Mina Kim

program assistant

Collaborative Piano and ensemble Coach

Mina Kim currently serves as the Interim Director of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra and the Head of Collaborative Piano at SUNY Purchase, Conservatory of Music. Ms. Kim is an active concert pianist, conductor, collaborative pianist, vocal coach and chamber musician.

She earned a B.M. at Busan National University in South Korea, and a M.M. and an Artist Diploma at Purchase College in Piano Performance. In 2006 following the completion of her degrees at Purchase College, she was invited to join the Conservatory of Music as a member of the faculty and staff pianist, and has remained active there as a coach and mentor to many music students. 

Ms. Kim’s previous performance highlights include the following: as a concert pianist, she performed with the Savaria Symphony, the Shanghai Symphony, and the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2007, she made her New York City debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall after receiving the Artist International’s ‘Special Presentation Award’. Ms. Kim also participated in renowned music festivals such as the Vienna Music Seminar in Austria and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine.

As a vocal coach and a collaborative pianist she has been invited to summer opera programs in Italy, ‘Si Parla, Si Canta’ in Urbania in 2015-2016 and Classic Lyric Arts in Novafeltria since 2017. Recently Ms. Kim earned the Professional Studies Diploma in Vocal Collaborative Piano at Mannes College, The New School for Music and was awarded the Newton Swift Piano Award upon her graduation. She also studied in the PSD program for Orchestral Conducting at Mannes College, under the tutelage of Maestro David Hayes.

For the 2018 season, Ms. Kim served as the chorus master of The Mannes Opera, and as Programs Assistant and Collaborative Piano and Ensemble coach for both Classic Lyric Arts programs.


Photo credit: Sam Schanwald.

Photo credit: Sam Schanwald.

Maria Miller

Development Coordinator

"Fabulous" mezzo-soprano Maria Miller is a proud native of Paducah, KY.

Role credits: Lucy in William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight at the College-Conservatory of Music; The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Other roles include Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Praskowia in The Merry Widow, and Nora in Riders to the Sea. Concert performances include Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky; Bettina Skrzypczak’s Miroirs.

She is a proud alumna of both Classic Lyric Arts programs. Maria pursues her Master of Music candidacy in Voice at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice. Her education is also represented by University of Louisville School of Music, Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France, and University of Evansville Theatre Department.  Maria speaks fluent French and Italian. She is a recipient of the award for the Southeastern District of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

She has interned at the Ruban Vert Théâtre in Aix-en-Provence, where she assisted in rehearsals for Correspondance pour Berlin, Inconnu a cette addresse and Les précieuses ridicules. She has translated biographies and poem settings for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, L'Associazione Daltro Canto, and the University of Louisville New Music Festival. Maria has done dramaturgy work in the May Studio Theatre productions of Anatomy of Gray,The Seagull and Crimes of the Heart. She also taught acting and improvisation classes with the award-winning Market House Theatre.

Elizabeth Perez

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Eliz enrolled in the Inter-American University in San German, Puerto Rico where she gained a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Voice. While there, Elizabeth participated in different Jazz and Latin ensembles.

As a soprano and understudy for the role of Amparo, Eliz was part of the Operetta “Cofressí” of the renowned composer Rafael Hernández in the Fine Arts Theater of Santurce, P.R.  She is vocally trained in classical and popular music. Elizabeth has been part of summer programs and festivals for classical singers including the IV Choir Festival of the Caribbean in Panama City, Summer Vocal Art Workshop in Puerto Rico, AIMS in Graz-Austria and CLA “La Lingua Della Lirica” in Novafeltria, Italy.

Perez has also participated in Concerts performing Broadway Musicals such as Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia and Cats. This is as a result of her joining the theater and ballet group 3 Generations in San Germán, PR. Pérez finished her Master’s Degree at The New School with a concentration in Performance. She joined Bartholomew’s Church in Queens, N.Y. where she became the singing leader of the music department.

 Elizabeth is currently an active singer in New York City in both popular and classical music scenes. Perez is also working at Hunter College as a Production Coordinator for the Center for Puerto-Rican Studies. Her goal is to continue supporting cultural exchange through music.