DR. SOOAH PARK has performed operatic roles of Oscar, Countess, Susanna, Michaela, Salud, Boy, Pamina, Antonia , and Goldentrill . Houston Arts Week praised her Oscar from Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, “Sooah Park shines as Oscar, and her singing is utterly delightful.” Houston Chronicle commented, “Sooah Park is excellent as Oscar the page and provides comic relief throughout the opera with her bright coloratura and her fine acting.”
Dr. Park’s performance experience includes a broad array of musical idioms and styles. She has performed in the countries of Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Finland, and South Korea. In 2015-16 season, Ms. Park performed a soprano soloist in Bach’s Cantata 140 with the Tyler Civic Chorale and a soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with East Texas Symphony Orchestra. The universities she performed in guest recitals include UT Arlington, Stephen F. Austin, Pennsylvania State University, Providence College, and others.
She is also an avid presenter at conferences. Dr. Park presented a workshop, “Feasibility of offering blended music lessons” at the College Music Society International conference in Sydney, Australia in 2017. She also performed a recital at the CMS International conference in Sweden and Finland in 2015 in which she presented songs by Jean Sibelius. Dr. Park presented a lecture at the National Opera Association convention in Indianapolis in 2016 and a lecture recital at NATS Texoma region conference in 2015 and 2017.
Aside from her performing career, the operas Dr. Park has directed include The Gondoliers, The Merry Widow, Hansel and Gretel, Mysteries on the Dock, A Muskrat Lullaby, The Old Maid and the Thief, and The Magic Flute. Her directing scene from The Old Maid and the Thief was one of four finalists in the Collegiate Opera Scene Competition graduate category at the 2015 National Opera Association convention in Greensboro, NC.
Currently, Dr. Park is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Tyler. She holds a Doctoral and a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Eastman School of Music. She studied with Rose Taylor at the University of Texas at Austin. Her former teachers include William McIver, Irene Gubrud, and Masako Toribara. She worked with Teresa Zylis-Gara, Grace Bumbrey, Mary Dunleavy, Renee Fleming, and Lucy Schaufer in Master Classes at the University of Texas at Austin.