September 19, 2014 at 11:15am
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Dr. Chung-Ha Kim, Millikin University adjunct professor of music, has been honored as a Steinway Artist by world-renowned piano maker Steinway & Sons.
 
For decades Steinway & Sons has cultivated special relationships with pianists from every genre. From classical pianists like Lang Lang, to jazz stars like Diana Krall, to pop icons like Billy Joel, to "immortals" like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Arthur Rubinstein '€” more than 1,600 artists make the Steinway their own.
 
In reference to Dr. Kim, Steinway & Sons says, "Your commitment to excellence in your artistic and professional achievements make it most appropriate that you are now included on the Steinway Artist Roster, a list of the most accomplished artists in the world."
 
"Steinway represents all the qualities I strive for as a pianist '€“ patience, excellence and beauty," said Dr. Kim. "This recognition encourages me to continue to refine my skills as a pianist. Just as Steinway pianos represent excellence and superior craftsmanship, I want to continue to reflect those same qualities in my playing."

Dr. Chung-Ha Kim teaches Preparatory Piano, Class Piano, Applied Piano, and Piano Pedagogy at Millikin. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, her Master of Music and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.
 
Dr. Kim added, "As a Steinway Artist, you are asked to maintain high standards in your artistic and professional achievements. While I have always done the same in my teaching, this recognition certainly adds even more motivation to encourage my students to do their best."
 
Dr. Kim performs widely as a solo and collaborative pianist, including performances at the University of Chicago, Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen, Germany, Radford University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Harper College, Millikin University, Western Illinois University, Mount Union College, and Steinway Piano Gallery in Springfield, Ill.
 
She premiered "Prelude to Raphael" by John Stafford II, and has published articles in Clavier and Piano Pedagogy Forum. An active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), she has served as vice president of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA) and president of the Decatur Area Music Teachers Association (DAMTA).
 
"We are delighted that Dr. Kim is now a Steinway Artist," said Dr. Stephen Widenhofer, director of Millikin's School of Music and professor of music. "As an all-Steinway school, this honor complements Millikin's commitment to quality teaching and to having the best equipment in the Perkinson Music Center for our students."
 
Dr. Kim added, "My connection with Steinway goes back a long time '€“ I was 12 years old when my parents purchased a brand new Hamburg Steinway A for me. I remember coming home from school and seeing the piano for the first time, it literally took my breath away. It's wonderful to be recognized as a Steinway Artist decades after that first experience. But to be honest, I also feel a little awed, since I am now listed on the same roster with piano superstars such as Yefim Bronfman, Evgeny Kissin and Mitsuko Uchida."