Jaebon Hwang

Jaebon Hwang is Organist and Interim Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church of San Diego. Previously she has served as Organist at Westwood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles and Assistant Organist at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.

She won 3rd prize at the 13th National Organ-Playing Competition sponsored by The Ruth and Clarence Mader Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2013. Awarded Fellow of American Guild of Organists (FAGO) in 2011, she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance at the University of Southern California, studying with Dr. Ladd Thomas in 2019. Prior to her studies in organ, she earned degrees in Composition and Scoring for Film & Multimedia from Korea National University of Arts and New York University respectively.

As an active member of the American Guild of Organists, she has served on the executive board of the Los Angeles and San Diego chapters in several roles and in 2018 directed a Pipe Organ Encounter. She participated in the recording of an album of the “Hollywood Epic Brass” with in-demand studio musicians in 2014 and has worked with such prestigious organizations as Los Angeles Opera and San Diego Symphony. Featured at the West Region Conventions of the American Guild of Organists in 2017 and 2019, Dr. Hwang maintains an active performance schedule as a recitalist and as a collaborative artist and composes new music as time permits.