Jazz piano grad student ‘scores’ with publishers

Marianne Kim

Marianne Kim

Marianne Kim, a graduate student of jazz piano in the NIU School of Music, is celebrating recent and pending publication of her arrangements.

Already on the market is the recent “I Have Heard You Calling in the Night,” a piano solo collection including Kim’s arrangement of “In the Garden.”

“Contemporary Hymn Stylings,” 10 piano solos arranged by Kim, will come out next month.

Releases scheduled this fall are “I Need Thee Every Hour,” which will feature 10 of Kim’s arrangements for solo piano solo, and “Jazz Spirituals and Hymns,” 10 of her arrangements for organ.

Also on the horizon this year is a still-untitled book of seven piano solos – and maybe more from other composers – as well as a collection of nine Christmas solos for organ solo, scheduled for publication in the fall of 2015.

A church musician since the age of 8, the native of South Korea has enjoyed a career as a professional musician for more than 10 years in the United States.

As a composer, arranger, accompanist, chamber musician, organist and studio musician, she has worked in a wide variety of public school, collegiate, church, amateur and professional settings, playing classical music along with Broadway musicals, standard and fusion jazz, gospel, rock, contemporary church music and more.

She served at Willow Creek Church in Barrington from 2001 to 2010 while also working at Deerfield High School (2004 to 2013) and First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn (2007 to 2013). Currently, she is a freelance musician serving local churches and as an accompanist for the Lakeside Singers.

Meanwhile, as she works on her master’s degree at NIU, she also has been given the opportunity to teach jazz piano classes.

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