Dr. Kyu Jung Rhee, a native of South Korea, received BM (cum laude), MM, and DMA degrees in piano performance from Rutgers University. Her teachers, mentors and master class teachers include Theodore Lettvin, Samuel Dilworth-Leslie, Herbert Stessin, Jeannette Haine, Russell Sherman, Richard Goode, Nelita True, Harvey Shapiro, Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, David Soyer, and Donald & Vivian Weilerstein. She is a winner of Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the Corsi Internazionali Etruria (sponsored by the Associazione Culturale F. Chopin) in Italy and a recipient of numerous scholarship awards including the Eubie Blake Scholarship, Aspen Music Scholarship, Dr. D. Morrow Scholarship, and the Nicholas Scholarship from Rutgers University.
As a solo and chamber music recitalist, Dr. Rhee has performed in the United States, South Kores, Italy, and Uganda. An avid chamber musician, she is a founding member of I Medici Trio, has performed with the Essex String Quartet, and currently performs with various groups in the Princeton, NJ area.
Dr. Rhee previously taught piano and related music courses at the Kon Kuk University, Yewon School of the Arts, Hanyang Women’s College in Seoul and Rutgers community Music School. She was invited to teach and give master classes at the African Institute of Music in Kampala, Uganda.. Dr. Rhee was a vocal accompanist and coach at The College of New Jersey. Interested in early piano training, she has edited the Korean version of all levels of Succeeding at the Piano, method books written by Dr. Helen Malais (FJH Music Company Inc.). In addition to teaching piano at Millersville University, Dr. Rhee teaches piano and coaches chamber music at Westminster Conservatory of Rider University in Princeton, NJ and holds a private studio. Her students have won numerous competitions and auditions and have performed in venues such as the Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall (NYC), and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music designated by Music Teachers National Association, Dr. Rhee has served on the Board of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association for numerous years.