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Dr. Helen (Hye Jin) Park is an active professional flutist and award-winning
educator focused on broadening community access to music. A native of
Korea, her résumé includes orchestral performances at Carnegie Hall and the
Kennedy Center in North America, as well as with revered Korean institutions
such as the Keum-Pa Professional Flute Ensemble and Sung Nam City
Orchestra. In recent years, Dr. Park has committed to her work as a
pedagogue, serving on faculty at the Long Island Conservatory, Grace Music
School, and the Music Academy of Long Island.
Once a featured Teaching Artist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s
OrchKids program, Dr. Park’s passion for teaching emerged early in her
career. While a student at Yale, she conducted workshops in nine public
schools within the New Haven region as part of the Music in Schools Initiative,
earning recognition from Yale as its Outstanding Teaching Artist of the Year.
Dr. Park wields a ferocious drive to excel as an educator, in part because of
the extraordinary opportunities made by an educator in her own life. In 2005,
renowned flutist Ransom Wilson noticed the promising talent of a 15-year old
Hye Jin while giving masterclasses at a local music intensive. At the end of his
one-week stay, Wilson invited her to attend the Idyllwild Arts Academy in
California—all expenses paid.
Given a new life in America thanks to the kindness and generosity of a single
educator, she placed a premium on her own education, now holding degrees
from the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.), Manhattan School of Music (M.M.),
Yale School of Music (M.M.A.), and Stony Brook University (D.M.A.).
Ultimately, she aspires to pay forward the opportunities she received through
education by founding a school that prioritizes underprivileged students.
In addition to her pedagogical work, Ms. Park co-founded the Clio Artist
Project in late 2020, a performing artist collective centered around herself,
guitarist Nicoletta Todesco, and soprano Emily Donato. Helen Park lives on
Long Island with her husband, bassoonist Dr. Dillon Meacham. In addition to
Ransom Wilson, her mentors include Carol Wincenc, Michael Parloff, Alexa
Still, Michel Debost, Sara Andon, and Soo Yeon Hong.
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