Namhee Han


Playing from the heart defines organist Namhee Han’s approach to music-making.  She gave the opening concert for the renowned Los Angeles Bach Festival in 2013 and has performed at the National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). Constantly expanding the repertoire of her artistic expressions, she has played with orchestras such the Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale (organ) and the GRAMMY award-winning Southwest Chamber Music (harpsichord and harmonium). 

A native of South Korea, Namhee studied the piano from age eight.  After earning a Bachelor of Arts in English education from Seoul National University, she came to the US to pursue graduate studies in linguistics.  It was then that she encountered the organ and became immediately fascinated with the limitless tonal and expressive possibilities of the instrument.  She began organ study with Thomas Harmon in 1999 and completed Master's and Doctoral degrees in organ performance at UCLA working with Christoph Bull.  In addition, she holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in applied linguistics from UCLA.  Dr. Han has coached with Marie-Claire Alain, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Jean Guillou and Guy Bovet, and participated in master classes by such eminent teacher-organists as David Craighead, Frederick Swann, Marilyn Keiser, Todd Wilson, Christopher Herrick, Paul Jacobs, Kimberly Marshall and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin. She has also studied with Philip Smith, the Organ Conservator at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

The resident organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, Dr. Han is keenly interested in contributing to the music community in Southern California and regularly collaborates with instrumentalists, orchestras and choral groups in local performances.  Her recent performance projects include playing solo and duo organ pieces for the DVD “The story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ” ( Her piano and organ students have successfully got in prestigious music schools. She enjoys maintaining an intellectually stimulating and physically active life.

Concert Schedule

September 20, 2017 (Wed, 12:45 pm)

“Midday Wednesday Organ Recital Series”

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

- I will be playing Rossini’s “William Tell” overture, Faure’s Sicilienne, Wagner’s Pilgrims Chorus and Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves.

October 7, 2017 (Sat, 8:00 pm)

Organ Concert at a Private Residence

November 13, 2017 (Mon, 8:00 pm)

In Honor of Emma Lou Diemer”

Westwood United Methodist Church

- I am playing organ works [Nettleton, Ellers, Valet will ich dir geben] of the prolific American composer, Diemer as part of the celebration event organized by LA chapter of AGO.

December 1, 2017 (Fri, 8:00 pm)

Annual Messiah Sing Along Concert

Westwood Presbyterian Church

- My church is presenting this glorious music by Handel with soloists and chamber orchestra (conducted by Maria Newman)

December 10, 2017 (Sun, 8:50, 11:10 am)

Music at Westwood at my home church presents Bach’s Magnificat with soloists and chamber orchestra (conducted by Maria Newman)

January 5, 2018 (Fri, 12:10 pm)

Classical Crossroads Concert Series

First Lutheran Church, Torrance

- I am playing season’s favorites such as Bish’s “Drummer Boy/Pat-a-Pan”, Bach’s Canonic Variations on “Vom Himmel hoch da komm’ ich her”, Bovet’s “Wie Schon Leuchtet der Morgenstern”, and also Bolcom’s “Sweet 16ths” and Rossini’s “William Tell” Overture finale.