Faculty & Administration

Ookjin You

Instructor of Piano

Ookjin You, D.M.A. serves as Instructor of Piano at Texas A&M University- Kingsville, and is in high demand as a solo and collaborative performer, and adjudicator. Her first piano teacher was Kyungmi Lee who was raised in Japan, and trained in New England Conservatory. She subsequently studied with Rolf Plagge (University of Mozarteum), Norman Krieger, Alan L. Smith, and Jeffrey Kahane ( University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA). As a collaborator, she has worked with flutists Eva Amsler and Yoon-Hee Jung, the baritones Anthony Moreno and David Castillo, the cellists Unmi Han, and pianists Hui-Ting Yang, Jeongwon Suh, and Art Williams. 

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea and after graduating Yewon Conservatory  and Seoul Arts High School with honors,  Ookjin You received a Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from Ewha Women's University in Seoul, a Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance (Klavier Konzertfach) in 2009  in Austria, Europe with the Post Graduate certificate in Piano Performance (Klavier Konzertfach) in 2011.  In 2017, she earned Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at USC Thornton School of Music, with a minor in Music Education, Keyboard Collaborative Arts and Sacred Music under the tutelage of Drs. Beatrice Ilari, Alan L. Smith, Stewart Gordon and Nick Strimple. 

As a featured soloist, Ookjin You debuted with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra with the work of Edvard Grieg. Her solo performance has been broadcasted on Classical KUSC, the only classical radio in the greater Los Angeles area. She released a recent album sponsored by PARMA recording with the piano solo works and an ensemble work of contemporary composer, Carl Vollrath in the greater Boston area in 2023. 

Ookjin You studies baroque music, contemporary composer's improvisations and pedagogical methos of piano/ collaborative coaching. Other interest include counseling, jazz, Cuban music, J-pop and language. 


School of MusicMSC 174 Texas A&M University-KingsvilleKingsville, Texas 78363-8202email:

Office: MUEB 238

Ookjin You