About Us

BIOGRAPHY

A Chicago-based composer, pianist, organist, and harpsichordist, Marianne Kim has been noted for her vibrant performances and compositions in a wide diversity of musical styles, such as classical, jazz, Broadway musical, R&B, gospel, traditional & contemporary church music, and more.

As a soloist and collaborative artist, Marianne enjoys performing piano and organ recitals, chamber music and jazz. She has worked for the Lakeside Singers performing highly demanding dual roles of classical accompanist and rhythm section keyboardist since 2005, and served Willow Creek Community Church and the Moody Church over a decade. Marianne is currently a principle organist at Christ Church of Oak Brook.

Marianne has been creating music for piano, organ, choral and instruments, and published them through major publishers, including Lorenz Corp., Hope Publishing, Augsburg Fortress and Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard Corp, Concordia Publishing and GIA Publications and has received critical acclaim for her compositions. Marianne’s music has been described as “Intelligently crafted and quite artful with aural surprises” by Mark Hayes, “Sparkling arrangements with tasteful jazz harmonies and rhythms” by Larry Shackley, and “Incorporating invigorating harmonies, syncopated rhythms, and an assortment of jazz elements” by Douglas Wagner.

Born and raised in Busan, Korea, Marianne studied piano and composition at Pusan High School of Arts and earned BM in composition at Pusan National University. Working professionally over 10 years in the United States, she returned to school and earned dual Masters of Music in jazz studies and organ performance with scholarships and prizes from Northern Illinois University.

Marianne is a member of ASCAP and AGO.

FEATURED PERFORMANCE

VARIATIONS ON THE CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD

Performed at Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series Mar25, 2019, Olivet Nazarene University

“With such a fascinating story behind the origin of William Pitts’s tune, “Wildwood” (Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Illinois) Marianne’s Wildwood offers a picturesque “story” of her own. A humble Introduction of the simple theme, through a sparkling Ragtime inspired Intermezzo, Romantic Ballad, dramatic Bachian Fantasy, Pedal Cadenza, lush Romantic Free-Harmonization, crescendo into a fiery Finale. While definitely a Jazz work, one can hear some influence of Jean Langlais and Olivier Messiaen! Nothing short of stupendous!”

Kenrick Mervine, Organist
Colorado Symphony
Colorado Bach Ensemble

NEW MUSIC

CONTEMPORARY STANDARDS

10 fresh new arrangments by Marianne Kim for piano solo: Bless the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts) • Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones) • Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) • Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel) • My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from ‘Titanic’) (Celine Dion) • The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel) • Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran) • What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) • Yesterday (The Beatles) • You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban).

ORGAN IMPRESSIONS

10 fresh new arrangments by Marianne Kim for piano solo: Bless the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts) • Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones) • Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) • Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel) • My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from ‘Titanic’) (Celine Dion) • The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel) • Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran) • What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) • Yesterday (The Beatles) • You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban).

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Marianne is one of the most talented, accomplished, and versatile musicians I have ever had the pleasure to know. She is absolutely the complete package.
Marianne can be measured against the best of the best. She is a sensitive and accomplished accompanist equally at home with classical repertoire, gospel music and jazz.
There is a rich well of creativity within Marianne. She is a bright new talent on the Christian music scene and I expect her to make a great contribution to church music.

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