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” (http://disneyhallorgan.com/). She enjoys teaching piano and organ, and maintaining an intellectually stimulating and physically active life.

Concert Schedule



April 23, 2017 (Sun, 5 pm)

“The Great Organ: It’s Sunday”

Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, NY

http://www.stjohndivine.org/visit/calendar/series/3/the-great-organ-its-sunday

- I will be giving a solo organ concert on a stunning organ at a most renowned church.



April 25, 2017 (Tue, 12:20 pm)

Bach at Noon Organ Meditation”

Grace Church, NY

http://music.gracechurchnyc.org/

- I will be playing selections from Bach’s Clavier-Übung III on their 2013 Taylor and Boody Organ.



May 7, 2017 (Sun, 2:00 pm)

A Marathon of English Organ Music”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, Encino

- I am playing English organ music with several other respected organists in town.



May 21, 2017 (Sun)

Great Music at Ascension Concert Series

Ascension Lutheran Church, Thousand Oaks

http://www.alcto.org/

- I am playing a solo concert on the pipe organ and piano.




June, 25, 2017 (Sun, 5:00 pm)

Beethoven’s Mass in C

Westwood Presbyterian Church

- My church choir is concluding the season with Beethoven’s masterwork, Mass in C.