Eugenia Jeong

Piano Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Northwestern University, DMA, MM Eastman School of Music, BM

Significant teachers and mentors: 

James Giles, Alon Goldstein, Willard Schultz, Golda Tatz, Nelita True

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

My approach to teaching is flexible with each student or ensemble, providing tailored instruction based on the student’s needs in areas ranging from musical phrasing and structural harmonic analyses to discussing effective practice strategies. Rather than imposing my interpretation of music, I favor posing questions that address the “why”, providing students with the tools that will enable them to think, collaborate, create musical dialogues, and make musical decisions themselves.

Awards and achievements: 

National Finalist, MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition Winner, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Concerto Competition Winner, Chicago Musicians Club of Women Music Scholarship Competition Winner, Pauline Lindsey Piano Competition 2nd prize, Thaviu-Isaak Competition Winner, National YoungArts Foundation

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Active solo and collaborative pianist in Evanston and the Chicago area.

Interests outside of music: 

traveling, drawing, spending time with family and friends

Favorite quote: 

You are what you think.

Favorite practice tip: 

Practice like you're performing, perform like you're practicing.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 


Favorite musical moment: 

When I can feel that the audience is breathing with me.

Research and presentations / publications: 

Dissertation title: “Reinterpreting the Classical Music Market Crisis: An Opportunity to Innovate Concert Presentations”