Janet S. Kim

Assistant Professor of Music, Wind Conducting


Dr. Janet 성은(Song-eun, or Song, for short) Kim (any pronouns) is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Music and director of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Connecticut. In this role, they will conduct the UCONN Wind Ensemble in addition to teaching conducting and wind literature classes.

 

Before this appointment, Kim most recently served as the Director of Instrumental Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where they taught courses in Conducting, Arranging and Orchestration, and Saxophone Lessons, while leading the Pep Band, Jazz Band, and University Symphonic Band.

 

Kim earned their doctor of musical arts degree in conducting from The Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to this, they earned a master of arts degree in instrumental conducting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and their bachelor of music degree in music education and jazz studies, magna cum laude, from Montclair State University. During their time at Montclair State University, Kim also had the opportunity to study composition with jazz composer/trombonist Alan Ferber and learned orchestration from composer/arranger Patrick Burns. Their primary conducting teachers include Dr. Travis J. Cross, Dr. Timothy A. Paul, Dr. Jason Worzbyt, and Dr. Shelley Axelson.

 

Kim began their career as a band director and conductor at Northern Valley Demarest High School and went on to be a band director at several other public schools in the state of New Jersey. They led ensembles to perform at Region Band Festivals, District Band Festivals, and successfully brought home gold and silver ratings during their time as a public-school educator. While studying as a graduate student at UCLA, they took a deep interest in audio technology and electronic music. During that time in Los Angeles, they also served as the Associate Director of the Peninsula Symphonic Winds based in San Pedro, CA and led a fully virtual ensemble through the pandemic. As they finished their coursework, Kim was hired by UCLA to teach Audio Technology 101 because of their interests in Audio Technology.

 

Kim is an active guest conductor and clinician, and has current invitations to work with honor bands in the United States and in South Korea. Additionally, as a proud member of the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community, and ardent advocate for DEI, Kim is the founder and director of the Early Career Program under the non-profit organization Girls Who Conduct and is a volunteer coordinator for And We Were Heard. They have presented at the 2022 Nebraska State Bandmasters Association conference about incorporating diversified programming practices, tokenism of BIPOC composers, and the impact of visibility. They have also been on panels regarding BIPOC and LGBT+ topics such as Diversifying Our Musical Consumption and Gender Presentation.

Contact Information
Emailjanet.kim@uconn.edu
Phone860-486-4664
Mailing Address875 Coventry Road, Unit 1012, Storrs, CT, 06269
Office LocationMusic Building 113
CampusStorrs