Ms. Jihae Shin began her study of piano at the age of five in Korea, where she was born. She began competing in local piano competitions while in elementary school. Ms. Jihae earned a Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Houston-Moores School of Music and her Bachelor of Music at the University of Puget Sound. Her primary instructors include Tanya Stambuk, Nancy Weems, and Erin Chung. In addition to competing in multiple piano competitions in the states, both state and regional, Jihae has performed in Master Classes for internationally renowned pianists Daniel Pollack, Christopher O’Riley, and Norman Krieger. As a sophomore in college, Jihae won first alternate at the 2010–2011 Washington Idaho Symphony Young Artists competition. In 2012, she was accepted into the Seattle Piano Institute at the University of Washington, where she studied with Dr. Robin McCabe and Craig Sheppard. Jihae attended the summer program at Brevard Music Center in 2013 and 2014, studying under Craig Nies and Sandra Wright-Shen.
Ms. Jihae has also served as a pianist and accompanist at churches in the Seattle and Houston areas. She frequently collaborates with both vocalists and instrumentalists, and performs regularly with chamber ensembles and choral groups.
Before returning to the Pacific Northwest, Ms. Jihae shared her passion for music with all levels and ages through teaching positions at numerous private music schools in the Houston area, including at Cyfair Music and Arts, School of Fine Arts at Houston’s First Baptist Church, and Allegro Pearland Academy of Music. Ms. Jihae’s former students in Texas participated and placed top awards in local piano contests, and earned high scores on TMTA (Texas Music Teacher Association) music theory tests
Meeting all different students and helping their musical interest and talent to grow! I enjoy working with each individual who loves music!