Our Faculty

Artistic Director Elliott Bark
Violin Carrie Bark
Violin Jung Eun Kim
Viola Gregory Yung
Cello Andrew Su
Flute Suhnyoung Yoon
Clarinet Sierra Allen
Trumpet Jonathan Kang
Percussion Arthur Lin

Elliott Bark, Artistic Director

Described by the New York Times as “…abrasive outbursts…monstrous climax…yearning melody in a rapturous surge,” music by Elliott Bark (b.1980) has been performed in many venues, such as Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival and Korean Composers Festival.

Elliott has worked with many groups, including Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Cleveland Orchestra members, The New York Classical Players, The New York Youth Symphony, St. Michel Strings (Finland), Soliall Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), Orquestra Eleazar de Carvalho (Brazil), Petar Jankovic Ensemble, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Zzyzx Saxophone Quartet, French Ensemble Zellig, Indiana University Orchestra and Saxophone Ensemble, Ensemble Christo, Kuttner and Eppes String Quartets, Arundo Donax, Akropolis Reed Quintet, Luna Nova Chamber Ensemble and duo parnas.

Elliott, a recipient of Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship from Aspen Music Festival and School, has received numerous prizes including 2013 Indiana University Dean’s Prize, 2012 The Korean National Composer Prize, 2010 Bowdoin International Music Festival Composition Competition, 2009 First Music Commission, 2008 Kuttner Quartet Composition Competition, 2007 Beethoven Club Composition Contest and 2003 Korean Episcopal Church Composition Competition. Currently, Elliott works as a composer-in-residence for Petar Jankovic Ensemble and Thegenbals Music Society (Korea). In 2014, Elliott has received commissions by The New York Classical Players for Grammy-nominated flutist Carol Wincenc (Juilliard Professor), Oboist Linda Strommen (Indiana University Professor), Fischoff’s Gold Medalist Akropolis Reed Quintet, Fischoff’s Grand Prize winner Barkada Saxophone Quartet and the Southern California Korean Church Music Association.

Elliott has held other artistic positions such as pianist in the Republic of Korea Navy Symphonic Band, and assistant director of Indiana University New Music Ensemble. As a conductor, Elliott received 2012 Mrs. Hong Pham New Music Performance Award from Indiana University and directs not only classical repertoire, but has also premiered more than 50 compositions by living composers. In addition, he was the first conductor for the first-ever Double Exposure project, a unique collaboration between composers and film students at Indiana University where live music is performed to silent films. Elliott currently conducts four different groups: Ensemble Christo-LA, Bethel Vision Youth Orchestra, Bethel Korean Church and Porterville Summer Strings.

Elliott received his doctoral degree in composition from Indiana University where Elliott served as an Associate Instructor in the composition department. He has studied composition with Claude Baker, David Dzubay, Don Freund, P.Q. Phan and Sydney Hodkinson and instrumental conducting with David Effron, Arthur Fagen and Cliff Colnot. (www.elliottbark.com)

Carrie Bark, Violin

Carrie Ann Bark received her Bachelor’s in violin performance at the Jacob School of Music in Bloomington, IN in 2009, and masters with certification in music education, also at Jacobs, in May 2013. As a music teacher, she currently works with Education Through Music-LA in four different elementary schools in the Burbank area, while teaching violin privately in LA.

During the summer, Mrs. Bark performs, teaches, and acts as Director of Education for the Porterville Summer Strings camp – an outreach annual strings camp at low cost for the students in Porterville, CA.

To continue using her skills as an orchestral performer, she plays for the orchestras of Sarang Church in Anaheim, and for the Orange County Symphony, also in Anaheim.

Jung Eun Kim, Violin

Born in South Korea, Jung Eun Kim began to play the violin when she was six years old, and pursued an intensive course of musical studies during her youth at the Ye-Won School of the Arts and the Duk-Won High School of the Arts.

Ms. Kim received her Master Degree of Music from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, where she was a scholarship recipient. Prior to her studies in New York, she received her Bachelor Degree of Music from Han-Yang University in Seoul, Korea. While there, she was concertmaster for the university’s orchestra.

In Seoul, Ms. Kim performed as soloist for The Leader’s Ensemble and was a member of the New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Her teachers have included Masao Kawasaki, Matthew Reichert, Joseph Kim, and Sun Hee Kim.

Gregory Yung, Viola

Gregory Yung, viola earned his B.M. Viola Performance degree from The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University studying with Kathryn Plummer, while also completing Pre-Med requirements. An accomplished ensemble musician, he previously served as Principal Viola of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and Principal Viola of the award-winning Symphony Orchestra at the Orange County School of the Arts.

During his high school years he studied with Robert Becker, Principal Violist of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He currently serves as viola coach for the Christian Youth Symphony of Irvine. He is attending the Keck Graduate Institute to complete a Pre-Medical Postbaccuralate Certificate and is aiming to apply to medical school this summer.

Andrew Su, Cello

Cellist Andrew Su, a native of South Korea, began learning instruments at the age of 4 from his parents, he decided to majoring in cello at the age of 14. He is a 2007 alumna of Sun Hwa Arts High School (Seoul, South Korea), and studied with Jae eun Lee.

Mr. Su has participated in festivals and competitions where he has won prizes for performance, including Student Competition of Korea District, Sunhwa concerto competition, International Music Alp Festival, NYC Bach Festival, Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatory festival, CSUF concerto competition, and Baroque music competition in NYC.

Mr. Su was accepted as a scholarship student at Juilliard school (2009-2010), full scholarship student in cello performance at Manhattan School of Music (2010-2012) studied with Fred Sherry, California State University Fullerton (2015-present) studying with Bong shin Ko.

Suhnyoung Yoon, Flute

Top Prize winner of The Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Competition, Midland-Odessa Concerto Competition, Central Ohio Flute Association Competition, National Flute Association High School soloist competition, NYFC competition, , Ms. Suhnyoung Yoon is an active teacher and freelance musician in Southern California area where she frequently serves as Principal Flutist for local chamber groups and orchestras, such as Glendale Phil, Pasadena Symphony, and touring ballet and choral companies on their Orange County stops.

Some of prestigious venues such as concerts with Julius Baker, Michel Debost, Carol Wincenc, and Jean-Pierre Rampal at Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Hall in New York, Sprague Hall in Connecticut, Seoul Arts Center and Sejong Center for the Performing Arts have presented her as soloists with Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra and Korean Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Yoon has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at Banff Center for the Arts, Flute Society of Washington, New York Flute Club, Aspen Music Festival, Saratoga Music Festival and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

She holds Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with Michel Debost and a Master’s degree from Yale School of Music under Ransom Wilson. She achieved Doctor of Musical Arts candidacy at SUNY Stony Brook, working with Carol Wincenc.

She is a currently a DMA candidate at the Claremont graduate university.

Sierra Allen, Clarinet

Sierra Allen is a clarinetist from Redmond, Washington where she began learning her instrument in her school’s band program. She participated in honor bands and solo competitions throughout high school, winning 2nd place in the Washington State Solo Competition at age 17. She earned her BM degree in Music Education from Biola University, where she served as principal clarinet in the Symphonic Winds and Symphony Orchestra for all four years of study. Sierra is an active performer and has entered into a graduate program in clarinet performance at California State University Fullerton. Her teachers include Ray Guyll (Director of the Microsoft Jazz Band), Josh Ranz (Principal of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra), and Boris Allakhverdyan (Principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic).

Jonathan Kang, Trumpet

Mr. Kang is a trumpet freelancer in the LA and OC County. He has performed with various artists such as, Mischa Maisky, Michael Burritt, Bob Sullivan, David Benoit, Brian McKnight, Baby Face, Korean Pop Star Kim Tae Woo, Kim Chee-Yun and many more. Freelancing in Southern California has given Mr. Kang many opportunities and experiences to grow as a musician.

Kang has taken his performance international. He was a soloist for the Ulsan University and performed as principle trumpet twice, at the Chang Hana’s Absolute Classic Summer Music Festival.

In 2010, Mr. Kang moved to Rochester, NY to study trumpet at the Eastman School of Music under the teachings of Professor James Thompson and Professor Doug Prosser. Kang has had the honor to perform under many conductors such as Maestro Varon, Maestro Scatterday, Maestro Hunsberger, Maestro Brad Lubman, Maestro Benton Hess, Rich Thompson, and Maestro Weinert. Performed with the Eastman Wind Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Opera, Eastman Symphony Orchestra, and Eastman Philharmonia. He also freelanced in the Rochester area, performing in various churches, high schools, and senior centers.

Kang has done numerous performances at multiple venues in the United States and South Korea such as Disney Concert Hall, Eastman Theatre, Kilbourn Hall, Hatch Recital Hall, Segerstrom Concert Hall, Zipper Hall, Cerritos Performing Art Center, Kennedy Hall, George Mason University Concert Hall, Bundang Central Park Outdoor Stage and Seongnam Art Center.

Kang is currently studying to achieve his Master in Trumpet Performance at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, where he is studying with Professor Boyde Hood. He received his Bachelor of Trumpet Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2014. Kang has also been the trumpet teacher at the Korean American Youth Symphony since 2010.

Arthur Lin, Percussion

Arthur Lin is a percussionist in the Southern California area. He is interested in all types of musical art forms, but displays great passion for orchestral music. He has performed under such conductors as Keith Lockhart, Matthias Bamert, Carl St. Clair, Robert Moody, John Alexander, Robert Kahlia and Yehuda Gilad. He currently serves as section percussionist in the YMF Debut Orchestra.

In 2014, he attended the Alan Abel Percussion Seminar where he attended the master classes of Alan Abel and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the summer of 2015 and 2016, he spent the summer attending the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival.

Besides orchestral music, Arthur adores the music of J.S. Bach and performs it regularly on marimba. His other musical passions include jazz and Cuban music.

He completed an undergraduate degree at CSU Fullerton, where his principal teachers were Robert Slack and Ken McGrath. He is currently completing a graduate degree at CSU Long Beach, where he studies in Edward Atkatz’s studio.

Besides performing, he maintains an active teaching schedule where his students have found success in auditions and honor ensembles.