Conducting Associate, Vox Aquilae
Collaborative Pianist, A Cappella Choir & Grand Chorus
Conductor’s Chorus Coordinator
Born in South Korea, Dong Hyun Kang is a pianist, conductor, and educator. He began his musical education with the piano at age 7 and first appeared in a public concert at age 15 with Seoul Symphony Orchestra in Seoul Arts Center. Since then, he has performed in various venues and won prizes in national or international competitions in South Korea and the United States. He holds degrees in piano performance from Seoul National University, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and University of Cincinnati and a graduate diploma from New England Conservatory of Music. His primary piano teachers include James Tocco, Eugene Pridonoff, Gabriel Chodos, Seth Knopp, Hyung Bae Kim, and Young-Mee Yun. Kang has a particular interest in the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, which led him to present a lecture recital and produce a doctoral document on the composer’s music. He served as a graduate assistant to teach piano for undergraduate and graduate students at University of Cincinnati. In his studios, he taught numerous piano students over 16 years. In 2020-2021, he was an Adjunct Professor of Piano and Staff Accompanist at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Kang’s musical passion is further extended to both choral and orchestral conducting: the latter is the cognate area of his doctoral study at University of Cincinnati. In 2015-2020, he served as a conductor for the choir and orchestra at Power Mission Baptist Church of Cincinnati. In 2020-2021, he studied conducting and theology of music in the Master of Music in Church Music program (Conducting Concentration) at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary while shaping theological understandings on music and its related topics as well as on his calling to live as a Christ-centered professional musician who glorifies God and serves people with music. Currently, Kang continues his conducting trainings under the guidance of Allen Hightower in the Master of Music in Choral Conducting program at University of North Texas, where he serves various roles as a teaching assistant: conducting associate for Vox Aquilae, pianist for A Cappella Choir and Grand Chorus, and coordinator for Conductors’ Chorus. He is also Director of Music in Flower Mound Korean Church. His conducting teachers include Allen Hightower, Kristina MacMullen, Markand Thakar, Aik Khai Pung, Mark Gibson, Brett Scott, Annunziata Tomaro, Huan Jing, Charles Peltz, and Erica Washburn.