Yoon-Mi Lim


Yoon-Mi Lim is Dean of the Organ Department and Associate Professor of Organ, and holds the Albert L. Travis Chair, in the School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where she teaches courses in Organ Literature, Organ Pedagogy, Service Playing and Applied Organ. She also maintains an active schedule as a concert organist performing throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.


She was the first-prize winner of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP), sponsored by the American Guild of Organists (AGO), held during the National Convention of the guild in Los Angeles, CA, 2004. In addition to winning the NYACOP in 2004, she has won several other prizes including first-prize in the John Rodland Scholarship Competition, the second-prize in the Arthur Poister Organ Competition, and the first-prize in the Korea Piano Duo Competition.

Dr. Lim is active as a performer and lecturer: performing in AGO Conventions and various organ festivals and presenting workshops and master classes in the US, Europe and Asia. In 2004-2006, she has given concerts and master classes as the winner of NYACOP under the management of Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc. She joined the Concert Artist Cooperative in 2006.

As a devoted church musician from a young age, Dr. Lim has served churches in various capacities; organist, pianist, chorister, choir director, handbell choir director, and children’s choir director. She currently serves as Interim Organist at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas.

Originally from South Korea, Dr. Lim received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Yonsei University in Seoul where her teachers were Dr. Tong-Soon Kwak and Kyung-Hee Jung. While studying organ at Yonsei, she also continued her study in piano with Myung-Jin Kim. She received the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, where she studied organ performance and literature with Dr. Christopher Young, and church music courses with Dr. Marilyn Keiser. In 2015, Dr. Lim received the Oswald Ragatz Distinguished Organ Alumni Award from the Organ Department, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.

As the winner of the NYACOP, Yoon-Mi Lim has recorded a CD, “Gifts from Above,” with Pro Organo (www.proorgano.com), one of America’s leading labels in recordings of organ and choral music. Selections from the recording and her live performances have been featured on American Public Media’s program PIPEDREAMS (www.pipedreams.org).


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