JUDITH JEON

Co-founder and board member of M.A.I. Foundation, Judith Jeon is a soprano who has sang professionally for most of her early career. She has performed in opera and lieder recitals throughout Europe, United States, and Asia. An engaging music educator, she frequently presents lectures and master classes at many colleges and schools of music.

Judy Jeon's life and work reflect her venturesome spirit and creative muse. Concurrent to her work in music performance and teaching, she has also devoted herself to writing essays, music journalism and criticism. Since the early 1990s Judy has served as the senior New York correspondent for the performing arts magazine Auditorium. Her writings have also been published in numerous books, journals, magazines, and newspapers. Her latest book, Aria of Love and Happiness (published by Samtoh Press), is a collection of autobiographical essays that deal with family, education, music and culture in our contemporary society. Among her many media appearances include interviews and documentaries about her experiences and work in humanitarian outreach (CBS-TV), on music and gifted education today (KBS-TV), and on her musical family Joyous Life: A Day in the Life of Paul Kim and Family (an animated short documentary). Judy has concertized with her husband, the pianist Paul Kim, and with their two sons Matthew and James. Through their individual and collaborative efforts, the family Kim has contributed in significant ways to the mission of the M.A.I. Foundation.

Following her years of musical study and performances in Europe, Judy continued her studies at Juilliard, Columbia, and CUNY in the professional studies and doctoral programs. In addition to her degrees in music, Judy also holds a Master of Science in Educational Technology, and has increasingly devoted her work in the application of new technology to music, education, and the creative arts. In her position as the managing director of the M.A.I. Foundation, Judy oversees the administrative, educational, and performing activities, in addition to her work as liason to the public and other partner organizations.

 

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