The Han Family


 

Taemin Han, pianist and music conductor, received master's degrees in music from Michigan State University (choral conducting, studied with Dr. Charles Smith and Dr. David Rayl, and piano pedagogy, studied with Prof. Deborah Moriarty and Dr. Midori Koga) and Eastern Michigan University (piano performance, studied with Prof. Dady Mehta). 

Taemin served various denominations of churches (Catholic, Episcopal and Presbyterian) in Michigan until coming to Waterloo, Iowa in December 2009.  He is currently serving First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo as Director of Music Ministries. 

Taemin has directed numerous concerts for churches, performing many major sacred music including Ralph Vaughan Williams' "O Clap Your Hands", Mozart's Regina Coeli, K. 276, J. S. Bach's Cantata BWV 166, "Wo gehest du hin?",  J. Haydn's“Missa brevis St. Joannis de Deo (Little Organ Mass)”, G. F. Handel's Coronation Anthem No. 4, "Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened", Vivaldi's "Gloria", and Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy."   In Waterloo, he performed Christmas portion, Part I, and "Hallelujah Chorus” of Handel's Messiah with the Westminster Presbyterian Chancel Choir in 2010, and again with the combined choirs of First Congregational United Church of Christ and First Presbyterian Church in 2012.  

As an active pianist, Taemin performed Beethoven’s Piano Concert No. 1 with the Eastern Michigan University Orchestra and J. S. Bach's Concerto for Two Keyboards, BWV 1060, along with his wife Miah, with the Eastern Michigan University Chamber Orchestra.  Taemin and Miah enjoy performing together piano and organ duet pieces for church services and concerts.

Mr. Taemin Han is a dedicated church musician who advocates education in music through fine singing and emphasizes understanding of the history and culture of all music.

 

Miah Han, pianist and organist, was exposed to church music from birth because her father was the pastor of a Presbyterian Church in South Korea.  She earned a master's degree in organ performance from Han-Yang University in Seoul and bachelor's degree in piano performance from Kyungbook University in Daegu, Korea.  She continued studying organ with Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra at Eastern Michigan University and is a member of both the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.

Miah has worked with and under the direction of Taemin Han at several churches in Michigan, performing some major organ works with orchestra such as Handel's Organ Concerto, Op. 4, No. 2 in B-flat Major and Haydn's Organ Concerto No. 2 in C Major, Hob XVIII.  Miah and Taemin performed J. S. Bach's Concerto for Two Keyboards, BWV 1060 as soloists with the Eastern Michigan University Chamber Orchestra in November, 1998.

As a guest organist, she performed in the organ dedication ceremony for the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Milan and a Christmas concert with united choirs of five Korean churches in Ann Arbor in 1999. 

Miah Han served as organist for the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Clemens, Michigan until moving to Waterloo, Iowa.  Miah has been giving annual concerts to the Waterloo/Cedar Falls community, entitled "Miah and Friends," with various instruments and voice since 2011.

She is currently serving First Congregational United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Iowa as organist. She has been respected and admired by the congregation of the church and the community for her determination and ability in pursuing high quality music for worship services as well as music concerts at the church.  

 

Grace Han started learning flute at 5th grade and has been playing for Sunday services and musical events at church frequently.  At school, Grace was the only 9th grader in Symphony Band at Fraser High School, which requires auditioning.  She also played in Marching Band and Flute Ensemble.  

She was selected for and participated in the Michigan All-State Band and Orchestra Festival in 2008 for the Middle School Band, and 2009, for the High School Band.   She participated in the Waterloo West Marching Band and also plays in the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra while attending West High School in Waterloo, Iowa. She graduated from the school in May 2012.  

Grace is in her first year of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program at the University of Iowa in 2017 after graduating from the same school with Bachelor of Arts degree (in English major with pre-pharmacy study). 

Solomon Han is now a 11th grader at West High School in Waterloo, Iowa.  He has been working on the piano with his dad (and assisted by mom) for 8 years and started learning trombone from the summer of 2012.  He is currently playing the trombone in the West High Marching Band.  He is also playing handbells in Celebration Ringers  and singing in the Sanctuary Choir at First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, Iowa.   


 Taemin and Miah have been married for 24 years.  They came to the United States in 1997 and had spent 12 years in Michigan before coming to Iowa.  Their daughter, Grace Han, was 3 years old when she came to the U. S. and is now 21 years old.  Son, Solomon, was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and is now 15 years old.  The Han family moved into Iowa in December of 2009. Miah and Taemin became US citizens on April 19, 2017.


     

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