Originally from South Korea, HyeWoon (also known as Kate) Lim has been trained as a classical pianist. She began her musical training when she became three years old, and recently she received her Doctoral Degree in Piano performance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Because of her family history – both of her parents are pastors and her older brother is studying at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, she and church music have been lifelong friends since she started serving as a church keyboardist at the age of twelve. In Korea, traditionally there are at least 4 services throughout a week, besides daily early morning prayers (at 5:00AM) and other small group meetings. When she began working, Kate’s responsibility was covering all of the services and accompanying choirs as a volunteer. It's no surprise that she excels at church music!
In 2007, she came to the University of Michigan for her Master’s Degree and finished in 3 semesters. She moved to New Jersey in 2009 by God’s guidance. Two weeks after her first semester at Rutgers, she found a job posting for a keyboardist at Three Bridges Reformed Church. She immediately replied. Since then, TBRC has been her home church, and all the people are her family members. By people’s prayers and amazing support, Kate made her orchestral debut in Vienna, Austria, in the summer 2010. She won the South Orange Symphony Orchestra competition in that year as well, and played with the orchestra in 2011. At Rutgers, she also won the annual Rutgers Symphony Orchestra competition and had a successful performance with the RSO in 2012. At her Commencement in May, 2013, she received the Irene Alm Award which stands for excellence in academic research (she got straight A's throughout her degree program) and performance (Carnegie debut, Vienna debut, several competition winner, etc.). She worked as a staff pianist at Rutgers upon her graduation, helping lessons and rehearsals of undergraduate and graduate students, joining their recording sessions, concerts, and recitals. Also as a piano instructor at Rutgers University Extension Division until early January 2014, Kate taught pre-college students by giving them private lessons weekly and offering students piano recitals. From January 2014, she is exclusively and intensely working at TBRC as a church keyboardist, music coordinator, hand-bell choir director, vocal choir director, children's music program director, and a praise band director/coordinator. Kate's passion for church music leads her to arrange choir songs and to create new musical dramas for Easter and Christmas. We look forward to more years with her at TBRC!