Geena Kam is a classical pianist, collaborator, pedagogue, and arts advocate. Currently a piano faculty member at Saint Mary’s College and a program assistant at Fischoff National Chamber Music Association, Notre Dame, IN, Dr. Kam has concertized throughout the Midwest, Asia, and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician.

Born in Korea, Geena's family moved every two years from air force base to base in rural towns of Korea. Every time she changed her home and school (she went to three different elementary schools, one middle school, and three high schools!),  she found great comfort from playing her mom's old, often out of tune, upright piano.

Geena decided to pursue a life in music when she moved to the States as an exchange student at the age of 16. Since then, she has devoted herself in learning, practicing, performing, and teaching music.

In her spare time, she loves to read pastry cookbooks and try new recipes, as one of her childhood dreams was to become a pastry chef (and she still secretly hopes to become one someday).

 

Geena lives in Granger, Indiana with her data scientist husband Alan who loves to build Star Wars legos, Harry Potter fan daughter Annabelle and son Austin who loves Marvel superheros.

Education 

2012                    D.M.A. Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Iowa

                               - Thesis: Analytical and pedagogical approach to the Sonatine for piano by Donald Martin Jenni (1937-2006)

2007                    M.A. Piano Performance, Eastern Michigan University

2005                    B.A. Piano Performance, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 

Positions

2020-present       Program Assistant, Fischoff National Chamber Music Association, Notre Dame, IN

2015-present       Piano Faculty, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

                                 - Instructor for group piano class and applied piano lessons for music and non-music majors

2011-2015           Piano Faculty, Indiana University South Bend, IN

                                 - Instructor for group piano class and aural skills for music majors 

                                 - Instructor for music appreciation class for non-music majors

2011-2012          Piano Faculty, University of Notre Dame, IN

                                - Instructor for group piano class and applied piano lessons for non-music majors

                                - Accompanist for voice studio

2009-2011          Piano Faculty, Kirkwood Community College, IA

                                - Instructor for applied piano lessons for music and non-music majors

2007-2011          Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa

                               - Instructor for group piano class for music and non-music majors

                               - Accompanist for instrumental & voice studio

2005-2007        Graduate Assistant, Eastern Michigan University

                               - Accompanist for opera workshop, instrumental & voice studio

Professional Experience

2011-present      South Bend Area Music Teachers Association

                               - Festival Director: creates and directs the festivals & competitions for the pre-college students

                               - Stickley Piano Competition Committee: plans and organizes annual piano competition

                               - Vice Chair for The Elnora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund: oversees the grants and scholarships, organizes   

                                   the annual scholarship audition for high school and college students, manages and updates scholarship & grant applications

                               - Website Manager: manages and updates www.sbamta.org

2019-present      Founder and Artistic Director of Buchanan Art Center Summer Concert Series

                                 - Directs a free public concert series for the South West Michigan/North Eastern Indiana community

2019-present      Artistic Director of Indiana Music for Food Concert Series

                                 - Organizes a charity concert series benefiting the Food Bank of Northern Indiana

2018-present      Indiana University South Bend Piano Series Advisory Committee

                                  - Participates in committee that oversees and plans the concert series