Senior Artist Teacher of Piano
ChiHee Hwang has performed solo and chamber recitals in Korea and the United States, featuring repertoire such as Bela Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Her performances have been broadcast on WNPT-2 Television and WUOT 91.9 FM. In recent years, she has been sought after particularly in the area of duo piano performance. She has been invited to partner with prominent pianists such as Agnes Wan, Jama Reagan, and Patricia Carter.
Hwang was selected by the Korean Ministry of Education among Koreans abroad to receive a full scholarship to attend Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea, where she obtained her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. She also completed her second Master of Music degree at The University of Tennessee, where she taught Class Piano as a graduate teaching assistant. Her solo piano mentors included David Brunell and Eun-Mo Chung, and her piano pedagogy mentors were Fay Adams and Patricia Z. Carter.
An experienced clinician, Hwang is certified in numerous pedagogical methods, including the Orff-Schulwerk, Suzuki, and Robert Pace approaches. In the summer of 2008, she was invited to serve as a music instructor at the International Christian Academy of Nagoya, Japan and at the Soongeui Women’s College in the summer of 2015. Over the years, many of Hwang's students have won awards in many local and state-level piano competitions, such as the Tennessee Music Teachers Association state competition, Young Artist Achievement Awards, Blair Pre-College Piano Competitions, and Clavierfest, among others.
Hwang frequently appears as an adjudicator at various piano competitions and auditions, including the Junior Federated Piano Festival, Nashville Music Teachers Association Annual Auditions, as well as competitions organized by the Tennessee and Alabama music teachers associations. She is an active member of music teachers associations, and currently serves on the board for the Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Competition. For her contributions to the Nashville Music Teachers Association for which she was the Vice President and Program Chair, as well as the Chair for the Fall Fest Piano Competition, she was chosen as the Service Award recipient.
Hwang is currently a Senior Artist Teacher at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, where she has been on the full-time faculty since 2005.