Department of Music

The Art of the Piano 2018

With featured guest artist, Dr. Soyeon Kim

Saturday, January 27, 2018



The mission of The Art of the Piano is to bring pianists together to explore the art of playing the piano. From beginners through career musicians, all are welcome.

Meant to inspire and inform, this event is open to all piano students and teachers. It will be a day of recitals, master classes, and workshops for piano students of all ages and teachers. Session topics will include solo performance, collaborative piano, and musicianship skills. The event will feature performances by students, teachers, DSU Faculty, and the Guest Artist. The public is invited to attend the recitals and master classes.

2018 Guest Artist

Dr. Soyeon Kim

Described as a “sensitive collaborative pianist” in the opera magazine Der Neuer Merker (Vienna, Austria), Dr. Soyeon Kim has performed throughout the world including many performances in New York City, Seoul, Korea, Zagreb, Croatia, Berlin and Munich, Germany, and Vienna, Austria. She has performed with Stefan Hoskuldsson, Mark Nuccio, Eric Speller, Judith Mendenhall and Lucille Beer, and served as pianist for masterclasses conducted by distinguished artists such as Marilyn Horne, Thomas Hampson, Anna Moffo, Bo Skovhus, Denyce Graves, Martin Katz, Dalton Baldwin, Glenn Dicterow, Karl-Heinz Schütz, and Denis Bouriakov.

Her work as a chamber musician includes frequent appearances with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series, Cathedral Saint John Divine Concert Series, Astral Concert Series, Friday Musicale Concert Series and Trinity at One. Recently she performed in the art song recital for the Countess Christina Schoenborn’s concert series in Vienna. She has won awards in several competitions including Liszt in William Garrison Piano Competition, Artur Balsam Competition for Duos, and the New Triad Foundation Fellowship.She has appeared as adjudicator in several piano competitions in the United States.  Originally from Seoul, Korea, she earned two solo piano degrees from the Seoul National University and another master’s degree and doctorate in accompanying from Manhattan School of Music. She is currently on the piano faculty of Montclair State University in New Jersey.


How To Participate


Participating students and teachers are invited to perform in the recitals.  Submit the name of the piece, along with the composer and an estimate of the playing time on the registration sheet.  The Art of the Piano faculty would also like to encourage piano ensemble playing. Participating students are urged to prepare piano duets or duos for the event in addition to solo repertoire. If you would like assistance in finding a partner or selecting repertoire, please contact Kumiko Shimizu at 662-846-4122.  Participation in the recitals is optional.

Master classes

Students interested in performing on a master class with the guest artist are invited to apply.  Selection for the master classes will be based on teacher recommendation, repertoire, and available time.


Sessions for students include topics such as sight reading, music theory, rhythm and musicianship, and ensemble playing.

Just for Teachers

The Guest Artist will present a special workshop just for the teachers.  Also, teachers are encouraged to attend the master classes and recitals.

2018 Registration

Registration for this event is $30 per participant. Registration includes lunch and refreshments. The registration fee for teachers of participating students will be waived.  Registration is due Friday, January 19, 2018. Late applications may be accepted. However, the names of the participants who register after the registration deadline may not be printed on the program and participation in a recital and/or a master class may not be guaranteed for late applicants.

Please download the registration form using the link below:

Registration for Students

Registration for Teachers

Guest Artist Recital: Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Student Recitals and Master Classes, Workshop for Teachers: Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9:30 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.

Need more information? Call 662-846-4615 or email the piano faculty at,, or