Dr,. Mary Chung began playing piano in South Korea and continued with her studies and graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in the Dominican Republic. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from North Greenville University, a MM, and DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi. Chung is an active soloist and collaborative artist. She has performed both nationally and internationally, in France, Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Honduras. Her solo awards include first place in the 11th Luis A. Ferré International Piano Competition (Puerto Rico), winner of the William T. Gower Concerto Competition at the University of Southern Mississippi, finalist in the Concerto Competition at the Brevard Music Festival, alternate winner in Mississippi’s MTNA Young Artist Auditions, as well as recipient of the Music Teachers National Association’s Student Achievement Recognition Award. During her doctoral studies, Chung was the recipient of one of the University of Southern Mississippi Doctoral Assistantship Award, a competitive award for doctoral students who have demonstrated outstanding work.
She has accompanied numerous degree recitals and master classes, as well as state, regional, and national competitions for both singers and instrumentalists. Chung has also served as a pianist for the Southern Opera and Music Theater Company, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, Meistersingers, Oratorio Chorus and others.
Chung served as a full time faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, as well as Oklahoma Baptist University, an adjunct professor at Belhaven College, piano instructor for Piano Institute at the William Carey University, “Appasionato “ Music camp in Dominican Republic, and at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. Dr. Chung has served as adjudicator for piano competitions in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. In the Fall of 2017 Dr. Chung joined the faculty and coordinator of the piano department at Ouachita Baptist University.