Misook Kim received her B.M. with the honor of Cum Laude from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. After finishing her “New Star Concert” sponsored by the Cho-sun Newspaper, she entered the graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in composition and the certificate of piano performance. Reviewer Mike Greenberg, writing in the San Antonio Express-News, called the composer ‘a bold and unrepentant modernist’. He also has mentioned ‘each of her works presented thus far has impressed with its fearless modernism, its concision and its strong individual profile’.
Kim has performed as a composer as well as a pianist in various concerts of her own works from solo to larger ensemble compositions throughout the States and Korea. Including commissions for the MUSICOPIA Concert, Olmos Ensemble, she has won International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) Judith Zaimont Award and the Long Island Arts Council International Composition Competition in 2007. She was a former faculty member at The University of the Incarnate Word and Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She had also served as a music director at KUMC. In Fall 2006, Kim joined the faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College, IL.
A Collection of Korean Music for Children
by Misook Kim
III. The Rainbow
V. Waltz in Pentatonic
A Collection of Korean Music for Children for violin and piano is written for fun. Fun is an important part of everyday life, especially for children. Fun can be expressed in Korean music with its generous use of bright rhythms and melodies. These pieces were written with the intent of being humorous in the hopes of causing young students to laugh, smile, or feel amused. These effects are acquired through unconventional approaches to the music, such as using pizzicato throughout the entire movement of a piece, tapping on the body of the instrument with the hand, or adding a Korean twist to the Wizard of Oz.