Meet the Faculty
Moon-Sook Park, a native of Korea, began her professional career in Europe with countless performances as a soloist to her credit. She has presented numerous solo and chamber music concerts—including Coronation Mass (Mozart), Requiem (Mozart), C-Minor Mass (Mozart), German Requiem (Brahms), Messiah (Handel), St. John Passion (Bach), St. Matthew Passion (Bach), Magnificat (Bach), B-minor Mass (Bach), Magnificat (Vivaldi), Nelson Mass (Haydn), Creation (Haydn), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Paulus (Mendelssohn), Gloria (Poulenc), and others—and operatic works in the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, and Korea, in addition to various performances of the avant-garde music. She was a stipend recipient of K.A.A.D. in Germany (a scholarship for young future scholars) and won the coveted Bayreuth Stipend Award for extraordinary young artists. She performed in notable world-premieres at prominent music festivals such as the Darmstadt Neu-Musik-Festival, Hindemith-Festival, Webern Festival, Wagner Festival, and Mozart Festival, many of which were recorded for broadcasts on major radio stations in Germany (WDR, SWF, HRF). She was also featured in the 1992 Rossini Festival, which included world-premiere performances of two recently uncovered Rossini works on the bicentennial of his death. These live performances were recorded, and are available on CD and have been preserved as historical archive materials.
Park joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas in fall 2012, having previously taught at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Seoul National University in Seoul. Park holds a D.M.A. in Voice Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and graduate degrees from Freiburg (art song, opera), Saarbrücken (vocal music for the concert stage), and Stuttgart (Lieder performance) music conservatories in Germany, a private diploma (opera, bel-canto technique) from the Academia di Canto F. Cavalli of Milan, and a B.M. from Seoul National University. She has studied voice with prominent singers such as Eva Brink-Hillemann, Luisa Bosabalian, Siegmund Nimsgern, Philipp Huttenloch, Floriana Cavalli, and Barbara Honn, and has participated in master classes with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ingrid Bjoner, and others.
Her former students sing professionally in Europe, Korea, and the United States and hold professorships in voice around the world. They have won numerous vocal competitions, such as Internationaler Wettbewerb für Liedkunst in Stuttgart (a prestigious German art song competition), the Concours Chimay Chant Barouq in Belgium, the International Singing Competition in Cologne, the Corbett Opera Scholarship Award competition in Cincinnati, and the Metropolitan Opera National council audition.
Since Park’s U.S. debut solo recital at Carnegie Hall in 2001, she has found her second home in the U.S. and her reputation as a performer and scholar has been acknowledged nationally and internationally in lecture recitals, solo concerts, chamber music, operatic works, avant-garde music, and master classes. She is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
D.M.A., College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati