Hye Youn Jang is thrilled to be joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth for the 2020-2021 season. Passionate about inspiring the next generation of musicians, she has served as Visiting Orchestra Director at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and as Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra. She also was a faculty member at the Florida Southern College String Camp in the summers of 2018 and 2019.
Ms. Jang won the Fort Wayne Philharmonic International Workshop in 2019 and led the “Winner Conducts Mozart” concert with that same orchestra in the 2020 season. She has been privileged to actively participate in valued workshops and festivals, including those of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Gyeong-Gi Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), the Chun-Cheon City Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. She also was honored to be able to work with the North Texas Symphony Orchestra, the NOVA Contemporary Ensemble, the University of Iowa Orchestra Chamber Orchestra, UI Opera Production, and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in Busan and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Ms. Jang began her music studies by learning violin and piano. She also holds a Master’s in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Iowa and further still, she achieved a DMA in Orchestra Conducting from the University of North Texas. Ms. Jang has studied with famous conductors, including tutorials with Larry Rachleff, Kenneth Kiesler, Andrew Constantine, Gerard Schwarz, Octavio Más-Arocas and Cristian Macelaru. Her conducting is influenced by David Itkin, Ki-sun Sung, and William LaRue Jones.