Meet the musicians

Joon Park

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Joon Park (he/him) is a performer and educator currently based out of Kansas City, Missouri. Joon performs in a variety of different ensembles and genres that has taken him across the United States and internationally. He has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and is a member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Fountain City Brass Band. In addition to playing in orchestras and brass bands, Joon has appeared in concert with popular music artists such as Seal and regularly plays in musical theater orchestras.

From 2018 to 2021, Joon was a member of Volker Brass, the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory’s fellowship brass chamber group. During his time in Volker Brass, Joon performed numerous recitals, educational outreach and service concerts, and gave masterclasses in Kansas City and across the Midwest. Active on the competition circuit, Volker Brass were semi-finalists at the 2020 Coltman Competition and national finalists in the 2019 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Winds Competition. They were also semi-finalists and recipients of the American Brass Quintet Prize at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Joon has led a variety of clinics, masterclasses, and workshops throughout the United States. Recently, Joon was on faculty for the Brass Band of Battle Creek’s Summer Youth Camps, the California Central Coast Orchestra & Jazz Academy, and presented masterclasses for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Joon was a Teaching Artist for Youth Orchestra Salinas (YOSAL), an El Sistema USA member organization that provides tuition-free musical training for at-risk and underserved youth in Salinas, CA.

Beyond the Scale for Trumpet, his book that was co-authored with Jacob Taitel, was recently published by Encore Music Publishers and received a positive review in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. This educational resource takes trumpet players to new levels where scales become tools. These tools will allow players to polish their skills and reach new levels of technical mastery.

Joon is currently finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory as a student of Dr. Keith Benjamin. His previous teachers include Justin Emerich, Paul Merkelo, Christopher Smith, and Andrew Dunn. He received his Master of Music degree in 2018 from Michigan State University and earned his Bachelor of Music degree in 2016 from McGill University.