Dr. Mikyoung Park began teaching voice and piano at MacPhail in 2014. She has over 32 years’ experience teaching in the United States and Korea. She believes education is a lifelong process, that all students have individual talent, and that the role of the teacher is not just to impart knowledge, but to serve as a mentor.
As an Opera performer, her operatic repertoire include: Albert Herring, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Cavalleria Rusticana, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Boheme, Rigoletto, The Magic Flute, and Don Giovanni. Dr. Park has been an avid member of the National Association of Teachers Singing. Ms. Park holds her Bachelor’s and Masters of Music degrees from Seoul National University. Also, she completed 3 years of Opera Studying at the Opera Institute of Seoul National University. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Voice Pedagogy Certification at the University of Minnesota, and completed the Mastered Sacred Music program in choral conducting at Luther Seminary.
Favorite non-musical hobby: Crafts- knitting, making earrings and hair pins, cooking, and painting.
“I began studying voice with Dr. Park in my mid-20s as a way to try something new (I had sung in choirs before, but never done individual study). I thought these weekly lessons would simply introduce me to a deeper level of skill, but Dr. Park has done so much more than that – helping me understand the basics of tonality, breathing and musical interpretation, building the foundation of a truly better singing quality, and encouraging me to share my developing skills through MacPhail’s concert opportunities. She has clearly invested in me over the past few years, and it’s shown in the noticeable improvement of my singing. Plus I just enjoy my hour with Dr. Park every week! I always leave lessons feeling like I exercised by brain alongside my vocal chords, and had fun doing so.”
“There are many reasons to enjoy voice lessons with Mikyoung, beyond the original goal of improving my singing. I enjoy the variety of our exercises, and how she finds new ways to polish my tone. I appreciate how she is always looking for new (and vivid!) ways to communicate good technique. And I especially value the attention she has given to finding interesting, different music sources, to make our weekly lessons as fun as they can be.”
“I have been a student of Mikyoung Park’s for almost two years and she has been an amazing teacher. Since starting my lessons with Mikyoung I have seen such an improvement in my vocal abilities and have built a large repertoire for audition and performance pieces. Mikyoung challenges me and pushes me to be the best I can be! She has encouraged me to audition for a performance based scholarship and has been a great supporter of mine for recitals! Mikyoung has a vast knowledge of music and I have learned and improved so much under her study. I am so grateful that she is my teacher.”
“Mikyoung Park has been my instructor for over two years. She is a supportive and encouraging teacher. Her extensive knowledge of music, singing and the voice, enables me as a student to sing with confidence. She is able to challenge me carefully selecting repertoire that is well suited for my voice and also has a singing task that is appropriate for my skill level. I have learned and grown under her instruction!”
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