Young Keun Kim, sight-reading/music theory/conductor
Young Keun Kim is currently the Director of Orchestras at Johns Creek High School in Johns Creek, Georgia. He is a graduate of Georgia State University where he received Bachelor of Music degree (B.M.) and the Master of Music Education degree (M.M.Ed.). For the past twenty nine years, he has taught and directed orchestras at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Mr. Kim has taken two different high school orchestras to the prestigious Midwest Clinic-An International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago – the Centennial High School Orchestra (2005) and Johns Creek High School Orchestra (2012). His groups were also invited to perform at the 58th Biennial Music Educators National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee (2002); and have five times performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Savannah, Georgia (2000, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015). Young Kim’s groups also traveled and performed internationally–participating in four European concert tours (2001, 2005, 2009, 2014). The performances include cities of Austria (Salzburg, Vienna, Eisenstadt), Germany (Munich), Italy (Rome, Perugia, Florence, Assisi, Cremona, Padua, Venice), Hungary (Budapest), and Czech Republic (Prague). His orchestras also performed numerous times at the Symphony Hall and at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion. For the past twenty nine years, his groups have earned consecutive SUPERIOR ratings at the GMEA District V Orchestra Large-Group Performance Evaluation.
Young Kim has also been active in the Korean-American community in Atlanta Area. He has founded the Korean-American Youth Center Orchestra/KAYCO (청소년 센타 오케스트라) in 1994 and has conducted this orchestra for four years. The members of the KAYCO included some of the top middle, high school, and college student musicians in the Atlanta area. This group was invited to perform in various important functions including the performance at the Woodruff Park during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. Young Kim has also directed the Korean-American Chamber Orchestra. The members included concertmaster and principal string players of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) and college students of Georgia State University.
Young Kim is an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout Georgia and Southeast. He has served as the GMEA District V Orchestra Chair, organizing chairman for the District V Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation, and organizing chairman for the Fulton County High School Honor Orchestra. Young Kim has also served as the National High School Honor Orchestra (NHSHO) Representative/Chair for Georgia. He currently serves as the certified Head Adjudicator for the GMEA Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation.
His current professional affiliation includes National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), American String Teachers Association (ASTA), and Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education. Young Kim is listed in the 2006-2007 editions of National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals.
Young Kim has been a member of the prestigious Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) faculty for four summers (1998, 1999, 2000, and 2003). In addition to guest conducting All-State and Honor Orchestras throughout Georgia and Southeast, he has also conducted many summer music camps such as the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) music camp and the University of Georgia Summer Music Camp in Athens, Georgia, and the conductor of the Interlochen Summer Music Arts Camp in Interlochen, MI.
In 2006, Young Kim was selected as the “2006 Georgia Music Educator of the Year” by the Georgia Music Educators Association. He is listed in the 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006 editions of the “Who’s Who Among America ‘s Teachers.” He was also selected and recognized as the “Expert Teacher Cadre-7” in the Fulton County Schools system in 1997 and participated in its leadership program. Young Kim was named the “S.T.A.R. Teacher” of Johns Creek High School in 2010 and “Teacher of the Year” at Johns Creek High School in 2011. Young Kim was again named “S.T.A.R. Teacher” for 2012.
In addition to being the Director of Orchestras at Johns Creek High School, he also teaches the AP Music Theory class.
William Fowler, piano/music theory
Conductor and Pianist William Fowler studied piano performance and orchestral conducting at Georgia State University. There he performed regularly as a pianist with the school’s Choirs, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra, before getting involved in conducting and becoming the assistant conductor of the University orchestra. He gave his conducting debut on a concert with guest artist Pepe Romero, conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.
As a pianist he has performed with chamber groups and as a soloist in Europe and the United States at different music festivals, including ones in Munich, Germany; Bolzano, Italy; Thessaloniki, Greece; Kutztown, Pennsylvania; and New York. He has also worked extensively as a vocal coach both at home in Atlanta, and at the Three Bridges International Music Festival in Duluth, Minnesota, and La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy. He was invited twice to Renmin University in Beijing, China, to represent the Georgia State University School of Music and give a performance with several other students and faculty.
Together with pianist Grace Meng Tian he founded the Sino-American Music Association, which organized ten concerts and master classes on Classical and Chinese music in its first year, both in the United States and in China, as well as arranging traditional Chinese works for western chamber groups, and translating music texts between Chinese and English.
Mr. Fowler currently serves as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Musicians’ Orchestra. He also works as a staff pianist at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. He has been teaching piano in the Atlanta area for over 5 years.