Student Voice


November 30, 2023



UWRF professor accepts new position in Korea

February 8, 2022

Professor of Music Dr. JW Park announced his retirement from UW-River Falls as of Friday, January 28th. This happened following Dr. Park's announcement of his acceptance to the Seoul City Concert Choir as the new Artistic Director and Conductor. Dr. Park made his move to Seoul, South Korea and began this position on February 7th, 2022. This announcement comes after Dr. Park dedicated 20 years of service to UW-River Falls, which was extensively recognized by his colleagues. 

Park was appointed in 2001 and ended his time at UW-River Falls as Director of Choral Activities while teaching private lessons, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and conducting on the side. Park has taught across the United States in Indiana and Alabama and at an international level in Seoul, Korea. He is also an active lectucter in the United States, Korea and Japan. On top of this, Park has created two different choral groups. One in Seoul, Korea and one here at UWRF with both students and staff members. 

Park leaves UWRF with an abundance of knowledge from a variety of institutions. He earned his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting at Michigan State University and his M.M in the same thing from Cleveland State University. Park received his Master of Management in Voice Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Yon-Sei University in Seoul, Korea.