A native of Minnesota, April Kim graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.M. in piano performance with a collaborative emphasis and earned a M.M. in solo and collaborative performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in piano performance at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Her recent duties at UMKC include serving as the graduate teaching assistant in the Keyboard Studies Division and collaborative pianist for vocalists and instrumentalists at UMKC. She also served as the collaborative pianist for students in the UMKC Community Music and Dance Academy Program, which provides opportunities for underserved students in the Kansas City community area to learn music.

An active performer, Ms. Kim has given numerous performances as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. She has been featured as a soloist in the MasterWorks Festival Honors Recital and with the St. Olaf Orchestra. Furthermore, she has toured both Texas and Washington State with other St. Olaf pianists. Having an enthusiasm for new music, she has performed in the Musica Nova ensemble at UMKC, working with highly regarded composers such as Zhou Long and Tania León. She has also received winning awards from competitions such as Thursday Musical and Schubert Club. Additionally, she was granted the UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistant Fund to present at the 2017 MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium.

As a collaborative pianist, Ms. Kim has many years of performing experience with high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, in churches, and with choirs, most notably under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong with the St. Olaf Women’s Collegiate Chorale.

Outside of her musical endeavors, Ms. Kim enjoys church fellowship activities and spending time with her family and friends.