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Sabbatical Takes Music Professor to South Korea

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Professor of Music and Coordinator of Piano Studies Kent Lyman was on sabbatical during the  Fall 2017 semester. He spent all of October in South Korea on a visiting professorship at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul. He gave 30 hours’ worth of lectures and master classes to a class of 35 women pursuing a master’s degree in piano pedagogy at Sookmyung. He gave a solo recital at Sookmyung, a solo recital and master class at Ewha Women’s University (one of the largest women’s universities in the world), a solo recital at a church in Ilsan (a suburb of Seoul), and a chamber music performance with colleagues from Taejeon at the Praum Instrument Museum in Kyonggido Province.Piano Professor Kent Lyman

Upon his return from Korea, he gave a solo recital performance in Carswell Concert Hall on November 17, 2017, and a week later produced a series of videos with the assistance of professional videographer Mark Manring and piano technician Darin Beery. The videos capture Lyman’s performances of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in B-flat major, K. 281, and a piece entitled Pieces of Arirang, by Bang Ja Hurh, a prominent Korean woman composer. The playing of music by Korean composers that is inspired by Korean folk music is one of Lyman’s long-standing research and performance interests. The videos are available for viewing on YouTube:

Mozart performance   
Hurh performance  

As a result of his sabbatical activities, Lyman has been invited back to Korea to deliver a keynote lecture at the 10th national conference of the Korean Association of Piano Pedagogy. The conference occurs on May 19, 2018, at Sangmyung University in Seoul.


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