Dr. Haesung Park grew up in a musical family and began her music studies in her hometown of Seoul, South Korea, where she garnered several performance prizes. In 2014, she was the first prize winner in the organ division of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition.
Dr. Park received her musical training at the Korean National University of Arts. Furthering her studies at Boston University where she received her Master of Music degree, she excelled on the organ and harpsichord under the mentorship of Peter Sykes, who is also a faculty member at the Juilliard School. Subsequently, she earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with outstanding honors award from the University of Southern California, where she studied piano with Norman Krieger and organ with Dr. Ladd Thomas.
As a pianist, organist, and chamber musician, Dr. Park has collaborated in recital with members of the LA Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and has served as a guest pianist and harpsichordist with the Santa Barbara Symphony. As a choral accompanist, she has performed in such groups as the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, Los Robles Master Chorale, San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, Los Angeles professional chamber choir “Inspiravi”, Choral Society of Southern California, and Meistersingers. Dr. Park was the resident pianist and organist at the Hollywood Master Chorale from 2012-2017 as well as at the University Campus Choir at UCLA from 2008-2014. She was also the principal pianist for the Camerata of Los Angeles Chorus & Orchestra from 2013 – 2015, as well as the resident pianist for the Really Spicy Opera Company in Boston from 2006-2008.
Dr. Park performs regularly as a pianist, organist, and harpsichordist. She was the first Korean organist to be invited to play a solo recital at the famous Flentrop Organ Recital Series at Harvard University. Her other notable solo recitals include a concert at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Los Angeles for the American Guild of Organists, Rising Star Organist for American Guild of Organist at All Saints’ Beverly Hills, as well as appearances in the Glendale Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Artist Series. She has also performed Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony No. 3 with the Santa Barbara Symphony under maestro Nir Kabaretti. She can be heard as the featured pianist on the soundtrack of the documentary With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, which was recorded at the Capitol Records studio in Hollywood. She was also featured as organist in Adat Ari El’s 75th-anniversary recording. Other notable performances include appearances as the organist for the 7th through 10th Los Angeles Annual Interfaith Symposiums and Concerts, under music director Dr. Nick Strimple. Furthermore, she was the first artist in the United States to master the German composer Julious Reubke’s Organ Sonata and Piano Sonata.
She is currently the organist at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades and has previously served at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church for seven years. In addition to serving as the pianist and teaching artist for the LA Opera, She is also accompanying and coaching faculty at the California State University–Los Angeles and has previously served at Scripps College and Fuller Theological Seminary as a pianist and organist. She often serves as guest organist, pianist, and harpsichordist with the Santa Barbara Symphony.