Meet the Faculty
Moon-Sook Park, soprano, is an Associate Professor of Music/Voice at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, University of Arkansas. Dr. 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), Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (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), Stabat Mater (Haydn), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Paulus (Mendelssohn), Lobgesang (Mendelssohn), Requiem (Fauré), Gloria (Poulenc), Stabat Mater (Rossini), Requiem (Lloyd-Webber), Stabat Mater (Dubois) — and as well as operatic and avant-garde works in many countries including the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Mexico, Hungary, Czech Republic and Korea.
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 at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany 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, HR). 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 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.
Dr. Park’s 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 Baroque in Belgium, the International Singing Competition in Cologne, the Corbett Opera Scholarship Award competition in Cincinnati, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
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. Dr. Park was a member of the voice faculty at the Saarburg Music Festival in Germany for years and currently is a member of the artist-faculty at the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy since summer 2017.
The legacy of Hugo Wolf’s Lieder
Art song repertoires from lesser known countries
Therapeutic influence by the music
Applied voice instruction
Vocal Literature I & II
German Lied Class
B.M., Seoul National University, Korea
M.M., State University of Music Freiburg, Germany
M.M., State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart, Germany
D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati
Moon-Sook Park and You-Seong Kim. “Korean Art Songs: An Anthology and Guide for Performance and Study”, Volume 1 & 2, Classical Vocal Reprints, July, 2017.
Moon-Sook Park. “Vocal Technique Exercises by Maestra Floriana Cavalli.” The Korean Association for Voice of Performing Arts, Journal Vol. 4, May, 27, 2017, 70–76.
Moon-Sook Park”Vocal Techniques for High Range through Register Transition: Understanding of the Vocal Registration and Vocal Exercises for Accomplishing Effective Register Transition with Emphasis on Expansion of High Range.”, The Korean Association for Voice of Performing Arts, Journal Vol. 3, May 28, 2016, 33–47.