What do the Seoul Grand Symphony Orchestra, Suzuki string methods, and TBMA have in common? They’re all favorites of our new violin teacher, Sungho Jung!

Tampa Bay Music Academy is pleased to welcome Sungho to our music faculty. As we start this new school year, we know our students and their families will enjoy getting to know Sungho as we pursue our love for music together.

Sungho holds a D.M.A. in Violin Performance from Michigan State University and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Boston University. He also earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a performance certificate from Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic.

Sungho has performed with a number of symphony orchestras and chamber music groups throughout his musical education and career. In 1998 at the age of 13, he performed as a soloist with the Seoul Grand Symphony Orchestra in Korea. In 1999, he won second prize in the Namyang City String Competition in Korea, and he returned to the competition the following year when he took first prize. He also performed at the Summit Chamber Music Festival in New York in 2005, at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont in 2012-2014, and at the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy in 2019.

Each of these experiences has shaped Sungho as a musician, preparing him to share his knowledge and skill with the next generation.

Sungho loves to instill the joy of music in students as they set their own goals and work toward their potential. That’s why he started the Musicista Chamber Music Series in Tampa.

To help our students and their families get to know Sungho better, we asked him a few questions about his musical experience:

TBMA: What is your favorite musical memory?

Sungho: My favorite musical memory is playing with the Seoul Grand Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. I also have wonderful memories of playing in the Boston Symphony Hall when I studied music at Boston University.

TBMA: What is your favorite musical work that you have personally performed?

Sungho: Recently, my favorite musical work was Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano trio. It was my first time playing a female composer’s piece, and it’s the only piano trio she wrote.

TBMA: How did you know you wanted to teach?

Sungho: I wanted to share the wonderful music experiences I’ve had with others, and I wanted to help students reach their own goals. I love watching students develop their playing and listening skills, and I enjoy watching the surprise on their faces when they learn to make a good sound.

TBMA: What is your favorite teaching method?

Sungho: For young students, I like to use Essential Elements for Strings, I Can Read Music, Suzuki, and Solos for Young Violinists/Violists. As students advance, I introduce other methods to help them reach their potential. I also use open string exercises to develop technical skill.

TBMA: When do you recommend starting private music lessons?

Sungho: As soon as the student begins playing. Students can get more details when they take private music lessons from the beginning as opposed to just playing in a group.

TBMA: What brought you to TBMA?

Sungho: I heard good things about TBMA from my friends who are faculty members (John and Valeria). Everyone is very passionate to teach and loves making music, and they are always friendly with the students.

TBMA: What do you enjoy when you’re not teaching or playing music?

Sungho: I like riding my bike, playing soccer, and playing with my two cats, Plum and Seri.

We’re so excited to kick off the new school year with Sungho, and we’re looking forward to helping our students grow in their love for music.

Welcome to TBMA, Sungho!


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