Associate Professor of Organ, Albert L. Travis chair of Organ, and Chair of the Organ Department
Dr. Yoon-Mi Lim is Associate Professor of Organ and holds the Albert L. Travis Chair of Organ in the School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where she teaches courses in organ literature, organ pedagogy, service playing and applied organ. She also maintains an active schedule as a concert organist performing internationally.
Dr. Lim was the first-prize winner of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP), sponsored by the American Guild of Organists (AGO), held during the 47th national convention of the guild in Los Angeles in 2004. In addition to the NYACOP, Dr. Lim has won prizes in other competitions, including the John Rodland Scholarship Competition (2003), the Arthur Poister Organ Competition (2003), and the Korea Piano Duo Competition (1995).
Dr. Lim performs internationally as a concert organist. In 2004-2006, she gave concerts as the winner of the NYACOP under the management of Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc. She joined the Concert Artist Cooperative in 2006 and continues to keep an active concert schedule. She has also been engaged in performances with numerous choirs and soloists as a pianist and organist.
Originally from South Korea, Dr. Lim received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Yonsei University in Seoul, where her teachers were Tong-Soon Kwak and Kyung-Hee Jung. While studying organ at Yonsei, she also pursued private study in piano performance with Myung-Jin Kim. She received her Doctor of Music in Organ Performance and Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she studied organ literature and performance with Christopher Young and church music with Marilyn Keiser.
Dr. Lim has been an active church musician from an early age as a singer in youth choirs, organist, pianist, and director of both choral and handbell choirs. She has served churches and led their music programs in diverse capacities. Her recent appointments include the Organist and Handbell Director at Fairview United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Indiana, and the Music Director and Organist at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Indiana.
As the winner of the NYACOP, Dr. Lim has recorded a CD, Gifts from Above, with Pro Organo (www.zarex.com). Selections from the recording and her live performances have been featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams.