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Lok Kim

Lok Kim

Assistant Professor of Music


On faculty since 2010

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MM, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2009
BM, Anyang University, Korea, 2005

Professional Interests

As I am a conductor, I am always interested in the relationship between a conductor and musicians. Unlike other performers, a conductor is dealing with human beings, not the instruments. Spending time with people is always priceless.

I love human voice so I spend a lot of time listening to choral works and opera. Since my conducting career begins with conducting opera, I will always be passionate about opera. However, that does not mean I do not like orchestral music or conducting orchestra. I have a passion for both orchestral music and opera.

Personal Interests

I love to cook, especially for my wife Amy. I think cooking is very similar to conducting. First, because it is creating something from nothing; second, the tastes of foods or music can be different because of who makes it, even if they are given the same ingredients. I learned that I could get a good result only when I put in my best effort in both cooking and conducting.

Also, I like golfing, even though I am not a good golfer. I just like to walk the serenely beautiful fields. It refreshes my brain and body.

Professional memberships

  • Conductors Guild
  • Korean Conductors Association

Selected presentations, performances, & awards

  • Awarded the first prize as a conductor for the Best Opera Production, Category 1 in 2010 by National Opera Association
  • Awarded the second prize as a conductor for the Best Opera Production, Category 1 in 2010 by National Opera Association
  • Selected as one of the best young conductors in 2005 by Korean Conductors Association
  • Served as a principal conductor for UNI Philharmonic Orchestra, Korea.
  • Conducted the Opera Naomi in the Living Room by Jonathan Bailey Holland, the 90th annual meeting of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Chicago, IL
  • Conducts many orchestras, including one of the prestigious orchestras in Korea, Suwon Civic Orchestra.