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.

Marianne Kim, a principal organist, at Christ Church of Oak Brook, IL

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, and served as keyboardist at Willow Creek Community Church and Moody Church. She has recently accepted a new position of principal organist for Christ Church of Oak Brook, IL Sep 2018 where she accompanies congregation and performs with many talented musicians on Sunday morning services.


 Marianne has composed and arranged music in piano, organ, choral and instrumental genres. Her works have been published through major publishers, including Lorenz Publishing Company, Hope Publishing, Augsburg Fortress, Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard Corp, Yesol Press, and have 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 Korea, Marianne studied piano and composition at Pusan High School of Arts and earned BM in composition at Pusan National University. After working professionally more than a decade 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 School of Music of Northern Illinois University.

Jazz Scholarship (2013), Robert R. and Frances A. Green Endowed Scholarship(2013), Jeffry Lunsford Fellowship Award(2014), Richard Keefer Award(2014), Farney Wurlitzer Scholarship(2014), Outstanding Women’s Awards (2015), Artistic Talent Scholarship (2015~2016).

Marianne studied music theory and composition with Dr. Soon-Hee Kang, Jazz Piano with Willie Pickens, Frank Caruso and Alan Swain, Jazz Organ (Hammond B3) with Reginald Thomas, Jazz Arranging with Tom Garling, Choral Conducting with Dr. Eric Johnson, Organ and Harpsichord with James Russell Brown, and privately with Margaret McElwain Kemper.


Marianne has worked and shared stage with Robert Bowker, Howard Levy, Mark S. Doss,Todd Thomas, Duain Wolfe, Ludwig Wicki, Michael James Scott, Linda McCrary, Josie Falbo, Bonnie Herman, Paul Langford, Larry Gray, John McLean, Donald Harrison, Rodrigo Villanueva, Ron Carter, Rodney Whitaker, Vincent Gardner, Rollo Dilworth, Montez Coleman and more.