Cheryl Kim

Richard W. Wesp Assistant Director

Cheryl Kim is ​a South Korean pianist, vocalist, violinist, and an aspiring choral music director who graduated from Indiana University (IU) in 2019 with a High Distinction. She is licensed to teach K-12 in Indiana, specializing in Choral-General Music. At IU Jacobs School of Music, she has received the Premier Young Artist Award, Music Faculty Award, and L&S Chu Piano scholarships. She is a current Graduate Assistant with a full scholarship at University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music.

Before coming to the United States, she has taken part of various music conventions in South-East Asia, and participated them as an accompanist, conductor, and educator. She was the runner-up nominee for IASAS Cultural Conventions Music as a pianist in both 2014 and 2015, and has performed and accompanied in numerous music conventions, choral concerts, and church services since then​. Other than playing the piano, Cheryl has been serving the Sarang Church Hallelujah Orchestra since 2012 as a violinist and score manager. She also recently has conducted a choir in Sarang Church for a special early morning service, making her the youngest conductor to be on the church’s podium.

At Indiana University, she studied piano with Prof. Evelyne Brancart, and Dr. Gregory Martin, and was an active member of University Chorale and Singing Hoosiers during the time of her study. She is currently continuing her Master’s studies at University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music in Choral Conducting, under the tutelage of Dr. Joe Miller and Dr. Brett Scott.

 

About the Richard W. Wesp Assistant Director

Richard W. Wesp was a prominent music educator in the Cincinnati area. He received his education at CCM and taught in the Forest Hills School District for 57 years and became well known for his excellence in choral music education. Dick mentored numerous students and student teachers, including CYC’s Founder & Artistic Director, Robyn Lana. Since CYC’s inception, Dick had been an avid supporter and watched with an inquisitive eye as the organization grew. After his retirement in 2011, he accepted an invitation to join the CYC Board of Directors, a position he filled with joy and eagerness. He tragically passed away in September 2012 due to complications resulting from West Nile Virus, and CYC wished to memorialize him through the endowment of the CYC Assistant Director position. Thus, the