Trinity Lutheran Church

Mi-Young Kim

Music director

Mi-Young Kim is a collaborative pianist, pianist, and church musician based in Santa Barbara, California, where she enjoys a wide-ranging and rewarding career as a performer and educator. In addition to her position as Music Director at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, she serves on the faculty of Westmont College and is the collaborative pianist for the Santa Barbara Master Chorale.

She has received numerous accolades and recognition for her playing. As a featured guest artist, she has performed at many major conferences, such as the 2023 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the 2022 Great Plains Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference. She has also placed second in the Korea-USA Foundation of Gifted Music Competition (2013) and third in the Korean Pianist Association Piano Competition (2013). She received an honorable mention in the Hannum Music Competition (2013).

Mi-Young is pursuing a DMA degree at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she studies with Professor Robert Koenig. She has also received a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Hartford. Her primary instructors include Dr. Collette Valentine, Prof. Rick Rowley, Dr. Miguel Campinho, and Prof. David Westfall.

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