benefit concerts and the Sejong Music Competition, and the charity concerts for Global Children Foundation and Food for the Hungry International.

Hong holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seoul National University (magna cum laude) and a doctoral degree in piano performance and literature from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her piano teacher at UIUC was Ian Hobson, and the chamber music coaches were Peter Schaffer (violin) and Suren Bagratuni (cello). She also pursued accompanying as her minor under the tutelage of Eric Dalheim. During her doctoral studies, she won the first prize at the Irene Tintner International Piano Competition and was subsequently invited to perform with the Germania Orchestra in Michigan. She has performed concertos with Valley Civic Orchestra, North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, Judson University Community Orchestra, and Elgin Community College Civic Orchestra. Currently, she is Associate Professor at Judson University and Music Director at West Alliance Church, IL. Her teaching areas at Judson University include applied lessons, class piano, piano literature, pedagogy, and history & practice of worship music.


  • President Award, Seoul National University, Korea
  • President Award (honored as valedictorian), Seoul Arts High School, Korea
  • Ranked as Excellent Teaching Assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Societies or Affiliations

College Music Society
Music Teachers National Association
Illinois State Music Teachers Association
Phi Kappa Phi
Pi Kappa Lambda

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