Hyokyoung (Hannah) Byun earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts (Konzert Examen, 1997) in Organ Performance from the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany, where she studied with Rudolf Heinemann. While in Germany, she also pursued choral conducting at Hanns Eisler Music Hochschule with Achim Zimmermann and at Universität der Künste in Berlin with Uwe Gronostay. In 1999, in addition to her DMA in Organ Performance, she was also awarded Diplom für Dirigent (Masters in Conducting) from the Universität für Künste. While studying in Berlin, Ms. Byun served as music director for Martin Luther King Church, and as organist/accompanist for the Berliner Sing Akademie under conductor Achimm Zimmermann. Concurrently, she was a recitalist at the prestigious Gedächnis Kirche memorial church, and served as guest conductor with the Berliner Philharmonischen Chor, conducting Mendelssohn’s Paulus.
Previous to her arrival in Seattle in 2009, Hyokyoung was adjunct professor of organ and choral conducting at Yonsei, Joongang, and Jangsin Presbyterian Universities (South Korea). In addition, she was the founding director for Goyang City Children’s Choir, an elite ensemble of 50 select music students. Ms. Byun received her Bachelors of Music in Church Music (emphasis on organ performance) from the prestigious Yonsei University, the foremost school for such study in Korea. At Yonsei, she was selected as First-in-Class for the four years of her enrollment. In Seattle, Hyokyoung is organist at Haller Lake United Methodist Church and music director of the Seattle Dream Church, while she pursues her second doctorate at the UW (DMA in Choral Conducting with Dr. Geoffrey Boers). Recently, she served as interim music director at St. Stephen’s Episcopal (Laurelhurst).
Currently, She is the principal organist at University Presbyterian Church and the music director at Seattle Dream Church.