Four UA Students to Make Carnegie Hall Debut

UA School of Music
Dec. 10, 2012

Each year, a music program is chosen to have its students complete for an opportunity to appear in recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

This year, four UA students in the School of Music will return to New York City, making their Carnegie Hall debut as the University is featured in the third annual Collegiate Honors Recital series.

Manhattan Concert Productions is presenting the recital, which will be held Dec. 17 in the Weill Recital Hall located at Carnegie Hall. 

The four UA School of Music students are:

Joo Young Oh: Oh is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the UA. Oh was born and educated in South Korea, where she won several competitions and made her orchestral debut as a soloist at age 13 with the Seoul Central Symphony Orchestra. As a passionate performer, pedagogue and collaborator, Oh has performed as soloist and activity has participated in a number of piano and chamber music concerts, receiving the first prize and audience prize at the 2010 Lois Trester Piano Competition. Oh is a graduate teaching assistant for the piano area and will perform a solo recital in Arizona as she prepares to pursue her doctorate degree.

Yunnie Park: A soprano, Park began her studies at the UA in 2009 and is currently a graduate student. This summer, Park made her international operatic debut in Pesaro, Italy as Mimi in Puccini’s “La bohème” with La Musica Lirica International Music Festival. She also made her debut in New York City as Magda in Puccini’s “La Rondine” with the Martina Arroyo Foundation in 2011. She has performed other operatic roles and recently was the regional finalist of the Metropolitan Council Audition and the Igor Gorin Memorial Award Recipient.

Lauren Hayes: A junior and Honors College student pursuing her bachelor's of music degree in harp performance, Hayes is quickly gaining acclaim as an up-and-coming young artist. Hayes was winner of the UA 2012 President’s Concerto Competition and appeared as a soloist with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Hayes has won numerous awards and recognition at the state and national levels for her solo composition for harp and electronics. Also, she is an active participant of the Alpha Beta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, the professional women’s music fraternity.

Kyung Lee: Born in South Korea, Lee gave her debut concert under "New Great Pianist" in Seoul in 2004. She came to the U.S. for her master’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa in 2006. At the UA, she performed in the President’s Concert as a winner of the Concerto Competition in 2010 and recently won the Lois Trester Piano Competition. Lee was a graduate teaching assistant for the UA opera program and is studying piano performance.

After the performance, the UA will host a reception at the Nola Recording Studios for alumni and friends of the School of Music. Registration is required for the reception via

To learn more about the students and the concert, visit the UA School of Music site

Photo courtesy of the UA School of Music

Contacts: Ingvi Kallen, UA School of Music information specialist, at or 520-626-6320; Edward Reid, UA music professor, at or 520-621-1348.


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