EJ (Eun Jung) Park was born in Gwangju, South Korea. Her parents were music enthusiasts who filled their home with great music. EJ began piano lessons at the age of five when her preschool teacher discovered her playing melodies on the piano and recommended that she study the instrument. The piano soon played a major role in EJ’s life. She studied classical repertoire, performed in church, and followed her parents' wishes to pursue a career as a classical pianist. They were less enthusiastic when she developed a strong desire to study vocal performance. She attended the University of Cheonnam as a piano major with the agreement that serious vocal studies would begin after graduation.
Her time at Cheonnam confirmed for her that a career as a classical pianist would not fulfill her growing desire to sing and explore other musical genres. She has said, I did not want to play composed music perfectly, I wanted to freely express who I am through music.
After graduating from University of Cheonnam she entered Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts (DIMA). It was there that she became exposed to jazz and quickly determined that jazz would be the perfect vehicle for the creative self expression she was seeking. In 2008, while at DIMA, she began immersing herself in the study of jazz singing. She performed at well-known Korean jazz venues and participated in various concerts singing both jazz and gospel music. In the following years EJ became the leader/arranger of “Da Capo,” a jazz vocal acapella group. She also began teaching voice at Entertainment Management Academy.
* I believe EunJung Park is a special artist. She has a solid artistic vision of what
she wants to with her music. Her singing is beautiful. She sings with a love for
the style of music. She has an understanding of the musical intricacies of jazz yet
communicates with a lovely elegance.
I have no doubt that she would flourish here given the opportunity. The fact that
she is a Korean woman singing jazz, I feel, is an advantage for her. It gives her a
nice visibility in the
Steve Beskrone (Well known Philadelphia bassist who has toured with Ray Charles
and Horace Silver)
* I have worked with Ms
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
Accompanist of Undergraduate Program (Voice Department), Voice Faculty of Graduate Program