Meet the Team
(BM, MM, PD)
Simeon Kim recently graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with both a Master of Music degree and a Performer Diploma in Piano Performance. At the Jacobs School of Music, Mr. Kim studied with Karen Shaw under the auspices of the “Artistic Excellence Award.” He was also awarded with the position of Associate Instructor of Piano where he taught group and private piano classes to both undergraduate and graduate students. Simeon received an apprenticeship/fellowship during the summer of 2010 to attend Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy. Here he studied privately with Sedmara Rustein and chamber with Anne Shih. He performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the country. He was in-residence at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York as a staff pianist and teaching assistant from 2008-2009. At NYSMF, he taught the beginning piano class, and assisted with the piano ensemble, sight-reading, and accompanying classes. Simeon also studied with Peter Takacs at the Oberlin Conservatory where he was awarded the “Dean’s Talent Award,” and earned his Bachelor of Music. In high school, he studied with Teresa Falk in Yorktown, Va. Simeon has participated in master classes with Jon Nakamatsu, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Andrew Willis, Lambert Orkis, Scott McBride Smith, and Jungeun Kim.
Tristi Chan graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. Miss Chan studied with pianist Mrs. Reiko-Shigeoka Neriki as a recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award. Tristi began studying piano at the age of three. She obtained ATCL (Associate of Trinity College, London), the piano performance diploma when she was fourteen and finished the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in 2008. She pursued her undergraduate degree in piano performance at Cameron University where she studied with pianist, Dr. Hyunsoon Whang. During her college life, she has given many performances and recitals in universities in the United States. She was the winner of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Collegiate Division Piano Competition in 2009. She was also the recipient of the McMahon Scholarship, Aldine Cash Music Scholarship, Presser Scholarship, and the William Fletcher Memorial Piano Award several times. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, the international music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, the American music honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society that recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields. With her academic excellence, she was chosen to be on the Dean’s List and President’s Honor roll numerous times. Miss Chan is an experienced piano teacher and piano accompanist.
Pianist and Educator Tim Dail graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy where he was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant. As a student, Tim was awarded accolades at State and Regional Solo/Concerto competitions. He completed summer studies at London Master Classes, Oberlin Piano Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival and Meadowmount School of Music. He was also awarded Young Artist Fellowships to perform at Colorado College Chamber Music Festival and the Manchester Chamber Music Festival. Following music studies, Tim served as Staff Accompanist at Belhaven University as well as Piano Faculty at William Carey University. He also studied to become an Occupational Therapy practitioner following a keyboard injury in 2011. Tim works in the Hampton Roads area as a Music Educator and Hand Therapy practitioner. He is passionate about encouraging the development of musicianship in students of all ages.