WSO Artistic Director - Mina Kim
Mina Kim, hailed as a “spirited conductor” by Brooklyn Discovery, is the newly named Music Director of the Woodstock Symphony Orchestra of the 2023-2024 season and serves as the Music
Director of the Purchase Symphony orchestra, where she has been kindling her community’s passion for the arts. Highlights from her continued post was engaging the unique invitations from Joshua Bell to perfect Thomas de Hartmann's Violin Concerto and Grammy Nominee Black Violin in the Performing Arts Center.
For the 2023-2024 season, along with her artistic directorships, Ms. Kim performs a spectrum of symphonic, operatic, and contemporary works including cross-genre collaborations with Soul Voices and
the School of Film and Media Studies of Purchase College creating a new form of exhibition with music by Philip Glass. A highly sought guest conductor, she has accepted invitations from across the state
including Westchester Chamber Soloists, Chappaqua Symphony Orchestra and the Area All-State Symphony Orchestra/WSCMA.
As an active concert pianist, vocal coach and chamber musician, Ms. Kim’s piano highlights include performances with the Savaria Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Busan Philharmonic, Purchase
Symphony Orchestra, and a New York City debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall after receiving the Artist International’s ‘Special Presentation Award. Ms. Kim has participated in renowned
music festivals including the Vienna Music Seminar in Austria and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine. She was also an opera coach for opera programs, Si Parla Si Canta and Classic Lyric
Arts in Italy and France.
Ms. Kim earned a B.M. at Busan National University in South Korea, an M.M. and an Artist Diploma at Purchase College in Piano Performance, a Professional Studies Diploma in Vocal Collaborative Piano from Mannes School of Music where she was awarded the Newton Swift Award. Ms. Kim also studied Orchestral Conducting with David Hayes as the recipient of the President’s Scholarship Award at the Mannes School of Music. While there, she served as the Assistant Conductor of the Mannes American Contemporary Ensemble and was the Chorus Master of The Mannes Opera.
Since 2006, Ms. Kim has been a member of the faculty at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College where she currently serves as the Chair of Classical Instrumental Studies. Amidst her diverse roles on campus, she enjoys lecturing and is a beloved coach and mentor to music students.