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The Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas | Yunior Lopez, Founder

Korean-American violinist and pedagogue, Susan J. Kim, studied with Sally Thomas and Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance. During her studies at The Juilliard School, Dr. Kim won the concerto competition and performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Symphony. She was also the recipient of the Charles Petschek Award and the Michael Cohen Scholarship, given to exceptional students based on their musical performances.

Dr. Kim has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral member across the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, and South Korea. She has worked with distinguished artists such as Joseph Gingold, Charles Castleman, Roland Vamos, Stephanie Chase, Mitchell Stern, Steven Doane, Charles Reiner, and Gibert Kalish, as well as members of the Vermeer and Juilliard string quartets.

In pursuit of becoming a music educator, Dr. Kim received a Doctorate of Education from Teachers College of Columbia University. Since then, Dr. Kim has published articles in the American String Teachers Journal and the String Research Journal, and has presented her research at the American String Teachers Association national conference.

Before joining the faculty at Gordon College as Assistant Professor of Music in 2010, Dr. Kim was a member of the violin faculty of the Preparatory Division at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. A renowned pedagogue, Dr. Kim’s students have won numerous awards and prizes in international competitions and have been accepted to top music institutions. She also serves on the faculty of the summer Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.