Jordan Alexander Key currently pursues his PhD in music composition at the University of Florida. His more significant recent projects include performances by the Boston String Quartet of his String Quartet No. 1 and the Vancouver Art Song Lab of his "God Ourselves,” as well as his work with the Florida Players on theatrical music for Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play. Along with his current work as music designer for the UF School of Theater and Dance’s The Seagull, Jordan recently enjoyed the display of his recent audio-visual projects as part of the Wolfsburg Kunstmuseum’s new exhibit, “Never Ending Stories: The Loop in Art, Film, Architecture, and Music,” in Germany during the winter of 2018. As an academic, Jordan is currently working on two projects: one comparing the music 15th century composer Alexander Agricola and the paintings of contemporary artist, Hieronymus Bosch; the other focused on the aesthetic of mathematical irrationality in early and modern music.
Zane Price is a Pennsylvania native and a senior at the University of Florida. He is studying to earn his minor in pipe organ performance and is majoring in Spanish. He plans to continue studying for his master’s in Spanish linguistics and hopes to continue studying organ with Dr. Ellis. He is currently the pianist at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Interlachen, Florida.
Gabriel Orion Johnston is a senior at the University of Florida studying Astronomy and French Literature with a minor in Physics, Geology, and Organ performance. He plays viola in the UF orchestra, frequently performs in chamber music concerts and is currently doing research in star formation. Truth be told he really likes learning.
Chohee Kim was born in South Korea and grew up in the church. She became fascinated by the piano after hearing it at church. She wanted to be a pianist and started to play piano at age 6. Her private piano tutor suggested that she learn the organ, and she fell in love with playing the organ, especially hymns. When she played hymns on organ, she found that the registration could make sound bigger than the piano. Chohee also learned that various combinations of registrations allowed her to deliver the same music in different feelings and moods. So she gave her best effort to practicing organ, but she also continued learning piano. Her great passion for organ led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in church music. She earned a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in organ performance from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
After her undergraduate degree, she decided to study abroad to experience diverse organs and new teachers. The United States is one of her first choices because of the potential opportunities as a professional organist. Chohee was offered a scholarship to attend the University of Houston, Texas. She studied organ with Dr. Robert Bates. However, she transferred to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, to focus more on practical organ performance. Dr. Isabelle Demers, a famous concert organist, taught Chohee various technical skills used to perform and accompany on organ. While she was studying with Dr. Demers, Chohee performed two solo recitals and one ensemble recital with trombone, piano duet, and percussion orchestra. She also accompanied the women’s choir, “Bella Voce” conducted by Dr. Lynn Gackle. The choir had many concerts on campus, local churches, and at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas.
Chohee Kim successfully finished the performance program at Baylor. Then she moved to Jacksonville, Florida, to work as an organist and assistant music director at the Southside United Methodist Church. As a professional organist, she played organ for Sunday services and special events. She also assisted the music director during rehearsals of choirs and bell choir. Chohee was accompanist of the Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville Children Chorus. She had many opportunities to play with diverse musicians, including Jacksonville Symphony. Chohee found that she needed a deeper knowledge of music and advanced organ performance technique. To accomplish this, she moved to the University of Florida to study with Dr. Laura Ellis. Chohee hope to understand pieces better through looking into the backgrounds of music. She believes that at UF she can broaden her knowledge and learn how to more effectively serve her church and community as a musician.
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Hye Jin Park is from Seoul, South Korea. Hye Jin earned her bachelor’s degree in piano and has played piano in diverse settings. She recently completed her Master of Music degree in pipe organ performance at the School of Music of the University of Florida, under the instruction of Dr. Laura Ellis. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and serves as music director at First Lutheran Church in Gainesville.