Dr. Shin-Ae Chun, a native of Incheon, South Korea, received her doctoral degree in Organ Performance (2006) and her master’s degree in Harpsichord Performance (2007) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. During her study, she received various scholarships and fellowships and was invited to play at the Musashino International Organ Competition in Japan (2004) and the Dublin International Organ Competition in Ireland (2005). While in the harpsichord program, she was a harpsichordist for several early music ensembles. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science, a bachelor’s degree in Church Music (Organ) and a master’s degree in Organ Performance from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Her teachers were Marilyn Mason, Edward Parmentier, Tong-Soon Kwak and Kyung-Hee Jung.
As a concert organist and harpsichordist, Chun has given concerts in the U.S., Europe and South Korea on both organ and harpsichord. Her 2010-2011 concert engagements include Opera Gala at the Peristyle Theatre in Toledo, OH, All-Bach Organ Concert “Dancing with Bach” on Creative Arts Series in Santa Rosa, CA, Richard Srauss’ Opera Ariadne auf Naxos (Harmonium) at Valentine Theatre in Toledo, OH, Mozart and More (Organ Continuo) at Franciscan Theatre in Sylvania, OH, and Saint Seans’s Sympnhony No.3 (Organ Symphony) with Toledo Symphony Orchestra at Peristyle in Toledo, OH, Harpsichord Concert at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community in Ann Arbor, MI, Holiday Pipe Organ Showcase Concert sponsored by the Ann Arbor AGO Chapter at First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, Organ and Harpsichord Workshops and concerts at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR, and Going Baroque with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra with Edward Parmentier (guest conductor and harpsichordist). In the season of 2011-2012, Dr. Chun continues to play at various venues. She is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative (Sebastopol, CA).
Before coming to First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, she was organist, harpsichordist and pianist at Lord of Light Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, MI, music director and organist at First Congregational Church in Toledo, OH, music director and organist at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Clair Shores, MI, and organist at First Methodist Church in Trenton, MI. Before coming to the United Stated, she served at Jeon-Dong Methodist Church, where her father had his ministry for 35 years and retired this spring, as a member and pianist of the children’s choir and youth choir, Sunday school teacher, director of the children’s choir and youth choral ensembles, pianist, organist and director of the 40-member adult choir.
She has two organ solo CDs with the music from the Lutheran heritage, released upon the request by Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Clair Shores, MI: The Angels Dance (2005) and On Cherubim Wings (2006), both of which had good reviews by The Ann Arbor News. The music selections from these CDs were featured on Pipedreams, a nationally broadcasted radio station dedicated to organ music, in 2008- 2010.
She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband Edward Parmentier and can be found at www.concertartistcooperative.com and facebook. She is also reachable via email firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to music, she also enjoys taking a walk and looking at paintings and pictures and is trying to learn how not to kill plants and how to play golf.
Concert and CD Reviews
In her All-Bach program “Dancing with Bach”], Chun immediately showed great poise at the console with a clean articulated Baroque touch, even tempo, and steady “dancing” foot tapping energy… in perfect balance and measured touch. The lightning fast arpeggios [in Piece d’Orgue] were executed brilliantly… Pastorella … the most discerning interpretation…. with the clean delicacy of dew on a quietly pasture at dawn… refreshing! Classical Sonoma, North Bay, March 2010
Chun’s playing was very precise and stylish with great care of articulation… Her interpretation and registrations, attracting listeners’ ears, perfectly corresponded with the periods when the pieces were written… very high artistic level. –Bialystok, Poland 2008
“The Marilyn Mason Organ (Fisk Op.85) has outstanding clarity, and Shin-Ae Chun makes the most of it. … Bach’s Trio Sonata No.6, BWV 530 is particularly powerful, as is her reading of Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 550” The Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, MI, 2006
“The listener will hear that Shin-Ae Chun has mastered this instrument (Fisk Op.85).” Christian News, St. Louis, MO, 2005
“The recording (The Angels Dance) sounds particularly crisp and clear on the Mason Organ, upon which Shin-Ae Chun is clearly proficient” The Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, MI, 2005