B i o g r a p h y
Kim grew up in Traverse City, MI and began her musical studies at a very young age, first on piano and eventually on violin and viola. She received a Bachelor of Music degree at Northern Illinois University and a Master’s in Music Performance at University of Colorado at Boulder, and completed 3 years of a Doctoral program at Arizona State University. Her principal teachers include David Holland, Richard
Young, Erika Eckert, Geraldine Walther, and Nancy Buck as well as chamber music studies with the Vermeer, Takacs, St. Lawrence, Tokyo and Brentano String Quartets. Kim currently holds positions with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra as a member of the viola section, and she is the Principal Violist of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with orchestras throughout the United States including Quad City Symphony, Capital City Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and many others.
As a registered Suzuki teacher, Kim has spent much of the last two decades teaching the Suzuki Method throughout the US and Italy as well as holding teaching positions at the Anglo-Italian Montessori School in Naples, Italy and the William E Doar Public Charter School for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
After 21 years away from Northern Michigan, Kim returned to Traverse City in 2014. She currently is an orchestra instructor for the Traverse City Area Public Schools, Piano Instructor at Northwestern Michigan College, and maintains a very active private studio of violin, viola and piano students.