Ms. Rachel Park

Piano Class, Basic Piano Skills, Primary Applied Piano,
Secondary Applied Piano, Accompanying


Dr. Rachel Park, PianoStudio: Mason Hall Room 223
Phone: (256) 782-5049
Email: kpark@jsu.edu

Rachel Park joined Jacksonville State University as Assistant Professor of Piano in the fall of 2018. She teaches class piano, basic piano skills, accompanying, primary and secondary applied piano, and has a big heart for future musicians. In her first semester as a JSU faculty member, she introduced herself to the community by performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with JSU Community Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Jeremy Benson.

As an active solo and collaborative pianist, Rachel unleashes tremendous passion and color in her performances. Since 2002, Rachel has given more than a thousand concerts and recitals with various vocal and instrumental soloists and ensemble groups. She played for numerous recording sessions and released five CDs with the Pilgrim Ensemble in Korea and King’s Brass in the United States. Rachel also released her piano solo album ‘The Love and My Songs’ featuring her own hymns arrangements in 2014. Her heart for arranging music, collaborating with other musicians, and sharing music with people has been a leading force in her amazing musical journey.

Rachel received her Bachelor degree from Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea studying with Dr. Sung Yeon Kim. She also had two years of piano study at Kyungwon University with pianist Seung Hye Choi. She was awarded scholarships for academic achievement from both universities.

After completing her undergraduate studies, Rachel joined the Pilgrim Ensemble in Korea and served for seven years as pianist, giving numerous concerts in cities throughout South Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Iraq, Kuwait, and the United States, including performing in Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium in New York, the Crystal Cathedral in California, and at the Embassy of Korea in Washington D.C. She was named as an honorary ambassador for the Korean organizations Food for the Hungry International and the Africa Future Foundation. In addition, Rachel served as a cultural honorary ambassador to the Seoul Metro as one of the members of the Pilgrim Ensemble.

Rachel came to the United States in 2009 and studied piano with Dr. Mark Hussung at Carson Newman College. In 2013, Rachel earned her Master of Church Music in Piano Performance from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX where she studied piano with Dr. Robert Smith and piano pedagogy with Dr. Jill Sprenger. She joined Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass as pianist and organist, performing 100 concerts per year throughout the States and overseas from 2012 to 2016. She is a DMA candidate at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently writing her dissertation with titled “A Performer’s Analysis of Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky: A Historical and Analytical Study for Performance Guidelines and Musical Interpretation.”

Rachel has been the recipient of several awards throughout her career. She received the First Prize Minister of Education award in the National Student Music Competition in South Korea. In the States she received the James McKinney Outstanding Performer Award, the Wayne (Polly) McNeely Piano Award, and the Cathinka Venth Scholarship from the European Club. She has performed for the Fort Worth Music Teachers Forum, served as staff accompanist, and collaborated with Dr. Leo Day, dean of the School of Music at Southwestern Theological Seminary. She also performed as a soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra upon winning the Piano Texas International Academy & Festival Concerto Competition in 2011. She is a member of MTNA, AMTA, ASCAP, Asian Society of Arts, and Delta Omicron.