Music Director

Dr. Wonsun Clara Bae

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Dr. Wonsun Clara Bae is a world-class soloist and collaborative pianist with an extensive career performing in solo concerts and collaborating with singers, instrumentalists, orchestras, ensembles, and dance performers. She coaches vocal, opera, Broadway musical theater, and instrumental students, and she plays for masterclasses, competitions, and juries in colleges, conservatories, and music festivals. Additionally, Dr. Bae’s tri-lingual proficiency includes English, German, and Korean.

Her recital appearances include performances at Wiener Konzerthaus, Graz Stefaniensaal, Seoul Sejong Arts Center, KBS Concert Hall, Tokyo Shinjuku Concert Hall, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the InterHarmony International Music Festival, and the Soesterberg International Music Festival. Dr. Bae has also premiered works by Andreas Weixler, Jose Luis Greco, Gregg Rosetti, Becky Turro, Michael Zavorskas, and Colin Williams.

Her teaching background includes both private and secondary piano, chamber music, music history and theory, sight-singing, ear training, chorus, musical, and general musicianship studies. She demonstrates strong personal charisma and can quickly develop a rapport with students and help them advance their technical abilities, musicality, and the nuances of working in a collaborative environment.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University with completed coursework in the History of Musical Style, Pro-Seminar of Performance Practice before 18th-Century Music, Opera Workshop, Special Topics of Music Theory, Vocal and Instrumental Literature, Introduction of Musical Research, Tonality since 1900, Independent Study in Instrumental and Vocal accompaniment, Chamber Music, Choral Conducting, and Performance Study DMA.

Her dissertation, “Franz Liszt's Weimar Lieder Revisions” was completed in 2022 under the supervision of Dr. George B. Stauffer.

Influential teachers include the legendary pianists John Perry, Warren Jones, Daniel Epstein, Alexander Satz, Chung Lee, and Nak-ho Baik, and her complete masterclasses include those taught by John Browning and Karl- Heinz Kämmering.


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