Joung A Monica Yum
UCLA Doctor of Musical Arts Choral Conducting candidate, Conducting

Incheon-born conductor Joung-A Yum has embarked on a diverse career as mezzo-soprano, choral director, and pianist. She first started to play the piano at age three, mesmerized by the vivid contrast between the black and white keys. After receiving the Bachelor’s in Piano Performance, Joung-A realized her true passion was vocal music and worked to earn her Masters in Choral Conducting from the Korean National University of Arts.


Since moving to the US in 2018, she has continued her studies at Texas State University with Dr. Craig Hella Johnson and now pursues the Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Dr. James Bass at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Based on her belief that every form of art must inspire audiences, Joung-A strives to make her choral performances as stimulating and fascinating as possible. Passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration, Joung-A established in 2015 a performance group called Y&J, in which she produced premiere performances of over two dozen works by emerging young composers in conjunction with visual art, dance, and other media, including that of her sister, choreographer Joung-Yun Yum.

She has served as Assistant Conductor for the Conspirare Symphonic Choir in Austin, Texas, and looks forward to her role as Chorus Master for the upcoming production of The Rake’s Progress for UCLA Opera, directed by Peter Kazaras. 

Jens Lindemann
Professor - Trumpet Performance and Brass Area Head
Katherine Syer
Adjunct Associate Professor
David Kaplan
Assistant Professor - Piano Performance
Rakefet Hak
Lecturer - Music Director of the UCLA Opera Workshop
Karenn Chutjian Presti
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
William Kinderman
Professor -- Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Denis Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance; Principal Flute LA Phil
Wayne Shorter
Adjunct Professor; Star-Studded Tribute LA Phil (April 2020)
Frank Heuser
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Erin Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance
Ian Krouse
Distinguished Professor
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Kevin McKeown
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Inna Faliks
Professor - Head of Piano
Jan Berry Baker
Associate Professor of Saxophone
Sumner Arano
Lecturer - Reed Making, Bassoon
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
Peter Kazaras
Distinguished Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Movses Pogossian
Professor, Director of Armenian Music Program
Michael Dean
Professor, Voice Performance
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Meghan Turner
Lecturer, Music Education--Brass Methods
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Vladimir Chernov
Distinguished Professor - Voice Performance
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor - Performance Studies
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Juliana Gondek
Distinguished Professor, Voice Performance
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Maria Fortuna Dean
Lecturer - Voice Performance
Nick DePinna
Lecturer--Introduction to Musicianship
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Herbie Hancock
Adjunct Professor; LA Phil Guest Artist
James Bass
Professor - Director of Choral Studies
Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance; Principal Clarinet LA Phil
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Wendy Richman
Lecturer--High Strings, Music Education
Kay Rhie
Assistant Professor
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Paul Floyd
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Kendall Renaud
UCLA Master of Music Choral Conducting candidate
Antonio Lysy
Professor - Cello Performance and Strings Area Head

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