|Concert and CD Reviews
[In her All-Bach program “Dancing with Bach”], Chun immediately showed great poise at the console with a clean articulated Baroque touch, even tempo, and steady “dancing” foot tapping energy... in perfect balance and measured touch. The lightning fast arpeggios [in Piece d’Orgue] were executed brilliantly... Pastorella... the most discerning interpretation.... with the clean delicacy of dew on a quietly pasture at dawn... refreshing!
Chun’s playing was very precise and stylish with great care of articulation... Her interpretation and registrations, attracting listeners’ ears, perfectly corresponded with the periods when the pieces were written... very high artistic level.
“The Marilyn Mason Organ (Fisk Op.85) has outstanding clarity, and Shin-Ae Chun makes the most of it.... Bach’s Trio Sonata No.6, BWV 530 is particularly powerful, as is her reading of Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 550”
“The listener will hear that Shin-Ae Chun has mastered this instrument (Fisk Op.85).”
“The recording (The Angels Dance) sounds particularly crisp and clear on the Mason Organ, upon which Shin-Ae Chun is clearly proficient”
Dr. Shin-Ae Chun, a native of Incheon, South Korea, received her doctoral degree in Organ Performance and her master’s degree in Harpsichord Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. During her study, she received various scholarships and fellowships and was invited to play at the Musashino International Organ Competition in Japan and the Dublin International Organ Competition in Ireland. For more information, please visit here.
As a concert organist and harpsichordist represented by Concert Artist Cooperative (Sebastopol, CA), Dr. Chun has given concerts in the U.S., Europe and South Korea on both organ and harpsichord. Her recent concert engagements included all Liszt organ concert at Bethlehem United Church of Christ of Ann Arbor, joint organ concert Traveling Baroque at St.Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tecumseh, Bach and Sons with organ and two flutes on the Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series in Lansing, organ recital on St. Francis Summer Organ Recital Series in Ann Arbor and organ and harpsichord duo concert at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Clair Shores, MI. As a harpsichordist, she gives concerts both as a soloist and with ensembles including Sfogati, an Ann Arbor based early music ensemble of soprano, cornetto and harpsichord. Her recent concert on harpsichord with Baroque violinist Katharina Uhde featured solo and ensemble music by Bach and Corelli. Sfogati recently performed on the concert series at various churches and institutes including First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, Detroit Institute of Arts, Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, St.Patrick’s Church in Brighton, and Mariners' Church in downtown Detroit. Passionate about teaching young musicians, she also served as a faculty member at the Pipe Organ Encounter by the Ann Arbor chapter of the American Guild of Organists, introducing harpsichord to young organists and at Piano Day at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR, teaching organ and harpsichord.
Chun is currently organist at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, MI, where she plays and maintains a three-manual Robert Noehren Organ, Opus.3, a Zuckerman harpsichord and a Steinway grand piano. She is also the director of the Youth and Children’s choirs. As the concert series director, she runs two concert series: Ad Libitum (formal) and Coffee Break Concert Series (informal). She also runs a private keyboard studio, teaching organ, harpsichord and piano.
Dr. Chun holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science, a bachelor’s degree in Church Music and a master’s degree in Organ Performance from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Her teachers were Marilyn Mason, Edward Parmentier, Tong-Soon Kwak and Kyung-Hee Jung.