Sojung Lee Hong Profile
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 publicappearances range from a solo recital at Seoul Arts Center, a sacred music concert tour in SouthKorea, to a piano duo recital in New Jersey to a chamber music recital in Mexico. In additionto her international appearances, she has given over a hundred chamber music recitals with avarious range of repertoire at performing art centers, universities, public libraries, and seniorresidences in the Chicago area. She has given lecture recitals at conferences such as the CollegeMusic Society International Conference (2011), the College Music Society Regional Conference(2011), and the Conferences of Illinois State Music Teachers Association (2006, 2009). Inher home country, she has taught as a guest artist at the Summer Piano Workshop of SuwonWomen’s College and at the Eum-youn Summer Piano Academy since 2007. As Director ofthe Performance Certificate in Music program at Judson University, she organizes the annualscholarship benefit concert and raises funds to support talented students’ education. For theChicago community, she has helped to organize the Seoul National University Alumni benefitconcerts, the Sejong Cultural Society benefit concerts and the Sejong Music Competition, andthe 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 (magnacum laude) and a doctoral degree in piano performance and literature from University ofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her piano teacher at UIUC was Ian Hobson, and the chambermusic coaches were Peter Schaffer (violin) and Suren Bagratuni (cello). She also pursuedaccompanying as her minor under the tutelage of Eric Dalheim. During her doctoral studies, shewon the first prize at the Irene Tintner International Piano Competition and was subsequentlyinvited to perform with the Germania Orchestra in Michigan. She has performed concertos withValley Civic Orchestra, North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, Judson University CommunityOrchestra, and Elgin Community College Civic Orchestra. Currently, she is Associate Professorat Judson University and Music Director at West Alliance Church, IL. Her teaching areas atJudson 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